Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Splenic Abscess Overview

What is a splenic abscess?
A person with a splenic abscess has an abnormal collection of pus inside the spleen, caused by a bacterial infection. Most cases of splenic abscess are caused by bacteria present in the bloodstream: the bacteria settle in the spleen, causing an infection that leads to an abscess. This rare condition is most common in those who have poorly functioning immune systems.

What are the symptoms of a splenic abscess?
Symptoms of a splenic abscess may include fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, left upper abdominal pain, and left shoulder pain.

How does the doctor treat a splenic abscess?
Treatment for a splenic abscess may include antibiotics or surgery.

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Last Updated: Oct 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Splenic Abscess References
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