Ultrasound Assessment of Spleen Size in Collegiate Athletes
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.
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Hosey, Robert G.; Mattacola, Carl G.; Kriss, V.; Armsey, T.; Quarles, J. D.; and Jagger, J., "Ultrasound Assessment of Spleen Size in Collegiate Athletes" (2006). Family and Community Medicine Faculty Publications. 1.