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Adrenal pseudotumor: Gallbladder simulating a right adrenal mass

  • Nicholas Papanicolaou
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    Address reprint requests to: Nicholas Papanicolaou, MD, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts 02114.
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    From the Department of Radiology, Section of Uroradiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Richard C. Pfister
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    From the Department of Radiology, Section of Uroradiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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      Abstract

      Adrenal pseudotumors are occasionally diagnosed on intravenous urography, with or without nephrotomography. They are caused by normal or pathologic structures lying anatomically adjacent to the adrenal glands. Computed tomography (CT) or ultrasonography may be necessary to demonstrate the normal adrenal glands and clarify the origin of a misleading mass. A case of an unusually elongated gallbladder that simulated a right adrenal mass on nephrotomography was encountered. A definitive evaluation of the suprarenal area was obtained with CT.
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