Annals of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 331–333 | Cite as

The use of a handheld gamma probe for identifying two accessory spleens in difficult locations in the same patient

  • Eric BergeronEmail author
  • Sebastien Ratte
  • Simon Jeannotte
  • Mary Jo Recoskie
Case Report


Severe thrombocytopenia in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura may recur owing to retained accessory spleens. Accessory spleen may hide in unusual and difficult locations. We present an interesting case in which we used a handheld gamma probe intraoperatively to localize two accessory spleens. The two accessory spleens were successfully retrieved and removed. A handheld gamma probe is used as a valuable tool in localizing residual splenic tissue following splenectomy.


Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura Splenectomy Accessory spleen Hepatosplenic scintigraphy Gamma probe 


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© The Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Bergeron
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sebastien Ratte
    • 1
  • Simon Jeannotte
    • 2
  • Mary Jo Recoskie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryHôpital Charles LeMoyneGreenfield ParkCanada
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineHôpital Charles LeMoyneGreenfield ParkCanada

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