Thoracic splenosis is an uncommon manifestation and, to date less than 40 cases have been documented in literature (3).
2) Cases of thoracic splenosis remain rare with at the time of writing less than 40 documented cases being recorded in literature (3).
Symptoms arising from thoracic splenosis are rare and majority of them are discovered incidentally on imaging (9).
Noninvasive methods of diagnosing thoracic splenosis.
Noninvasive diagnosis of posttraumatic thoracic splenosis.
There are a few case reports of thoracic splenosis diagnosed by FNA cytology.
Thoracic splenosis diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration cytology: a case report.
Key Words: splenosis, thoracic splenosis, abdominal/pelvic/thoracic nodules
Given the history of splenic and diaphragmatic trauma, a diagnosis of thoracic splenosis was considered and a subsequent heat-damaged red blood cell scan was obtained (Fig.
17) Thoracic splenosis occurs much less frequently, in possibly 18% of postsplenic rupture cases.
22,24) The average reported time delay in thoracic splenosis is 21 years, with a range of 3 to 45 years.
4) Similarly, thoracic splenosis
(including intrapulmonary splenosis) is a rare condition occurring in patients following splenic laceration, sometimes resulting in several (or hundreds) of ectopic nodules because of hematogenous dispersal of native tissue.