SPECT/CT with 99mTc labelled heat-denatured erythrocyte to detect thoracic and abdominal splenosis. SPECT/CT with 99mTc labelled heat-denatured erythrocyte

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Tiziano Graziani
Giorgio Baldari
Antonino Sammartano http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1709-4758
Maura Scarlattei
Silvia Migliari
M. Giovanna Pescarenico
Carla Cidda
Stefano Bola
Livia Ruffini


99mTc labelled heat-denatured erythrocyte, splenosis, splenectomy.


Scintigraphy with 99mTc labelled heat-denatured erythrocyte (DRBC) allows non invasive diagnosis of heterotopic splenic tissue implantation (splenosis) following splenic trauma or surgery. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) combined with computed tomography (CT) improves diagnostic accuracy of planar imaging through a more precise localization of functional findings. We report about two cases of splenosis occurring many years after splenectomy. 99MTc-DCRBC scintigraphy was used for differential diagnosis of metasttic disease in one case and to assess an incidental finding at bone scan in the second one. SPECT/CT increased specificity of planar imaging, expecially revealing combined (thoracic and abdominal) splenosis.


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