True cysts of the spleen are rare; in a few cases, high serum levels of carbohydrate and cancer antigen have been repor- ted. In such instances, cyst resection or splenectomy is indicated to rule out malignant lesions and to remove the cancer antigen producing epithelium. We report the case of a young woman with a symptomatic giant epidermoid cyst of the spleen. Due to the secreting epithelium lining the cyst, serum levels of CA 19-9 and CA 125 were elevated. Laparoscopic splenectomy achieved symptoms relief and and long-term normalization of serum tumor markers.

Giant epidermoid cyst of the spleen with carbohydrate and cancer antigen production managed laparoscopically

CHIARUGI, MASSIMO;SECCIA, MASSIMO
2006

Abstract

True cysts of the spleen are rare; in a few cases, high serum levels of carbohydrate and cancer antigen have been repor- ted. In such instances, cyst resection or splenectomy is indicated to rule out malignant lesions and to remove the cancer antigen producing epithelium. We report the case of a young woman with a symptomatic giant epidermoid cyst of the spleen. Due to the secreting epithelium lining the cyst, serum levels of CA 19-9 and CA 125 were elevated. Laparoscopic splenectomy achieved symptoms relief and and long-term normalization of serum tumor markers.
Chiarugi, Massimo; Galatioto, C; Battini, A; Panicucci, S; Lippolis, P; Seccia, Massimo
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