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Concurrent Focal Hepatic and Splenic Lesions: A Pictorial Guide to Differential Diagnosis

Bean, Marchelle J MD; Horton, Karen M MD; Fishman, Elliot K MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September/October 2004 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - pp 605-612
Pictorial Essay: Abdominal Imaging

Although medical literature and differential diagnoses discussions tend to be organ specific, systemic diseases more commonly manifest with multi-organ involvement. Detection of dual organ involvement combined with clinical history narrows the differential to provide a more specific diagnosis. Two organs closely linked are the liver and the spleen. Many processes affect both of these organs through their common denominator, the reticuloendothelial system (RES). This pictorial essay reviews the wide spectrum of benign and malignant pathologies to be considered when computed tomography (CT) demonstrates concurrent focal disease in the liver and spleen.

From The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Reprints: Dr. Marchelle J. Bean, The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 601 North Caroline Street, Room 3140 A, Baltimore, MD 21287 (e-mail: mbean3@jhmi.edu).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.