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Splenic haematoma: a rare complication of colonoscopy
  1. Ahmed Abdelrahim,
  2. Omer Ali and
  3. Arif Khawaja
  1. General Surgery, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ahmed Abdelrahim; a.abdelrahim{at}


Colonoscopy is the gold-standard tool to investigate the colon which also allows to biopsy or treat intraluminal pathologies. About 900 000 colonoscopies are performed annually in UK. It is considered a relatively safe procedure; however, some serious complications might take place. The common complications of colonoscopy are bleeding and perforation. Splenic injury is a rare complication of colonoscopy which can be fatal. Our case report describes a grade two subscapular splenic haematoma after routine colonoscopy that has been managed conservatively.

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  • Contributors AA has initially assessed the patient and diagnosed her condition and followed her case. AK was the responsible consultant for the care of the patient throughout her admission and follow up. OA participated in writing the 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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

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