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true splenic cysts

Thursday 20 April 2006

True splenic cysts are a relatively rare disease, and the majority of the cases are classified as splenic epidermoid cysts. They are defined by the presence of a cellular lining.

Nonparasitic cysts of the spleen are classified as primary or epithelial cysts if their inner surface has a cellular lining. Depending upon the pattern of the inner surface cell layer, the primary splenic cysts are divided into mesothelial or epidermoid subtypes.


- splenic epithelial cysts

  • splenic mesothelial cyst
  • splenic epidermoid cyst (splenic metaplastic cyst)

See also

- splenic cysts


- Burrig KF. Epithelial (true) splenic cysts. Pathogenesis of the mesothelial and so-called epidermoid cyst of the spleen. Am J Surg Pathol. 1988 Apr;12(4):275-81. PMID: 3354753