Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.

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  • HEPATOSPLENIC CANDIDIASIS - WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS RADIOLOGY Pastakia, B., Shawker, T. H., Thaler, M., OLeary, T., Pizzo, P. A. 1988; 166 (2): 417-421


    Eight immunocompromised cancer patients with tissue-proved candidiasis underwent serial abdominal ultrasound (US) and computed tomography (CT). At US, four patterns of hepatic and splenic candidiasis were recognized, one of which the authors call a "wheels-within-wheels" pattern. In addition, periportal linear areas of increased attenuation, possibly calcified, were identified at follow-up, nonenhanced CT. Some abscesses were better seen on nonenhanced CT scans, while others became visible only with enhancement. Although lesions not seen at US were often seen at CT, the opposite was also true. In two cases, pathologic proof of candidiasis was established even when all imaging studies were normal. For maximum imaging sensitivity, patients should be studied with US and nonenhanced and enhanced CT. Even when both US and CT scans are negative, if there is a strong clinical suggestion of candidiasis, open biopsy is recommended.

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