Thoracic splenosis: The scar is the clue


Journal Article

Thoracic splenosis is a rare condition resulting from autotransplantation of splenic tissue into the left hemithorax after remote splenic trauma. It is usually incidentally detected on chest radiography or thoracic computed tomography. A history of splenic trauma in a patient with left-sided, pleural nodules on imaging studies suggests the diagnosis. The diagnosis of splenosis may be confirmed with 99mTc sulfur colloid, 111I-labeled platelet, or 99mTc heat-damaged erythrocyte studies. We present a patient noninvasively diagnosed with thoracic splenosis 17 years after a gunshot wound that had resulted in splenectomy. Early recognition of thoracic splenosis can prevent unnecessary interventions, such biopsy or surgery. © 2008 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Atia, A; Khiani, A; Kanneganti, V; Bower, C; Mahmood, K

Published Date

  • November 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 366

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1068-0640

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/CPM.0b013e31818cd923

Citation Source

  • Scopus