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01.12.2014 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2014

A torted wandering spleen: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2014
Aman Sharma, Gisella Salerno
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-8-133) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

AS made substantial contributions to: conception, design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data and was involved in drafting the manuscript. GS was involved in revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.



A torted wandering spleen is a rare clinical occurrence with fewer than 500 cases reported and an incidence of less than 0.2%. It is brought about through laxity of the gastrosplenic and splenorenal ligaments; however, the precise aetiology remains unknown. It can prove to be a diagnostic challenge with high mortality if misdiagnosed.

Case presentation

We present the case of a 27-year-old woman of Arabic ethnicity, who complained of a short history of severe abdominal pain with the background of recurrent abdominal pain and vomiting. An abdominal computerized tomography scan revealed a torted wandering spleen. This required a splenectomy due to splenic infarction.


This report highlights the investigations and management necessary for a patient who presents with an ischaemic torted wandering spleen.

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