Primary splenic angiosarcoma associated with anemia, leukocytosis and thrombocytopenia

Barina Aqil, Linda K. Green, Syeling Lai*

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Primary angiosarcoma of the spleen is a rare neoplasm arising from endothelial cells. It is an aggressive neoplasm with a poor prognosis. We report a case of 61-year-old Caucasian man who presented with shortness of breath, anemia, leukocytosis, and thrombocytopenia. Ultrasound Sonogram (US) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans revealed a massively enlarged spleen with numerous enhancing hypodense lesions. The spleen was adherent to the omentum, retroperitoneum, and tail of the pancreas. Image-guided Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) revealed an atypical spindle cell lesion. Resection of the spleen and attached tail of pancreas was performed. Histological examination and immunohistochemical studies revealed a diffuse vascular malignant neoplasm with features of angiosarcoma. The patient appeared disease free after resection. He died within 5 months of unknown etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medicine(all)


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