Disease Information for Wandering spleen, congenital

Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Abdominal Mass
Lower Abdominal Mass
Mass in LLQ
Pelvic Mass on Exam
Pelvic Mass Male patient
Asymptomatic patient
Demographics & Risk Factors
Past History
Past history/Splenic trauma
Population Group
Population/Pediatrics population
Sex & Age Groups
Diagnostic Test Results
Isotope Scan
Isotope/Tagged RBC/Bleeding scan abnormal
Isotope/Technesium scan/Abdomen/Abnormal
Isotope/Spleen scan abnormal
CT Scan
CT Scan/Spleen abnormal/ABD
Ultrasound/Spleen abnormal
Associated Diseases & Rule outs
Associated Disease & Complications
Spleen anomaly/aplasia/hypoplasia
Disease Mechanism & Classification
CLASS/Spleen disorder (ex)
CLASS/Spleen/thymus/RES/immune system (category)
PROCESS/Congenital/developmental (category)
PROCESS/Structural/anatomic/foreign body (category)
lien migrans, Lien migrans (disorder), lien mobilis, spleen wandering, Spleens Wandering, wandering spleen, Wandering spleen (disorder), Wandering Spleens, Synonym/ Ectopic spleen with mass consequence, Synonym/Congenital Ectopic Spleen, Synonym/Displaced Spleen, Synonym/Drifting Spleen, Synonym/Floating Spleen, Synonym/Multiple or accessory spleen, Synonym/Pelvic Spleen, Synonym/Splenoptosis, Synonym/Systopic Spleen, Synonym/WS (Wandering Spleen)

congenital ectopic spleen with mass consequence; often muliple or accessory spleen; Wandering Spleen;Displaced Spleen; Drifting Spleen; Floating Spleen; Pelvic Spleen;

Splenic Ptosis; Splenoptosis; Systopic Spleen; WS.

Congenital wandering spleen is a very rare, randomly distributed, birth defect characterized by the absence or weakness of one or more of the ligaments that hold the spleen in its normal position in the upper left abdomen; The disorder is not genetic in origin; Instead of ligaments, the spleen is attached by a stalk-like tissue supplied with blood vessels (vascular pedicle); If the pedicle is twisted in the course of the movement of the spleen, the blood supply may be interrupted or blocked (ischemia) to the point of severe damage to the blood vessels (infarction); Because there is little or nothing to hold it in place the spleen "wanders" in the lower abdomen or pelvis where it may be mistaken for an unidentified abdominal (or pelvic) mass; Symptoms of wandering spleen are typically those associated with an abnormally large size of the spleen (splenomegaly) or the unusual position of the spleen in the abdomen; Enlargement is most often the result of twisting (torsion) of the splenic arteries and veins or, in some cases, the formation of a blood clot (infarct) in the spleen; "Acquired" wandering spleen may occur during adulthood due to injuries or other underlying conditions that may weaken the ligaments that hold the spleen in its normal position (eg, connective tissue disease or pregnancy)------ [NORD 2005]--------------------------



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