Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 1229–1232 | Cite as

Epidermoid Cyst of Intrapancreatic Accessory Spleen

  • Kun Ru
  • Aarti Kalra
  • Angelo Ucci
Case Report


While the occurrence of an accessory spleen is not uncommon, the development of the accessory splenic cyst in pancreas is an extremely rare lesion. To date, 19 cases of epidermoid cysts from intrapancreatic accessory spleen have been reported, with 11 of them in the English literature [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Although all of the lesions were revealed to be cystic by radiologic tests preoperationally, the definitive diagnosis was arrived at by histologic examination and, for the most part, was unexpected preoperatively. In this report, we describe an epidermoid cyst of accessory spleen contiguous to the pancreas in a 41-year-old man and present a brief review of the literature.

Case report

A 41-year-old Asian male presented with abnormal liver function. His medical history was remarkable for obesity and hyperlipidemia, which was treated with Lipitor. Routine follow-up revealed an elevated concentration of AST and ALT. The patient denied abdominal discomfort, change of diet, or...


Cyst Accessory spleen Intrapancreatic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology Box 802New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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