Internal and Emergency Medicine

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 173–174 | Cite as

Management in an emergency department of a splenic artery aneurysm

  • Alberto MazzaEmail author
  • Domenico Montemurro
  • Luca Zattoni
  • Domenico Rubello
  • Sergio Zamboni
CE - Letter to the Editor

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 [1]. 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 [1].

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% [1]. 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 [2].

In this paper, the management of a splenic artery aneurysm, discovered by an abdominal ultrasound study in an...


Splenic Artery Splenic Hilum Splenic Infarction Splanchnic Blood Flow Splenic Artery Aneurysm 
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest related to the publication of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Mazza
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Domenico Montemurro
    • 1
  • Luca Zattoni
    • 2
  • Domenico Rubello
    • 3
  • Sergio Zamboni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineRovigo General HospitalRovigoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Radiological ScienceRovigo General HospitalRovigoItaly
  3. 3.Unit of Nuclear MedicineRovigo General HospitalRovigoItaly
  4. 4.SOC of Internal MedicineGeneral Hospital of RovigoRovigoItaly

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