Table of Contents
HPB Surgery
Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 39-42
Case Report

Isolated Hepatic Splenosis: First Reported Case

1Hepatobiliary Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Cancer Center, USA
2Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, York Ave., New York 1275, NY, USA

Received 10 June 1997

Copyright © 1998 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Splenosis is the autotransplantation of splenic tissue, most commonly seen after traumatic splenic rupture and splenectomy. Post-traumatic splenosis is often considered a rare entity, but is probably underreported because of its asymptomatic nature. We describe the first reported case of splenosis presenting as a liver mass, indistinguishable from a liver tumor by standard preoperative evaluation. The pathophysiology, evaluation and management of splenosis is discussed as well as the decision to resect a benign appearing liver mass.