Differential diagnosis of low-attenuation splenic lesions on computed tomography

Kedar Chintapalli, M. Kristin Thorsen, Thomas L. Lawson

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A retrospective computed tomography evaluation of proved low-attenuation splenic lesions in nontraumatic cases was done. Computed tomography was able to distinguish cystic from solid lesions. Although computed tomography examination is sensitive in the detection of low-attenuation lesions, the computed tomography findings alone are not helpful in differentiation of different low-attenuation lesions. Associated computed tomography findings in other organs and clinical findings are more helpful than the size, shape, and computed tomography attenuation of the lesions. Splenic lesions may be the only metastatic manifestation in some cancer patients. A thin needle aspiration may be done to document the nature of the pathologic lesion in problematic cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-319
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Computed Tomography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Computed tomography
  • Spleen
  • Thin needle aspiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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