Splenic epidermoid cyst

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

Incidental finding at upper abdominal ultrasound. No history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female
Ultrasound

Cystic mass (through transmission) with internal debris that was quite mobile during prolonged scanning much like a hydrocoele (as evidenced by internal "colour" on the duplex scanning). 

Case Discussion

These cysts are developmental and rare.  Diagnosis is by exclusion (i.e. no history of trauma or pancreatitis).  Internal echoes on ultrasound are consistent with the material found in such cysts at pathological examination.

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Case information

rID: 19678
Case created: 3rd Oct 2012
Last edited: 5th Feb 2016
Tag: spleen
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