Ultraschall in Med 2014; 35(1): 72-74
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1335136
Case Report
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

A Rare Case of Pancreatic Head Splenosis Diagnosed by Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound

Seltener Fall einer Pankreaskopf-Splenose diagnostiziert mittels kontrastverstärkter Sonografie
R. De Robertis
M. D'Onofrio
E. Manfrin
C. Dal Bo
R. Pozzi Mucelli
Further Information

Publication History

10 November 2012

17 February 2013

Publication Date:
04 April 2013 (eFirst)


Splenosis is an acquired condition of auto-transplantation of viable splenic tissue in various anatomical sites that may occur after splenectomy; it is usually asymptomatic and incidentally diagnosed. Despite the presence of an accessory intrapancreatic spleen is not uncommon, intrapancreatic splenosis is a very rare condition that may cause differential diagnosis problems. The diagnostic method of choice is nuclear scintigraphy (RD Fremont et al. South Med J 2007; 100: 589 – 593).

We present a rare case of intrapancreatic splenosis, presenting at US as a hypoechoic mass in the pancreatic head, correctly diagnosed using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS).