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What is the cause for calcified foci and granulomas in the spleen?

Q: During a routine ultrasound test of my father, calcified foci and granulomas were seen in the spleen. What are the causes of it? Is it normal or should he undergo any other tests? What is the treatment for this? He is 54 years old.

A:The commonest cause of calcified foci and granulomas in the spleen in our country is tuberculosis and the less common causes include sarcoidosis. Hydatid cyst may present as calcified lesion. Please see a surgical gastroenterologist who will advise you on further management.

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