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Partial splenectomy for massive splenomegaly secondary to Gaucher's disease.
  1. W. E. Thomas,
  2. D. A. Winfield
  1. Department of Surgery, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK.


    A 16 year old girl with Type 1 Gaucher's disease presented with massive splenomegaly, hypersplenism and abdominal discomfort. Traditionally hypersplenism has been treated with splenectomy, but this results in a high incidence of overwhelming sepsis and accelerated sphingolipid deposition in both liver and bone. A 90% partial splenectomy was therefore performed leaving a fully vascularized inferior segment of the spleen and resecting 5.8 kg of splenic tissue. The patient made an uneventful recovery with a marked improvement in her haematological parameters and general condition.

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