[Noninvasive diagnosis of posttraumatic thoracic splenosis]

Arch Bronconeumol. 2004 Mar;40(3):139-40.
[Article in Spanish]


Thoracic splenosis is a rare occurrence that has usually been diagnosed by invasive procedures to allow a pathologic diagnosis to be reached. A firm diagnosis can now be made with the help of new, noninvasive imaging techniques. We report the case of a 34-year-old man with a history of severe thoracic-abdominal injury, including rupture of the spleen and left diaphragm. During computed tomography of the thorax related to a different diagnosis, nonspecific nodules were observed, although the patient was asymptomatic. A suspected diagnosis of thoracic splenosis was confirmed by technetium-99 sulfur colloid scintigraphy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Splenosis / diagnosis*
  • Splenosis / etiology*
  • Thoracic Injuries / complications*