Ovary - nontumor
Nonneoplastic cysts / other
Splenic gonadal fusion

Author: Shahid Islam, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 20 September 2017, last major update May 2012

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PubMed Search: Splenic gonadal fusion ovary

Cite this page: Islam, S. Splenic gonadal fusion. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/ovarysplenicgonadal.html. Accessed February 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Congenital anomaly due to fusion of splenic and gonadal anlage during embryonic development
  • Extremely rare (90 cases)
  • More common in males (M:F = 9:1); often associated with skeletal anomalies or cryptorchidism
  • Either continuous or discontinuous
  • Continuous: cord-like structure connects the spleen and the gonadal - mesonephric structures
  • Discontinuous: no such connection exists
Case reports
Gross images

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Nodule of brown red splenic tissue abuts the ovary (AFIP)