Acquired functional asplenia. Association with spontaneous rupture of the spleen and fatal spontaneous rupture of the liver in amyloidosis.

@article{Hurd1980AcquiredFA,
  title={Acquired functional asplenia. Association with spontaneous rupture of the spleen and fatal spontaneous rupture of the liver in amyloidosis.},
  author={William W. Hurd and Richard E. Katholi},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={1980},
  volume={140 6},
  pages={
          844-5
        }
}
A 45-year-old woman who had lower extremity ecchymoses and vague abdominal and back complaints was found to have acquired functional asplenia manifested by Howell-Jolly bodies and poikilocytosis on peripheral blood smear. On spleen scan there was inability to take up radioactive colloid. Shortly thereafter, she was found to have a spontaneous rupture of the spleen. At operation, the spleen, liver, and periaortic lymph nodes were found to be diffusely involved with amyloidosis. Five months later… CONTINUE READING
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