We present a case of a patient, undergoing imaging for an unrelated presentation, whose adolescent abdominal trauma had caused an unrecognised disseminated intra-abdominal splenosis, resulting in an imaging presentation on CT that suggested intra-abdominal malignancy. The lack of correlative symptoms of disseminated malignancy, in addition to imaging findings suggesting previous upper abdominal trauma, led to a suggestion that the intra-abdominal lesion might represent spleen tissue. A denatured red cell scan with radio-labelled technetium-99m, allowed this tissue to be confirmed as splenic in nature, and an invasive, and potentially risky biopsy was averted.
- haematology (incl blood transfusion)
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Contributors LMD drafted and wrote the final manuscript with assistance from VN. BC provided the images for the case. GV proofed the final 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.
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