‘Zebra spleen’: a normal incidental finding

Joel Harold Bortz


The term ‘zebra spleen’ is used in radiology to describe alternating stripes of enhancement of the spleen. Examples of unenhanced and enhanced CT images are presented, in particular those that show a pattern that resemble the stripes on a zebra. This is a normal finding.


Lay abstract 

When dye is injected into a person during a computed tomography examination of the abdomen there is a pattern that briefly appears in the spleen that looks like the stripes on a zebra. It is a normal pattern. 


alternating bands, enhancement, intraperitoneal organ, red pulp, white pulp

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The South African Radiographer | ISSN 0258 0241

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