Splenic Torsion

Splenic Torsion

Splenic Torsion is caused when the spleen rotates around its own axis causing the spleen to expand and become engorged with blood. If the spleen rotates away from the stomach, it can rotate several times. If it is toward the stomach, it can pull the stomach with it and cause Gastric Torsion. The symptoms of Splenic Torsion are not always apparent but can include vomiting, fever, tucked up abdomen, pale gums, and tenderness of the abdomen. Splenic torsion requires immediate veterinarian care and the surgical removal of the spleen is necessary. Additionally, the dog may have a gastropexy performed, which is a stomach tack.