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Chin Med J (Engl). 2012 Jul;125(13):2386-9.

Sclerosing angiomatoid nodular transformation of the spleen: report of five cases and review of literature.

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Department of General Surgery, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200127, China.


Sclerosing angiomatoid nodular transformation (SANT) of the spleen, a newly defined primary lesion of the spleen, is very rare. Immunohistochemistry is the only way to confirm the diagnosis of SANT. We present the clinical characteristics and postoperative outcomes of five SANT cases that underwent splenectomy from January 2007 to October 2010. Although SANT had specific imaging findings, differential diagnosis from other splenic tuomrs or malignant lesions preoperatively was difficult. The hand-assisted laparoscopic splenectomy was a useful and effective technique for the management and postoperative diagnosis of SANT. All SANT patients had good prognosis without recurrence after splenectomy.

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