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November 1930

SPLENECTOMY IN GAUCHER'S DISEASE

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Division of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Surg. 1930;21(5):851-859. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1930.01150170137007
Abstract

The literature on Gaucher's disease, by reason of its comparative paucity, has been kept well abreast of the time. It seems unnecessary to record a review of it.

At the Mayo Clinic, in 530 cases in which splenectomy was performed during the period of seventeen years, 1913 to 1929, inclusive, Gaucher's disease was encountered four times. In this article I shall not enter into a discussion of the theories advanced as to the etiology and pathology of the disease. Records of cases are given in detail as far as possible. I have been particularly interested in the value of splenectomy in this group, and there would seem to be a well grounded impression that in patients who have reached maturity removal of the spleen has a definitely beneficial effect.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case I. 

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