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Atraumatic splenic rupture in patient with acute pancreatitis
  1. Roshini Nadaraja,
  2. Zarif Yahya,
  3. Krinal Mori and
  4. Ahmad Aly
  1. Surgery, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Roshini Nadaraja; roshini.nadaraja{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Atraumatic splenic rupture (ASR) is a rare complication of acute pancreatitis with high mortality and morbidity rates. We present a case of a 63-year-old woman with a history of hypertension, presenting with acute pancreatitis who subsequently developed a splenic rupture requiring a laparotomy and splenectomy. ASR is a rare but life-threatening complication requiring prompt recognition and management and should be considered in patient with pancreatitis who develops sudden haemodynamic compromise and worsening anaemia.

  • pancreatitis
  • general surgery
  • drugs: gastrointestinal system

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  • Contributors RN: conception of the work, design of the work, acquisition of data, drafting the work, revising the work critically for important intellectual content, final approval of the version to be published, agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. ZY: conception of the work, design of the work, acquisition of data, drafting the work, revising the work critically for important intellectual content, final approval of the version to be published. KM: revising the work critically for important intellectual content, final approval of the version to be published. AA: revising the work critically for important intellectual content, final approval of the version to be published.

  • 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.

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

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