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February 1992

Outcome of Nonoperative Management of Splenic Injury With Nuclear Scanning: Clinical Significance of Persistent Abnormalities

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Pediatric Surgery (Drs Bethel, Touloukian, and Seashore) and the Department of Diagnostic Imaging (Dr Rosenfield), Yale University School of Medicine, and the Yale—New Haven (Conn) Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(2):198-200. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160140064023

• Uncertainties remain about the frequency and need for diagnostic imaging following recovery from splenic injury with nonoperative management. To gain further understanding, the final appearance of the splenic roentgenographic image was evaluated in 20 consecutive children (mean age, 10.1 years) undergoing serial studies up to 70 weeks following injury. A total of 65 technetium 99m sulfur colloid scans, including 45 follow-up studies, were obtained and evaluated. By 20 weeks following injury, six patients (30%) were normal, four (20%) demonstrated minimal residual effects, and 10 (50%) had significantly improved, leaving some persistent abnormality. None of the patients in the last group showed any clinical problem. No distinctions could be made by comparing the severity of the initial injury with a persisting imaging defect. We conclude that clinical considerations alone should determine whether any follow-up imaging be performed in children recovering from splenic injury.

(AJDC. 1992;146:198-200)

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