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Splenic trauma in 96 patients over an 11-year period is reviewed. Almost 80% of injuries resulted from motor vehicle accidents in which the patients was a pedestrian, and over 80% of patients sustained multiple injuries. Splenic injury was confirmed by isotope scanning at laparotomy. Non-operative management was feasible in 87.5% of the children, with no mortality or morbidity. In patients requiring surgery, splenic salvage was possible in 75%.


Journal article


S Afr J Surg

Publication Date





108 - 109


Child, Female, Humans, Male, Spleen, Wounds, Nonpenetrating