In recent years, the average height of Europeans has increased. In medicine, standard sizes for intraabdominal organs, which are calculated on the basis of an average person, are defined, and function as reference values for the examiner.
To guarantee the actuality of these values, the increased sizes have to be considered and standard values have to be adjusted to the change of the average height of a person. The aim of this bachelor thesis is to compare the average size of the liver, the right kidney and the spleen in the available literature from 1988 to 2000 with current literature in order to describe possible changes of the average organ sizes. For this thesis in addition to books and articles, medical databases were used for research. Also results of sonographic measurements at the FH Campus Wien of intraabdominal organs of participants are compared with the results of the literature search. To illustrate the sonographic sectional planes for the measurements of the organs, pictures have been added to this thesis.