Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 39, Issue 10, pp 1105–1109 | Cite as

Pediatric littoral cell angioma of the spleen: multimodality imaging including diffusion-weighted imaging

  • Gulhan Ertan
  • Aylin Tekes
  • Sally Mitchell
  • Jeffrey Keefer
  • Thierry A. G. M. HuismanEmail author
Case Report


Littoral cell angioma (LCA) is a rare primary splenic vascular tumor originating from littoral cells lining the splenic red pulp sinuses. LCAs are rarely seen in children. We present the US, CT, and MRI findings including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in a 2-year-old boy with histologically proven LCA. Previous studies on liver lesions have shown that DWI allows differentiation of vascular tumors from primary neoplasms and metastatic disease. The current case indicates that increased ADC values within the splenic lesions suggest a vascular etiology, which might help narrow the differential diagnosis.


Littoral cell angioma Spleen Child Diffusion-weighted imaging ADC 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gulhan Ertan
    • 1
  • Aylin Tekes
    • 1
  • Sally Mitchell
    • 2
  • Jeffrey Keefer
    • 3
  • Thierry A. G. M. Huisman
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Radiology, Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric Hematology, Department of PediatricsJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA

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