Novel computed tomography scan scoring system predicts the need for intervention after splenic injury

Burke T. Thompson, Felipe Munera, Stephen M. Cohn, Alexandra A. MacLean, John Cameron, Luis Rivas, David Bajayo

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Background: The purpose of this study was to develop a computed tomography (CT) scan screening test to predict the need for intervention in patients with splenic injury. Methods: CT scans of 20 patients with blunt injury to the spleen were reviewed to identify findings that correlated with the need for intervention (surgery or embolization). A screening test was created and then validated in CT scans from 56 consecutive patients. Results: Three findings correlated with the need for intervention: 1) devascularization or laceration involving 50% or more of the splenic parenchyma, 2) contrast blush greater than one centimeter in diameter (from active extravasation of intravenous contrast material or pseudoaneurysm formation), and 3) a large hemoperitoneum. The sensitivity of the screening test was 100%, specificity was 88%, and overall accuracy was 93%. Conclusions: These CT scan grading criteria appears to reliably predict the need for invasive management in patients with blunt injury to the spleen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1083-1086
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2006



  • Injury grading scales
  • Splenic injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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