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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 684231, 4 pages
Case Report

Aseptic Splenic Abscess as Precursory Extraintestinal Manifestation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

1Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Department of Medical Education, 1500 Highlands Drive, Lititz, PA 17543, USA
2Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Department of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, USA

Received 14 July 2014; Revised 26 August 2014; Accepted 26 August 2014; Published 7 September 2014

Academic Editor: Gianfranco D. Alpini

Copyright © 2014 Joel Brooks and Gisoo Ghaffari. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Splenic abscesses are most often secondary to aerobic bacterial infections due to Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Enterococcus species of organisms. Sterile splenic abscesses rarely occur and diagnosis and treatment of those are challenging. We report a case of a previously healthy young female presenting with aseptic splenic abscesses as the initial manifestation of Crohn’s disease along with a review of the literature on aseptic splenic abscess as an extraintestinal manifestation of Crohn’s disease.