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DISEASES OF THE SPLEEN.
Diseases of the spleen are somewhat rare, but some
of them, such as moderate enlargement, Ac, may exist for
years without causing serious inconvenience. The spleen
weighs from 3 to 4 pounds. When enlarged it sometimes
weighs from 14 to 20 and even 50 pounds.
Percivall describes inflammation, cancer, and rupture of
the spleen. Williams says atrophy (wasting), thrombosis
(coagulation of blood), tubercle, cancer, hydatids, and
ossification are found after death. He also says that
American horses suffer from an intermittent fever in
which the spleen becomes enlarged. Robertson describes
surface growths of the spleen, the same in size as those
of the liver (from hazel-nut to orange), of grayish-white
color and usually firm consistence, with an immense num
ber of tubercle-bacilli (mites). Some of these latter cases
cause much debility.
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