CEN Case Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 296–300 | Cite as

Atraumatic splenic rupture in a peritoneal dialysis patient

  • Chiharu KinoshitaEmail author
  • Pham Nguyen Quy
  • Masanori Honda
Case Report


Splenic hemorrhage is a potentially life-threatening complication usually occurring after blunt trauma to the abdomen. Atraumatic splenic rupture (ASR) is an uncommon condition, and mostly results from pathology affecting the spleen, such as tumor infiltration or infection. Here, we report a case of atraumatic rupture of a normal spleen in a patient undergoing peritoneal dialysis, and review similar cases in the literature. The case involved a 58-year-old man with nephrotic syndrome who had been undergoing peritoneal dialysis for 1 year. He presented to the hospital with abdominal pain, nausea, and blood-stained dialysate. Laboratory data revealed severe anemia, with a hemoglobin of 4.3 g/dL. An abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan demonstrated a high-density area around the spleen and malposition of the catheter. Laparoscopy revealed large amounts of coagulated blood surrounding the spleen. The patient was diagnosed with atraumatic splenic bleeding. He improved with bed rest and blood transfusion, and could continue with peritoneal dialysis. It was considered that the etiology of bleeding was directly from the spleen. However, due to the temporary malposition of the peritoneal catheter, catheter-induced splenic trauma could not be ruled out. ASR is a rare entity that needs a high index of suspicion for diagnosis. Using CT scanning and peritoneal fluid analysis, these modalities may assist in the diagnosis. Emergency intervention is required upon definitive diagnosis. Increased awareness of ASR can enhance the early diagnosis and effective treatment.


Atraumatic splenic rupture Chronic renal failure Peritoneal dialysis 


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© Japanese Society of Nephrology 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NephrologyKyoto Min-iren Chuo Hospital JapanKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of General Internal MedicineKyoto Min-iren Chuo Hospital JapanKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryKyoto Min-iren Chuo Hospital JapanKyotoJapan

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