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Splenic Simulation by Left Hepatic Lobe Following Splenectomy

NOEL, ART, M.D.; HARBERT, JOHN C., M.D.

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Remodeling of the liver following splenectomy may simulate hypertrophy of an accessory spleen on sulfur colloid scans. Two patients are reported. In one case splenic simulation is attributed to unusual hepatic scarring confirmed at autopsy. In the second the unusual configuration appears to have been caused by molding of the liver. The clinician should be aware of possible splenic simulation in postsplenectomy patients suspected of hypersplenism.

From the Department of Radiology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

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