BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.10.2011.4903
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Splenic artery pseudoaneurysm: learning from errors

  1. Mohamad Amin Zare
  1. Emergency Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peyman Hafezimoghadam, hafezimoghadam{at}


Aneurysm refers to a pathologic dilatation in some sections of an artery. Splenic artery aneurysm is the most common of all splanchnic arterial aneurysms and comprise near 60% of such aneurysms. Diagnosis of splenic artery aneurysms is important because they have considerable tendency to rupture.1 We report a 55-year-old man who presented to the emergency department (ED) with dizziness, malaise, and cold sweating and mild generalised abdominal discomfort. His symptoms started suddenly when he turned his head and upper trunk to see behind his car through the rear window. Except for a history of past trauma during a motor vehicle collision, which …

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