An Unusual Reason for Gastric Variceal Hemorrhage: Wandering Spleen

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Koseoglu H., Atalay R., Buyukasik N. S. , Canyigit M., Ozer M., Solakoglu T., ...More

INDIAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY, vol.77, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 77
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12262-013-0993-2
  • Title of Journal : INDIAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY


Wandering spleen is the displacement of the spleen due to the loss or weakening of the ligaments of the spleen and is seen very rarely with an incidence of less than 0.5 %. It can cause portal hypertension, but gastric variceal hemorrhage is a quite rare condition within the spectrum of this uncommon disease. We report a 22-year-old woman with wandering spleen presenting with life-threatening gastric variceal hemorrhage. Her diagnosis was made by computerized tomography. Endoscopic therapy was not adequate to stop the bleeding, and urgent splenectomy was performed. After surgery she has been well with no symptoms until now.