ABSTRACT: Wandering spleen is an unusual condition in children and is even more rarely diagnosed in the neonatal period. A case of splenic haemorrhage after dystocic birth in a newborn is reported. Before surgery, results of imaging studies were suggestive of a ruptured spleen. On laparotomy, a big haematoma surrounding a wandering spleen was found. Haemorrhage aroused from short splenic arteria. Haemostasia and splenopexy were performed. The spleen proved later to be viable. The authors speculate that the haemorrhage was the first manifestation of the wandering spleen.
Journal of Pediatric Surgery 03/2004; 39(2):240-2. · 1.45 Impact Factor