Splenunculus

Case contributed by Dr Ayush Goel

Presentation

Vague abdominal pain

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female
CT

Incidental finding: splenunculus

Case Discussion

Splenunculi (also known as supernumerary or accessory spleens or splenules) are small nodules of spleen that are detached from the rest of the organ. They are common, seen in up to 16% of CTs of the abdomen and up to 30% of autopsies.

On occasion the a splenuculus may pose a diagnostic dilemma - for example in malignancy with no previous imaging and a distantly sited splenuculus, it may appear similiar to a peritoneal nodule.

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Case information

rID: 24801
Case created: 13th Sep 2013
Last edited: 18th Sep 2015
Tag: spleen
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