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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 83-85

Laparoscopic splenectomy for tuberculous abscess of the spleen

1 Division of Minimal Access Surgery, P D Hinduja National Hospital, Veer Savarkar Road, Mahim, Mumbai 400016, India
2 Department of Surgery, Fortis Escorts Hospital and Research Centre, Neelam Bata Road, Faridabad, India

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Deepraj Bhandarkar
Division of Minimal Access Surgery, Hinduja Hospital, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai 400016
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.68582

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Abscess of the spleen is an uncommon clinical entity and a tuberculous abscess is particularly rare. Although image-guided aspiration has been reported, splenectomy is the preferred modality of treatment. We report a 32-year-old female diagnosed to have a large, multilocular splenic abscess during investigation of a pyrexial illness. Her haemoglobin was 9.8 gm%, ESR 100 mm/1 st hour and she was HIV negative. She had been on anti-tubercular chemotherapy (started elsewhere) for 2 months but had shown poor response. A laparoscopic splenectomy undertaken using four-ports was challenging due to the presence of perisplenitis and adhesions in the splenic hilum. Also, fundus of stomach densely adherent to the upper pole of the spleen required stapled resection. Postoperatively, she developed a low-output pancreatic fistula that resolved with conservative treatment within a week. Histopathology of the spleen confirmed tuberculosis. She responded well to anti-tubercular chemotherapy and remains well 3 years later.


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