Variants and Pseudotumors Simulating Disease

  • W. Jaschke
Conference paper
Part of the Syllabus book series (SYLLABUS)


Several factors influence the interpretation of imaging studies, for example, the use of an adequate imaging protocol, the choice of the imaging modality and knowledge of the normal anatomy and of anatomic variants. In abdominal imaging there are three important pitfalls which have to be discussed:
  • First, anatomic variants may simulate an abdominal tumor which may result in unnecessary diagnostic tests or even unneccessary surgery.

  • Second, artefacts and inadequate identification of normal structures can simulate an abdominal tumor (“pseudotumor”).

  • Third, benign lesions which are harmless and require no further workup or treatment may be mistaken for malignant lesions and, thus, cause erroneous therapeutic decisions.


Chronic Pancreatitis Spiral Compute Tomography Magn Reson Image Cavernous Hemangioma Situs Inversus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Jaschke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity HospitalInnsbruckAustria

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