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Splenic Epithelial Cyst

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Anatomy: Gastrointestinal
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Neoplasia Benign
Created: over 9 years ago
Updated: over 9 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: US MR
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13 year old female with abdominal pain.

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Splenic Epithelial Cyst

Clinical Notes

Hemorrhagic intrasplenic cyst at surgery; epithelial lining confirmed on pathologic evaluation.


US – Intrasplenic cyst with uniform thin wall and low-level internal echoes.

MR – T1 and T2 hyperintense intrasplenic collection with low signal rim, consisent with proteinaceous contents and hemosiderin respectively.


True cysts of the spleen (also called epidermoid cysts) are rare. These lesions are defined by the presence of epithelial lining. Pathogenesis is thought to the result of infolding of peritoneal mesothelium. Low level internal echoes are the result of cellular debris, proteinaceous secretions and hemorrhage. The cyst wall should be smooth and uniformly thin. CT or MR may be necessary to confirm the cystic nature and further characterize.


Urrutia M, Mengo PJ, Ros LH, et al. Cystic masses of the spleen: Radiologic-pathologic correlation. Radiographics 1996; 16:107-129.

Ekayes KM, Narra VR, Mukundan G, et al. MR imaging of the spleen: Spectrum of abnormalities. Radiographics 2005; 25:967-982.


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