Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) types A and B are lipid storage disorders. NPD type A is a fatal disorder of infancy. Type B is a non-neuronopathic form observed in children and adults. It is associated with enlargement of the liver, spleen, or both, and nodular splenomegaly may be detected with ultrasound.
A 21-year-old female was admitted to the Emergency Room with fever, pharyngitis, and left upper quadrant abdominal pain. Labwork revealed anemia, thrombocytopenia, increased levels of AST, ALT, GGT, AF, LDH, triglycerides, and total cholesterol and low levels of HDL-cholesterol. PCR blood assays for CMV and EBV were both negative. Chest X-ray was unremarkable. Transabdominal B-mode ultrasound (US) revealed splenomegaly (long axis: >22 cm), an irregular subcapsular hypoechoic lesion in the superior pole that was consistent with splenic infarction, and multiple round highly echogenic nodes measuring 1-5 cm in diameter. Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) was performed using SonoVue(®) (Bracco).
The presence of a splenic infarction was confirmed. The nodular lesions showed arterial-phase enhancement with late parenchymal phase wash-out. (18)F-FDG-PET revealed splenic nodular uptake. Primary splenic lymphoma was suspected, and the patient underwent open splenectomy. The diagnosis was type B NPD with splenic hemangiomas.
CEUS confirmed the diagnosis and extent of splenic infarction, but the nodular atypical enhancement pattern together with nodular (18)F-FDG-PET uptake was misleading, suggesting as it did lymphoproliferative involvement of the spleen.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A wide variety of pathologies can produce focal lesions within the spleen. These are being more frequently encountered as imaging technology improves. It is vital that radiologists are aware of these pathologies to enable accurate diagnosis. The role of ultrasound contrast in splenic disease will be discussed and illustrated with cases likely to be encountered by general and abdominal radiologists.
Insights into Imaging 10/2011; 2(5):515-524. DOI:10.1007/s13244-011-0106-3
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