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Epidermoid Splenic Cysts

Epidermoid Splenic Cysts Abstract • Five young women were treated by splenectomy for epidermoid cysts of the spleen. They all had vague abdominal symptoms, and had a mass palpable in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen. The hematologic indices were unremarkable. The diagnosis was suggested by routine radiologic examinations (including chest roentgenogram, upper gastrointestinal x-ray series, barium enema, and excretory urogram). It was confirmed in one patient by gray-scale ultrasonography, and in another by selective splenic arteriography. Of the true cysts of the spleen, the epidermoid cyst is the rarest, representing 10% of the benign, nonparasitic cysts. The symptoms are completely relieved by splenectomy, and this remains the treatment of choice. (Arch Surg 112:596-599, 1977) References 1. Fowler RH: Non-parasitic benign cystic tumors of the spleen . Int Abst Surg 96:209-227, 1953. 2. McClure RD, Altmeier WA: Cysts of the spleen . Ann Surg 116:98-102, 1942.Crossref 3. Dibble JB, Weigent CE: Epidermoid cyst of the spleen presenting as an abdominal emergency . JAMA 194:1144-1146, 1965.Crossref 4. King MC, Glick BW, Freed A: The diagnosis of splenic cysts . Surg Gynecol Obstet 127:509-512, 1968. 5. Zimmerman A, Scherber JR, Schultz L, et al: Epidermoid cyst of the spleen, an unusual cause of massive splenomegaly . J Pediatr Surg 7:374-377, 1972.Crossref 6. Tomaki HT: Splenic cysts . Arch Pathol 46:550-558, 1948. 7. Bell RP: Splenic cysts with report of a case of a large unilocular cyst of rapid growth . Ann Surg 137:781-786, 1953.Crossref 8. Frank LW: Solitary cysts of the spleen . South Med J 23:212-216, 1930.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1977 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
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1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370050056009
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Abstract

Abstract • Five young women were treated by splenectomy for epidermoid cysts of the spleen. They all had vague abdominal symptoms, and had a mass palpable in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen. The hematologic indices were unremarkable. The diagnosis was suggested by routine radiologic examinations (including chest roentgenogram, upper gastrointestinal x-ray series, barium enema, and excretory urogram). It was confirmed in one patient by gray-scale ultrasonography, and in another by selective splenic arteriography. Of the true cysts of the spleen, the epidermoid cyst is the rarest, representing 10% of the benign, nonparasitic cysts. The symptoms are completely relieved by splenectomy, and this remains the treatment of choice. (Arch Surg 112:596-599, 1977) References 1. Fowler RH: Non-parasitic benign cystic tumors of the spleen . Int Abst Surg 96:209-227, 1953. 2. McClure RD, Altmeier WA: Cysts of the spleen . Ann Surg 116:98-102, 1942.Crossref 3. Dibble JB, Weigent CE: Epidermoid cyst of the spleen presenting as an abdominal emergency . JAMA 194:1144-1146, 1965.Crossref 4. King MC, Glick BW, Freed A: The diagnosis of splenic cysts . Surg Gynecol Obstet 127:509-512, 1968. 5. Zimmerman A, Scherber JR, Schultz L, et al: Epidermoid cyst of the spleen, an unusual cause of massive splenomegaly . J Pediatr Surg 7:374-377, 1972.Crossref 6. Tomaki HT: Splenic cysts . Arch Pathol 46:550-558, 1948. 7. Bell RP: Splenic cysts with report of a case of a large unilocular cyst of rapid growth . Ann Surg 137:781-786, 1953.Crossref 8. Frank LW: Solitary cysts of the spleen . South Med J 23:212-216, 1930.Crossref

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Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1977

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