Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 12, pp 855–858 | Cite as

Radiological appearance of diaphragmatic mesothelial cysts

  • Joaquín Esparza Estaún
  • Amador González Alfageme
  • Javier Sáenz Bañuelos
Original Article



Diaphragmatic mesothelial cysts are congenital lesions that derive from coelomic remnants.


To describe their radiological appearance on US, CT and MRI.

Materials and methods

Four children (aged 7–14 years) who underwent surgery and for whom there was pathological confirmation of the diagnosis. Five more children (0–12 months old) who were managed conservatively, but for whom there was a high degree of suspicion for this diagnosis.


All lesions presented as a cystic mass between the thoracic wall and the liver, in the right posterolateral costophrenic angle. Some lesions showed subtle evidence of their extrahepatic location.


The radiological findings identified are highly suggestive of diaphragmatic mesothelial cyst.


Diaphragm Cyst Mesothelial cyst Ultrasound CT MRI Child 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquín Esparza Estaún
    • 1
  • Amador González Alfageme
    • 1
  • Javier Sáenz Bañuelos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyVirgen del Camino HospitalPamplonaSpain

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