8th Annual WML Academic Symposium

Time: 12:00
Room: 312
Presenter(s): Jordan Mullins
Title: Splenomegaly
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Corrie Struble , Exercise Science

Background: A 19 year old female collegiate softball pitcher presented with sharp one sided pain of her lower back. At the time, the athlete had no significant history of illness, family history, or any record of substantial medication or supplementation. Much of the literature has publicized the belief that an individual with splenomegaly should refrain from strenuous physical activity and contact sports. This individual was diagnosed with splenomegaly through magnetic resonance imaging. The team physician was uncomfortable with allowing this individual to continue participation in softball, however the individual continued play as tolerated with a protected guard.
Differential Diagnosis: Strain of low back; Mononucleosis; Liver disease.
Treatment: A rehabilitation protocol was developed that included restricted physical activity with gradual reconditioning of core stability, and proper biomechanics throughout controlled physical activity.
Uniqueness: The presentation of no predisposed pathology, previous medical history, and normal CBC of this individual.
Conclusion: Sports medicine teams can successfully manage an athlete with splenomegaly.