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Spontaneous rupture of a non-parasitic splenic cyst


Rupture of a non-parasitic splenic cyst is a rare but possibly dangerous complication with 21 cases described so far. We present a 46-year-old woman who presented with acute abdominal pain and was diagnosed with a spontaneous ruptured splenic cyst that was successfully treated by laparoscopic splenectomy. Histological examination showed characteristics corresponding with a non-parasitic congenital cyst that had lost its epithelial lining. Several treatment options can be considered for splenic cysts, depending on size and location. In case of rupture, the clinical condition of the patient should be taken into account.

  • general surgery
  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
  • vaccination/immunisation
  • pathology
  • radiology
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