Sterile "Abscess" of the Spleen and the Sickle Cell Trait

Lucio Luzzatto

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Dear Editor:

I read with interest the case report by Dr P Magro et al. [MJHID 9: e2017023, 2017] regarding a boy with sickle cell trait (AS), who was appropriately treated for Plasmodium falciparum malaria and who, upon ultrasound imaging, was thought to have multiple abscesses in the spleen, eventually interpreted as splenic infarction. 

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