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Para-aortic haemangioma mimics paraganglioma on MRI
  1. Hunter Flores1,
  2. Shreeya Popat2,
  3. Wesley A Mayer2 and
  4. Richard E Link2
  1. 1Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  2. 2Scott Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wesley A Mayer; wesley.mayer{at}


Here, we report a case of a 70-year-old man referred for an incidentally discovered left renal lesion with peri-aortic lymphadenopathy following a CT scan for back pain. A follow-up MRI scan demonstrated a Bosniak IIF left renal cyst and a T2-hyperintense para-aortic lesion concerning for extra-adrenal paraganglioma (EAP). [131I] Metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy of the para-aortic lesion and urine catecholamines were equivocal. The mass was resected via a robotic approach. Histological examination revealed a haemangioma. Haemangiomas are benign vascular tumours frequently identified on imaging of the liver. Intra-abdominal haemangiomas outside of the liver, however, are rare and may have imaging characteristics that mimic EAP.

  • urology
  • urological surgery
  • radiology
  • urological cancer
  • hemangioma

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  • Contributors All authors have seen and approved the manuscript and contributed significantly to the work. Specifically, HF was the primary writer of the manuscript and was heavily involved in the reporting of this case. SP planned, designed and edited the manuscript and assisted with the submission. REL conducted the clinical care of this patient, with the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; he also contributed to the planning and editing of the manuscript. WM contributed to the editing and submission of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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