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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-25

Spleen with multiple notches: A rare anatomical variant with its clinical significance

Department of Anatomy, Rural Medical College, PIMS, Loni, Maharashtra, India

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Kusum R Gandhi
Department of Anatomy, Rural Medical College, PIMS, Loni, Maharashtra - 413 736
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-7095.113829

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Two or three notches on the superior border of spleen are not an uncommon presentation. As many as seven notches were observed in a spleen of 32 year old female in Rural Medical College, PIMS, Loni, Maharashtra, India, during autopsy. Along the superior border of spleen six notches were present and one notch was observed on the broad anterior pole. A 2.8 cm long fissure was also seen on the renal visceral surface of the specimen. This unusual anatomical variation may lead to difficulty while distinguishing the spleen from adjoining organs in patients of splenomegaly. The variation is explained on the basis of embryological development. A sound knowledge of such variation is essential for physicians, surgeons, radiologists, and of course the anatomists.

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