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02 November 2023 : Case report  Qatar

[In Press] A Large Splenic Epidermoid Cyst Initially Misdiagnosed as a Hydatid Cyst

Unusual clinical course, Challenging differential diagnosis, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Unusual setting of medical care, Rare disease, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis)

Mohammed Aloqaily1ABCDEFG, Sa'ed Al Hayek2ABCDEFG, Moayad Shaf'ei3ABCDEFG, Huthaifa W. Almaaitah4ABCDEFG, Faris AlShammas5ABCDEFG, Salam Daradkeh4ABCDEFG

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI:   :: ID: 941585

Available online: 2023-11-02, In Press, Corrected Proof

Publication in the "In-Press" formula aims at speeding up the public availability of the pending manuscript while waiting for the final publication. The assigned DOI number is active and citable. The availability of the article in the Medline, PubMed and PMC databases as well as Web of Science will be obtained after the final publication according to the journal schedule



Splenic cysts are classified as either parasitic or non-parasitic cysts, with both types sharing similarities in their clinical presentation and imaging findings. Most splenic cysts are of parasitic origin, while non-parasitic splenic cysts are less common. Splenic epidermoid cysts (SECs) are a rare subtype of non-parasitic cysts and compromise only around 10% of them.
In this paper we present a case of 22-year-old man with no significant past clinical history, who presented with non-specific, vague symptoms, including persistent left upper-quadrant pain and discomfort for the last 2 years. A physical examination and extensive laboratory tests were inconclusive. Subsequently, the patient underwent multiple imaging studies including ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen. His ultrasonographic findings were consistent with the diagnosis of hydatid cyst, which was further emphasized by its frequent occurrence in clinical practice, as our country is considered an endemic region. In light of this, he underwent laparoscopic splenectomy following percutaneous cyst drainage. The consequent histopathological examination revealed the diagnosis of splenic epidermoid cysts.
When encountering splenic cysts in regions where parasitic infections are endemic, special attention is needed, as physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging studies alone are insufficient to differentiate among the types of cysts. Histopathological examination remains the diagnostic tool of choice, particularly when imaging findings are inconclusive. Splenectomy, with either a laparoscopic or open approach, is the treatment of choice for splenic cysts to prevent recurrence as well as other potential catastrophic complications.

Keywords: Echinococcosis; Splenic Neoplasms; Ultrasonography, Doppler; Drainage; Splenectomy

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923