Inflammatory pseudotumor: the great mimicker

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Mar;198(3):W217-27. doi: 10.2214/AJR.11.7288.


Objective: The purpose of this review is to describe the pathophysiologic findings, differential diagnosis, imaging features, and management of inflammatory pseudotumor in various locations throughout the body.

Conclusion: Inflammatory pseudotumor is a rare benign process mimicking malignant processes and has been found in almost every organ system. Radiologists should be familiar with this entity as a diagnostic consideration to avoid unnecessary surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Granuloma, Plasma Cell / diagnosis*
  • Granuloma, Plasma Cell / pathology
  • Humans