Misleading thoracic Ga-67 uptake caused by splenic displacement

Hanna Bernstine, Zvi Bar-Sever, Maya Cohen, Ruth Hardoff*

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The spleen is not fixed to its surroundings. Its position may be changed by gastric and colon dilatation, abdominal masses, and abnormalities in the position or structural integrity of the diaphragm. Splenic displacement can also be congenital. The authors describe a patient with fever of unknown origin, in whom Ga-67 localization in the lower left thorax was initially thought to represent lung infection, but was, in fact, a displaced spleen. Splenic displacement should be considered in the differential diagnosis when Ga-67 localization in the left lower thorax is observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-148
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Ga-67 Scintigraphy
  • Splenic Displacement
  • Thoracic Ga-67 Uptake


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