Intrathoracic splenosis: superiority of technetium Tc 99m heat-damaged RBC imaging

Chest. 2001 Dec;120(6):2097-8. doi: 10.1378/chest.120.6.2097.


Intrathoracic splenosis is a rare diagnosis that is usually made following an invasive procedure. Although radiographic and CT findings are nonspecific, these findings combined with a history of splenic injury should suggest the possibility of this diagnosis. We present a patient with intrathoracic splenosis diagnosed on the basis of a technetium Tc 99m heat-damaged RBC scan following false-negative technetium Tc 99m sulfur colloid scan results.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diaphragm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Erythrocytes
  • False Negative Reactions
  • HIV Seropositivity / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleura / diagnostic imaging*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Splenic Rupture / surgery*
  • Splenosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Technetium
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sulfur Colloid
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Technetium Tc 99m Sulfur Colloid
  • Technetium