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Question by  dasein06 (9)

What is a splenule?

I read that it's an accessory spleen. Is this a bad thing?


Answer by  bhelz23 (49)

A splenule is a synonym for accessory spleen which is a tiny nodule of splenic tissue found in the portion of the spleen. This is normally seen in roughly 10 percent of the population.


Answer by  YellowCup (1650)

A splenule is tissue from the speen that is found apart from the main of the spleen. Normally they are located between the pancreas tail and tip of the spleen.


Answer by  notyourgirlfriend (41)

A splenule is merely a tiny clone of the spleen grown during gestation. It sometimes causes discomfort, but aren't harmful. They can be removed. Splenules may rupture on rare occasions.

Reply by JeRenia (2):
Can you tell me what types of discomfort they might cause?  add a comment

Answer by  Milette4 (900)

It is an accessory spleen. It is a small mass of tissue that is apart from the spleen that was formed in the development stages or due to trauma. It is better to have it removed as it may cause false medical imaging in the future diagnostics of other problems in the abdominal area.


Answer by  colo22 (278)

They are found in about 10%-30% of the population, a nodule of tissue that can be in the body since embryonic growth, and be around 1 cm in diameter. They may result in errors of test reading or bring symptoms after a spleen removal. Otherwise they pose no danger.


Answer by  Moma123 (1043)

An acessory spleen or splenule is a small nodule formed apart from spleen. Splenule is formed of same tissue as of spleen. It forms during the embryonic development. It may be confused for enlarged lymph nodes during diagnosis. Sometimes, after a therapeutic splenectomy, it may show continued symptoms.

Reply by JeRenia (2):
Can ther opposite occur. Can they miss enlarged lymph nodes and think it is a splenule?  add a comment

Answer by  cailynn (0)

Can splenules cause pain in the upper left side?


Answer by  Anonymous

If you have your spleen removed due to trauma or enlargement, the splenule can grow in the place of the spleen. The splenule then takes on the spleen's function, so it can be a very, very good thing! A new Spleen!

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