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CAPSULAR FIBROSIS OF SPLEEN

CAPSULAR FIBROSIS OF SPLEEN

Clinical History

Incidental finding at post-mortem.

Pathology

The spleen is sliced along the long axis to show considerable thickening of the capsule by pale fibrous material. The external surface is irregular. This is an example of "icing-sugar" spleen; the aetiology is obscure but the fibrosis may have supervened either on perisplenic fibrin deposition or subcapsular haematoma formation.

Note

This condition is also known as "perisplenitis". It is a very common incidental finding.