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Spontaneous rupture of the spleen – a rare and potentially fatal surgical emergency in the second trimester: Report of a case

Mohammad Heetun, Rajeev Parameswaran, Kamarul Jamil

Abstract


Spontaneous (non-traumatic) rupture of the normal spleen in pregnancy is a rare clinical event that can endanger the lives of both mother and baby. The aetiology of the condition is unknown, but it occurs most commonly in multiple pregnancies and in the third trimester. We present a case of a spontaneous splenic rupture of a normal spleen at 14 weeks’ gestation. Following prompt and aggressive surgical intervention, both mother and baby survived.


Authors' affiliations

Mohammad Heetun, St Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust, Isle of Wight, UK

Rajeev Parameswaran, St Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust, Isle of Wight, UK

Kamarul Jamil, St Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust, Isle of Wight, UK

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Keywords

Spleen; Rupture; Pregnancy; Acute abdominal pain

Cite this article

South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015;21(2):50-51. DOI:10.7196/sajog.858

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-03-19
Date published: 2015-12-22

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