18. Incidental Radiological Findings in the Asymptomatic Patient

  1. John N. Plevris MD, PhD, FRCPE, FEBGH3 and
  2. Colin W. Howden MD, FRCP (Glasg.), FACP, AGAF, FACG4
  1. Tiffany J. Campbell BSC (Hons), MBChB, MRCP, FRCR1 and
  2. Dilip Patel BMedSci (Hons), MB BS, FRCP (Ed), FRCR2

Published Online: 29 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444346381.ch18

Problem-Based Approach to Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Problem-Based Approach to Gastroenterology and Hepatology

How to Cite

Campbell, T. J. and Patel, D. (2012) Incidental Radiological Findings in the Asymptomatic Patient, in Problem-Based Approach to Gastroenterology and Hepatology (eds J. N. Plevris and C. W. Howden), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444346381.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  2. 4

    Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, UK

  2. 2

    The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405182270

Online ISBN: 9781444346381

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Keywords:

  • hemangioma;
  • adrenal adenoma;
  • pancreatic cystic lesions;
  • ultrasonography;
  • CT;
  • MRI;
  • PET/CT;
  • EUS;
  • biopsy

Summary

Modern medical practice relies heavily on the use of imaging to aid diagnosis and guide clinical management. Inevitably, incidental lesions are increasingly being found which, although often unrelated to the patient's clinical presentation, require careful consideration to determine their significance. Three cases are presented in this chapter, each outlining an example of an incidental finding frequently encountered in abdominal imaging. The cases chosen reflect those seen commonly in routine clinical practice in patients undergoing abdominal imaging, and are typically incidental to the patients' clinical presentation. In each case, emphasis is placed on the differential diagnosis and further management required to assess the significance of these lesions.