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Splenic Injuries in Athletes: A Review

Gannon, Elizabeth H.; Howard, Thomas

Current Sports Medicine Reports: March-April 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p 111-114
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181d4f429
Section Articles

Splenic injuries can be challenging to the sports medicine physician. While these injuries are not common among athletes, they can have serious, potentially fatal consequences if not properly diagnosed and managed in a prompt and timely fashion. Currently, there are no evidence-based guidelines on returning athletes to previous levels of activity after sustaining a splenic injury. In addition, there is no consensus on follow-up imaging after injury. This article discusses the evaluation of athletes with blunt abdominal trauma for splenic injury, including the imaging, management, and current return-to-play guidelines.

Fairfax Family Practice Sports Medicine Fellowship, Fairfax, VA

Address for correspondence: Elizabeth H. Gannon, D.O., 3650 Joseph Siewick Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033 (E-mail:

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