Nonparasitic Splenic Cysts in Children: Outcomes after Sclerotherapy or Surgical Resection as Initial Management

Katherine C. Ott*, Federico Scorletti, Amir M. Alhajjat, Jared R. Green, Aimen F. Shaaban

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Management of splenic cysts in children remains undefined. Sclerotherapy is an innovative, less invasive treatment. This study examined the safety and preliminary effectiveness of sclerotherapy for splenic cysts in children compared with those of surgical treatment. A retrospective review of pediatric patients treated for nonparasitic splenic cysts from 2007 to 2021 was performed at a single institution. Posttreatment outcomes for patients who underwent either expectant management, sclerotherapy, or surgery were reviewed. Thirty patients aged between 0 and 18 years met the inclusion criteria. Cysts in 3 of 8 patients who underwent sclerotherapy were either unresolved or recurred. Patients who underwent sclerotherapy and required surgery for residual symptomatic cyst had an initial cyst diameter of >8 cm. Symptoms resolved in 5 of 8 patients who underwent sclerotherapy, with a significantly reduced cyst size compared with that in patients with continued symptoms who underwent sclerotherapy (61.4% vs 7.0%, P =.01). Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for splenic cysts, particularly those measuring <8 cm. However, surgical excision may be preferable for large cysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1822-1826
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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