Title

Ultrasound Assessment of Spleen Size in Collegiate Athletes

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine normal spleen dimensions in a healthy collegiate athletic population.

METHODS: 631 Division I collegiate athletes from one university participated in the study. During pre-participation examinations, demographic data collected were collected from volunteer athletes including sex, race, measurement of height and weight, and age. Subjects also completed a medical history form to determine any history of mononucleosis infection, platelet disorder, sickle cell disease (or trait), thalassaemia, or recent viral symptoms. Subjects then underwent a limited abdominal ultrasound examination, where splenic length and width were recorded.

RESULTS: Mean (SD) splenic length was 10.65 (1.55) cm and width, 5.16 (1.21) cm. Men had larger spleens than women (p

CONCLUSIONS: There is a wide range of normal spleen size among collegiate athletes. Average spleen size was larger in men and white athletes than in women and black athletes. A single ultrasound examination for determination of splenomegaly is of limited value in this population.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2006

Notes/Citation Information

Published in British Journal of Sports Medicine, v. 40, no. 3, p. 251-254.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsm.2005.022376

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