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July 1974

Correlation of Liver and Spleen Size: Determinations by Nuclear Medicine Studies and Physical Examination

Author Affiliations

San Diego, Calif

From the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla, Calif (Drs. Halpern, Coel, Ashburn, Littenberg, Hurwitz, and Green), and the Nuclear Medicine Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, San Diego, Calif (Dr. Alazraki).

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):123-124. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190125018

The size of the liver and spleen was determined by scintiphotography in 214 patients and the results correlated with the physical findings concerning these two organs. False-positive interpretations of liver size and false-negative interpretations of spleen size were very common as determined by physical examination. The findings of a palpable spleen by physical examination correlated to a very high degree with anatomical enlargement of that organ.