Ann Vasc Surg 2008 Jul-Aug;22(4):579-81. Epub 2008 May 22.
Department of Radiology, Baskent University, Alanya Teaching and Medical Research Center, Alanya, Turkey.
We present a case of adult polispleny syndrome accompanied by cleft spleen containing a cavernous hemangioma and an aberrant right subclavian artery. Patients with polysplenic syndrome are usually lost in childhood and rarely reach adulthood. The most frequently accompanying vascular abnormality is an interrupted inferior vena cava with azygous-hemiazygous continuation. Arterial vascular anomalies are rather rare, and there are several reports in the medical literature where cases of childhood polyspleny syndrome are accompanied by pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas or a main hepatic artery originating from the superior mesenteric artery. The case presented here seems to be the first report of adult polysplenic syndrome with an aberrant subclavian artery and a splenic cavernous hemangioma. The possible congenital vascular anomalies which eventually could accompany adult polysplenic syndrome cases are clinically important for the approach to the patient and planning of eventual vascular interventions.