Title
Pleural nodules and mediastinal lymphadenopathy in a smoker : an unusual case reportPleural nodules and mediastinal lymphadenopathy in a smoker : an unusual case report
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research group
Antwerp Surgical Training, Anatomy and Research Centre (ASTARC)
Molecular Imaging, Pathology, Radiotherapy & Oncology (MIPRO)
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Case Reports in Oncology
Volume/pages
9(2016):2, p. 488-492
ISSN
1662-6575
ISI
000384125000035
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The authors report a case of thoracic splenosis, which is the autotransplantation of splenic tissue into the pleural cavity. Splenosis in the chest is a rare entity and most often an incidental finding on chest computed tomography, typically showing solitary or multiple well-defined, noncalcified pleural nodules of variable size in the left hemithorax. It is important to include this benign pathology in the differential diagnosis among other, generally malignant, pleural lesions. Imaging clues to the diagnosis are absence of the spleen and/or associated rib fractures. Early identification of thoracic splenosis as a cause of pleural nodules can prevent unnecessary and risky invasive procedures, such as biopsy or surgery.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/81cd39/135120.pdf
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