We have evaluated the efficasy of partial splenic embolization (SE) in the treatment in 10 cirrhotic patients with marked hypersplenism. The mean infarction rate of the spleen was 84%- The change of spleen size, peripheral blood cell counts and liver function tests after SE were investigated during 3 years, and also 10 cirrhotic patients without SE were followed as control. The residual spleens after SE did not enlarged except 1 case with 65% infarction rate of the spleen. In these cases, the SE led not only to a sustained increase in both platelet and white blood cell counts but also to a significant improvement of hepatic function tests (hepaplastin test, total cholesterol and albumin) during observation period. On the other hand, these parameters tended to decrease in control patients without SE. This study suggests that SE performed with a high infarction rate of spleen is an useful therapy for hypersplenism in cirrhosis.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Gastroenterology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1997|
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