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Chest, GI, Vascular

Calcified Splenic Cyst

History: 50 year old male with chest pain and shortness of breath has an incidental finding. 

Frontal radiograph of the chest reveals normal lungs and heart. Incidentally, a round mass with eggshell calcification is seen projecting over the left upper quadrant of the abdomen.

Calcified Splenic Cyst: Frontal radiograph of the chest reveals normal lungs and heart. Incidentally, a round mass with eggshell calcification is seen projecting over the left upper quadrant of the abdomen.

The differential diagnosis for a calcified mass projecting over the left upper quadrant of the abdomen includes prior granulomatous disease such as histoplasmosis or tuberculosis, arterial calcifications such as a splenic artery aneurysm, splenic infarction, and splenic cyst. Less commonly, echinococcal (hydatid) cyst can present with a calcified mass; however, they are usually multiple. This patient’s diagnosis was a splenic cyst. Typically splenic cysts display eggshell calcifications. Splenic cysts can be either congenital or post-traumatic/post-infarction; however, this cannot be distinguished by imaging.

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I am a radiology physician from California, USA.

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