We retrospectively studied the records and [99mTc]sulfur colloid (TSC) spleen studies of 38 patients who underwent distal pancreatectomy with splenic artery and vein resection for donation to HLA-compatible relatives. The spleens in immediate postoperative TSC studies were normal in 11% of cases, showed no uptake in 16%, showed diffusely decreased uptake in 50%, and showed focal defects in 26%. Twenty of the patients, all with abnormal initial TSC studies, had repeat studies 2 wk to 3 yr later; 15% showed no change, 35% showed some improvement, and 45% became normal. One of six patients with no TSC uptake required splenectomy 2 days after pancreatectomy for splenic infarction. These data suggest that the spleen usually survives splenic artery and vein resection. Absent splenic TSC uptake raises the possibility of splenic infarction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Nuclear Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1989|