Lymph nodes & spleen, nonlymphoma

Spleen-other tumors


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PubMed Search: Metastases[TI] spleen[TI]

Vijay Shankar, M.D.
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Cite this page: Shankar V. Metastases. website. Accessed October 16th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Splenic metastasis is usually associated with extensive metastases - isolated splenic metastasis is rare
  • Metastasis may be rare due to spleen's immunological function
  • Metastases developed by hematogenous, lymphatic or abdominal cavity implantation routes; also direct invasion from lesions in adjacent organs
  • Hematogenous or direct seeding is more common
Clinical features
  • No specific clinical presentation
  • Rarely present with splenic rupture
  • By radiological examination followed by histopathological confirmation
Radiology description
  • In ultrasonographic examination, the metastatic foci in the spleen may be hyperechoic, hypoechoic or nonechoic
  • In CT, hypodense lesions are seen
Radiology images

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F-FDG PET images of splenic metastasis

CT images of splenic metastasis

Case reports
  • Splenectomy and chemotherapy depending on the primary tumor
Gross description
  • Splenic metastasis can be seen as solitary nodule, multiple nodules or diffuse infiltration or cyst
  • Rarely resembles follicular lymphoma grossly with multiple nodules
Microscopic (histologic) description
Microscopic (histologic) images

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