Management in an emergency department of a splenic artery aneurysm
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Although splenic artery aneurysm is a relatively rare clinical entity, it is the second most common abdominal splanchnic artery aneurysm (SAAs), accounting for approximately 60% of all SAAs . The pathogenesis of the splenic artery aneurysm appears unclear, but seems most likely due to degeneration of the vessel wall media from excessive splanchnic blood flow .
Asymptomatic splenic artery aneurysm rupture represents an uncommon cause of hypovolaemic shock in the emergency department (ED). Up to 25% of these aneurysms may be complicated by erosion or rupture, with a mortality ranging between 25 and 70% . This aneurysm is often detected on imaging studies such as an ultrasound study or computed tomography (CT scan). Treatment can be either surgical or interventional radiology-based, and should be considered in all patients with symptoms related to the lesions .
In this paper, the management of a splenic artery aneurysm, discovered by an abdominal ultrasound study in an...
KeywordsSplenic Artery Splenic Hilum Splenic Infarction Splanchnic Blood Flow Splenic Artery Aneurysm
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