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
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