Blunt splenic trauma in children.
Lakhoo K., Bass DH., Cywes S.
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%.