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World J Clin Cases. Jan 16, 2017; 5(1): 14-17
Published online Jan 16, 2017. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v5.i1.14
Intra-abdominal abscess and intractable sinus - a rare late complication after splenectomy
Badri Shrestha, James Hampton
Badri Shrestha, James Hampton, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield S5 7AU, United Kingdom
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Correspondence to: Badri Shrestha, MD, FRCS, FACS, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Herries Road, Sheffield S5 7AU, United Kingdom.
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Received: August 15, 2016
Peer-review started: August 16, 2016
First decision: September 28, 2016
Revised: October 2, 2016
Accepted: November 1, 2016
Article in press: November 2, 2016
Published online: January 16, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: An intra-abdominal abscess and a sinus 40 years following splenectomy is rare, which should be investigated with a computerised tomographic scan and a sinogram and treated by exploration. Non-absorbable silk sutures, which act as nidus for bacteria, should be avoided if splenectomy is undertaken simultaneously with surgery on a hollow viscus.