ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Thoracic splenosis diagnosed 48 years after thoracoabdominal trauma
Yeliz Erol1, Kutsal Turhan1, Ayşe Gül Ergönül1, Alpaslan Çakan1, Ufuk Çağırıcı1, Ali Veral2
1Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty of Ege University, İzmir, Turkey
2Departments of Pathology, Medical Faculty of Ege University, İzmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2016.12160
Thoracic splenosis is a rare condition including autotransplantation of splenic tissue into the left hemithorax and resulting from simultaneous rupture of the spleen and left hemidiaphragm. In this article, we report a 61-yearold female patient examined due to back pain and who was found to have left pleural nodules in her chest X-ray and computed tomography which were considered to be malignant. Patient had a history of traumatic spleen and left diaphragm rupture. Video assisted thoracoscopic biopsy of the nodules was performed and histological examination confirmed the nodules as splenic tissue. Thoracic splenosis is a pathology which should be kept in mind in patients having a left solitary pleural nodule or multiple pleural nodules and a history of spleen and left diaphragm rupture.
Keywords : Splenosis; thoracic; trauma
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