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2022 Feb 19

J Med Case Rep



Extensive intrathoracic and intraperitoneal splenosis mimicking mesothelioma: a case report.


Föh B, Sieren M M, Both M, Seeger M, Günther R
J Med Case Rep. 2022 Feb 19; 16(1):73.
PMID: 35180884.


Splenosis is the heterotopic autotransplantation of splenic tissue after severe splenic trauma and/or splenectomy. The epidemiology is elusive, but splenosis is frequently misdiagnosed as malignant tumors of gastrointestinal, gynecological, or hematological origin before the correct diagnosis is ultimately found. We herein report a rare case of combined, extensive intraabdominal and intrathoracic splenosis initially presenting as pleural mesothelioma.