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Clinical images

An uncommon splenic mass

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A 37-year-old man presented with pain and progressively increasing fullness in the left upper quadrant for three months. He also complained of loss of appetite and significant weight loss for two months. There was no associated fever, nausea or vomiting. On examination, there was a large, firm, non-tender mass in the left upper quadrant. The laboratory data indicated mild anemia with hemoglobin at 10.6 g/dL (normal, 12-14 g/dL). His liver function tests, renal function tests and blood tumor markers were normal. His past history was significant for total left parotidectomy for a tumor 3 years back. Ultrasonography (US) showed a large heterogeneous splenic mass. A biphasic computed tomography revealed a large 18X12 cm heterogeneously enhancing mass involving the entire splenic parenchyma with large central necrotic areas (Fig. 1A, arrow). Liver (Fig. 1A, short arrow) and lung nodules (Fig. 1B, arrow) were also detected. What is your diagnosis? [Product Details...]

An unusual cause of rectal polyposis

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A 32-years old man admitted to the gastroenterology clinic with the complaint of rectal discharge. He had difficulties of defecation (straining and sense of incomplete evacuation) since childhood. He denied rectal digital manipulation. His past medical history, family history, physical examination and laboratory tests were all unremarkable. Total colonoscopy showed multiple rectal polyps (Fig. 1) and biopsies were taken from those polyps (Fig. 2). What is the diagnosis? [Product Details...]

What is the waterlily sign ?

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The waterlily sign (Fig. 1) represents the freely floating endocyst of the Echinococcus granulosus, causing hydatid cysts (HC). The HC is severe, neglected, misdiagnosed, worldwide infectious disease, caused by a tapeworm, Echinoccocus granulosus, endemic of rural areas. Humans are incidental hosts. [Product Details...]

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