Splenic artery tortuosity simulating a splenic artery aneurysm

South Med J. 1998 Oct;91(10):949-51. doi: 10.1097/00007611-199810000-00010.


Splenic artery aneurysms (SAAs) are most commonly identified on x-ray film by the presence of concentric calcifications in the left-upper abdominal quadrant. Not all calcifications are SAAs. In patients with suspicious left-upper abdominal quadrant calcifications, definitive imaging is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of SAA. This unique case report shows a calcified tortuous splenic artery that simulates the characteristic concentric aneurysmal calcifications of SAA.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Splenic Artery*
  • Torsion Abnormality