Diagnosis of thoracic splenosis by tru-cut needle biopsy

J. J. Gaines, J. H. Crosby, M. V. Kamath

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We present a case of thoracic splenosis diagnosed by tru-cut biopsy, which yielded histologically normal splenic tissue. This is the first report of a diagnosis of thoracic splenosis by needle biopsy. The patient had a history characteristic of thoracic splenosis. Autotransplanted splenic tissue functions and may provide some defense against serious infections. A conservative approach to diagnosis offers the advantages of preserving splenic tissue and avoiding thoracotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1201
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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