Intrathoracic splenosis (nuclear medicine)

Case contributed by Dr Maxime St-Amant

Presentation

This patient underwent splenectomy with splenectomy for a haematologic condition. Follow-up Tc 99m sulfur colloid scintigraphy.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Male

Spleen scintigraphy

Modality: Nuclear medicine

Scintigraphy shows a radiocolloid uptake near the lingula and the left pulmonary hilum, compatible with intrathoracic ectopic splenic tissue.

Case Discussion

Intrathoracic splenosis is a rare condition that usually occurs following trauma. It usually occurs with diaphragm tears. The newly implanted splenule will become vascularized by adjacent pulmonary vessels.

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Case Information

rID: 19151
Case created: 11th Aug 2012
Last edited: 1st Feb 2016
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