Distinguishing splenosis from local recurrence of renal cell carcinoma using a technetium sulfur colloid scan
Article first published online: 10 APR 2007
International Journal of Urology
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 245–247, March 2007
How to Cite
Umemoto, S., Miyoshi, Y., Nakaigawa, N., Yao, M., Takebayashi, S. and Kubota, Y. (2007), Distinguishing splenosis from local recurrence of renal cell carcinoma using a technetium sulfur colloid scan. International Journal of Urology, 14: 245–247. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2042.2007.01677.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2007
- Received 21 April 2006; accepted 17 August 2006.
- renal cell carcinoma;
- technetium sulfur colloid scan;
- tumor recurrence
Abstract: Heterotropic splenic tissue in renal fossa is characteristically asymptomatic and is usually an incidental finding that has been reported to mimic renal or adrenal tumors. A 55-year-old man with renal cell carcinoma had undergone radical nephrectomy together with splenectomy because of disrupture of the splenic capsule. During a follow-up examination, three nodules were detected by computed tomography scan in the splenorenal area and they slowly enlarged. Although local recurrence was highly suspected, we decided to rule out splenosis. We successfully diagnosed these masses as ectopic splenic tissues by a technetium sulfur colloid scan and unnecessary surgical exploration was avoided.