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Thorax. 1994 Oct;49(10):1020-2.

Thoracic splenosis.

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Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, E Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Thoracic splenosis is an uncommon side effect of thoracoabdominal trauma involving injury to the diaphragm and spleen. Only 20 patients with a similar problem have been reported previously.

METHODS:

Two patients with thoracic splenosis were studied.

RESULTS:

One of the patients had undergone thoracotomy for resection of a "pulmonary nodule". The other remains under observation.

CONCLUSION:

Presence of a pulmonary nodule in a patient with history of injury to the diaphragm and spleen should arouse suspicion of splenosis. Appropriate investigation may prevent an unnecessary and potentially harmful operation.

PMID:
7974296
PMCID:
PMC475241
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