Splenic involvement in pancreatitis: Spectrum of CT findings

Elliot K Fishman, P. Soyer, Donald Frank Bliss, D. A. Bluemke, N. Devine

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Abstract

The pancreas is located deep within the retroperitoneum in the anterior pararenal space. The distal portion of the pancreatic tail extends along the course of the splenic artery and vein (Fig. 1) and enters the splenic hilum contained within the splenorenal ligament. Because of these anatomic relationships, the spleen and splenic vessels may be involved by pancreatitis. Although rare (frequency, 1-5%), splenic involvement by pancreatitis includes intrasplenic pseudocyst, abscess, hemorrhage, infarction, splenic rupture, and vascular injury. Because these complications can be life-threatening, the extent and course of the disease are closely monitored with CT to determine whether and when aggressive intervention is necessary to avoid catastrophic clinical outcomes. The purpose of this essay is to illustrate the spectrum of CT findings in cases of pancreatitis with splenic involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-635
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume164
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Pancreatitis
Splenic Rupture
Splenic Vein
Splenic Artery
Vascular System Injuries
Ligaments
Abscess
Infarction
Pancreas
Spleen
Hemorrhage

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Splenic involvement in pancreatitis : Spectrum of CT findings. / Fishman, Elliot K; Soyer, P.; Bliss, Donald Frank; Bluemke, D. A.; Devine, N.

In: American Journal of Roentgenology, Vol. 164, No. 3, 1995, p. 631-635.

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Fishman, EK, Soyer, P, Bliss, DF, Bluemke, DA & Devine, N 1995, 'Splenic involvement in pancreatitis: Spectrum of CT findings', American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 164, no. 3, pp. 631-635.
Fishman, Elliot K ; Soyer, P. ; Bliss, Donald Frank ; Bluemke, D. A. ; Devine, N. / Splenic involvement in pancreatitis : Spectrum of CT findings. In: American Journal of Roentgenology. 1995 ; Vol. 164, No. 3. pp. 631-635.
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