Splenic epidermoid cysts

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Painful splenomegaly

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

The spleen is enlarged (15 cm long axis) containing a well-defined oval-shaped hypoechoic cystic lesion (8.5 x 7.5 cm) with uniform internal echoes (due to debris).


Enlarged spleen with a well-circumscribed intrasplenic hypodense cystic lesion of homogeneous content. No peripheral rim enhancement. Note small adjacent intrasplenic cysts with wall calcification. 

The liver is enlarged with a very small simple cyst in segment VII.


Case Discussion

Ultrasound and CT features of splenic epidermoid cysts

The differential diagnosis includes mainly the secondary cysts:

      -splenic pseudocysts: post-traumatic or post-infarction origins

      -infection: splenic abscess, splenic hydatid cyst

The large and symptomatic cysts are managed surgically. Small cysts need follow-up.

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Case information

rID: 63935
Published: 25th Oct 2018
Last edited: 26th Oct 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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