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Spontaneous splenic rupture: A rare life-threatening condition; Diagnosed early and managed successfully

Helen Weaver, Vishal Kumar, Kate Spencer, Mohamed Maatouk, Sohail Malik, Sohail Malik

Am J Case Rep 2013; 14:13-15

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.883739

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Published: 2013-01-15


Background:   Splenic rupture is a potentially life-threatening condition, often associated with chest or abdominal trauma. Spontaneous rupture is very rare and is usually reported as being secondary to underlying pathological conditions.
Case Report:  We discuss the case of a 56 year old man who presented with sudden onset left-sided abdominal pain, with no history of trauma.
Conclusions:   A computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed a ruptured spleen with free fluid in the abdomen. Conservative management was ineffective and the patient underwent laparotomy and splenectomy, followed by routine post-splenectomy management. He was discharged home and remains well.

Keywords: atraumatic, unknown aetiology, splenic rupture