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Traumatic dissection of the coeliac artery and splenic injury following blunt trauma
  1. Bobby Vincent Li,
  2. Ramesh Damodaran Prabha,
  3. Maruthi Narra and
  4. Hung Nguyen
  1. Department of Surgery, Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Maruthi Narra, mvnarra{at}


An 18-year-old male patient presented to our regional referral hospital postcollapse at home. This was about 48 hours following a 2 m fall from a mountain bike. CT scan at presentation showed a grade 3/4 laceration at the splenic lower pole with some haemoperitoneum. He was managed conservatively. However, on day 4 he developed increasing abdominal pain which prompted repeat CT abdominal angiography. This scan did not show any further active bleeding from the spleen, however, a coeliac artery dissection was discovered, which was not evident on the first scan. After liaison with the vascular surgery team at a tertiary hospital, this was treated conservatively. Coeliac artery dissection following blunt trauma is an extremely rare occurrence, with fewer than 10 cases described in the literature. To our knowledge, this is the first case of concurrent splenic injury and coeliac artery dissection following blunt trauma to be reported.

  • general surgery
  • vascular surgery
  • trauma

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  • Contributors BVL drafted the manuscript and obtained consent and input from the patient. RDP and MN supervised, reviewed and edited the draft. HN provided further critical revisions to the final version. All authors reviewed and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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