Arteriovenous shunts in the human spleen.

  title={Arteriovenous shunts in the human spleen.},
  author={M I Barnhart and C A Baechler and J. Lusher},
  journal={American journal of hematology},
  volume={1 1},
The mission of this study was to determine whether or not arteriovenous connections, indicative of a "closed" type of circulation, existed in the human spleen. Spleens from four patients requiring therapeutic splenectomy were the basis for this report. Scanning electron microscopy of plastic corrosion casts, prepared from these four spleens, revealed direct vascular conduits between splenic pulp arteries or arterial capillaries and the venous sinuses in the red pulp. Also demonstrated were a… CONTINUE READING