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Subcapsular hepatic haematoma in a pregnancy complicated by chronic hypertension
  1. Diana Rodrigues-Martins1,
  2. Sandra Soares1,
  3. Paulo Soares2,3 and
  4. Luís Guedes-Martins1,4
  1. 1Department of Women and Reproductive Medicine, Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto EPE Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte Dr Albino Aroso, Porto, Portugal
  2. 2Department of General Surgery - Hepatobiliopancreatic Unit, Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto EPE, Porto, Portugal
  3. 3Department of General Surgery - Hepatic Transplantation Unit, Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto EPE, Porto, Portugal
  4. 4Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Diana Rodrigues-Martins; dianemartin_{at}


Subcapsular haematoma of the liver in pregnancy is a rare complication, however life-threatening for both mother and fetus. Although it is usually associated with pre-eclampsia, a wide range of presentations can occur. Given its consequences, early diagnosis and management are essential for a successful outcome. Due to paucity of evidence, there is no current guidelines on this topic. Our aim is to add a new insight into diagnosis and management of subcapsular hepatic haematoma in pregnancy, for which new technologies in the fields of image, and minimal invasive surgery are playing an important role.

  • hypertension
  • pregnancy
  • general surgery

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  • Contributors DR-M reviewed the details of the case, created figures and drafted the case report. All authors contributed to the editing of the final product. SS and PS reviewed the figures and edited the article prior to submition. DR-M, SS, PS and LG-M all agreed on conception and design and contributed equally to analysis and interpretation of data and its critical revision for important intellectual content. Final approval of the version for publication was agreed upon by all authors and are accountable for the article regarding its accuracy and integrity.

  • 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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