Splenosis is a condition in which splenic tissue is present in a non-anatomical position. Implants of splenic tissue can mimic neoplasms and only specific examinations can confirm the correct diagnosis. Here we report a case of a 23-year-old male patient with a history of surgical splenectomy during childhood after trauma. He was admitted to the emergency department with acute bowel obstruction. An abdominal-pelvic computed tomography (CT) scan revealed small bowel obstruction and the presence of two rounded solid masses located in the rectal-vescical pouch Quantitative analyses of the different density values in the arterial phase and early portal venous phase demonstrated that these lesions were highly vascularised (92 and 97 Hounsfield Units, respectively). The hypothesis of an ectopic splenic mass was made after evaluation of the CT images and clinical history. The acute bowel obstruction caused by adhesive intestinal syndrome was resolved by surgical adhesiolysis. The smallest mass adherent to the rectum was removed. Histopathologic examination confirmed the benign nature of the lesion, which consisted of splenic tissue. (C) 2009 The WIG Press and Baishideng. All rights reserved.

Garaci, F., Grande, M., Villa, M., Mancino, R., Konda, D., Attina, G.m., et al. (2009). What is a reliable CT scan for diagnosing splenosis under emergency conditions?. WORLD JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, 15(29), 3684-3686 [10.3748/wjg.15.3684].

What is a reliable CT scan for diagnosing splenosis under emergency conditions?

GARACI, FRANCESCO;GRANDE, MICHELE;VILLA, MASSIMO;MANCINO, RAFFAELE;SIMONETTI, GIOVANNI MARIA EGISTO
2009-01-01

Abstract

Splenosis is a condition in which splenic tissue is present in a non-anatomical position. Implants of splenic tissue can mimic neoplasms and only specific examinations can confirm the correct diagnosis. Here we report a case of a 23-year-old male patient with a history of surgical splenectomy during childhood after trauma. He was admitted to the emergency department with acute bowel obstruction. An abdominal-pelvic computed tomography (CT) scan revealed small bowel obstruction and the presence of two rounded solid masses located in the rectal-vescical pouch Quantitative analyses of the different density values in the arterial phase and early portal venous phase demonstrated that these lesions were highly vascularised (92 and 97 Hounsfield Units, respectively). The hypothesis of an ectopic splenic mass was made after evaluation of the CT images and clinical history. The acute bowel obstruction caused by adhesive intestinal syndrome was resolved by surgical adhesiolysis. The smallest mass adherent to the rectum was removed. Histopathologic examination confirmed the benign nature of the lesion, which consisted of splenic tissue. (C) 2009 The WIG Press and Baishideng. All rights reserved.
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Rilevanza internazionale
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Sì, ma tipo non specificato
Settore MED/18 - Chirurgia Generale
Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia
English
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Computed tomography scan; Ectopic splenic tissue; Emergency; Splenectomy; Splenosis
Garaci, F., Grande, M., Villa, M., Mancino, R., Konda, D., Attina, G.m., et al. (2009). What is a reliable CT scan for diagnosing splenosis under emergency conditions?. WORLD JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, 15(29), 3684-3686 [10.3748/wjg.15.3684].
Garaci, F; Grande, M; Villa, M; Mancino, R; Konda, D; Attina, Gm; Galatà, G; Simonetti, Gme
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