Emergency Radiology

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 147–149 | Cite as

Massive hemoperitoneum due to ruptured inferior phrenic artery pseudoaneurysm after blunt trauma

  • Jun Woo LeeEmail author
  • Suk Kim
  • Chang Won Kim
  • Kwang Ha Kim
  • Tae Yong Jeon
Case Report


There had been no previous reports of ruptured pseudoaneurysm of inferior phrenic artery shortly after blunt abdominal trauma. Traumatic arterial pseudoaneurysms are either iatrogenic or the result of penetrating injuries and one of the sequelae of trauma. Post-traumatic pseudoaneurysm develops at varying time intervals after the initial insult. To our knowledge, this is the first report of massive hemoperitoneum caused by ruptured inferior phrenic artery pseudoaneurysm after blunt trauma. Pseudoaneurysm of inferior phrenic artery in patient with diaphragm injury is potentially a life-threatening condition and requires urgent management. Diagnosis of ruptured inferior phrenic artery pseudoaneurysm is based on clinical assessment combined with radiological investigations. We report a case of ruptured left inferior phrenic artery pseudoaneurysm as one aspect of massive hemoperitoneum caused by blunt abdominal trauma.


Aneurysm false Arteries Hemoperitoneum Helical computed tomography 


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© Am Soc Emergency Radiol 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Woo Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suk Kim
    • 1
  • Chang Won Kim
    • 1
  • Kwang Ha Kim
    • 2
  • Tae Yong Jeon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, College of MedicinePusan National UniversityBusanSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, College of MedicinePusan National UniversityBusanSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, College of MedicinePusan National UniversityBusanSouth Korea

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