Aneurysm of the splenic artery is an infrequent lesion. The diagnosis is rarely made from clinical symptoms alone. Rupture is attended by a very high mortality. However, if the lesion is diagnosed before rupture occurs, surgical treatment is usually uneventful and successful. We present a case which was diagnosed before rupture and was successfully treated surgically.
Report of a Case
A 53-year-old housewife, postmenopausal, healthy, was admitted to Ravenswood Hospital on March 24, 1962, for surgical treatment of a possible calcified aneurysm of the splenic artery. During her last admission the patient's chief complaint was a "fire ball in the stomach."
—In the past six to eight years, she had suffered from headache with nausea, occasional vomiting, bloating, and full sensation under the left costal margin which was associated with occasional pain in the back and shoulders.About four years ago, while bending over, she felt a "twisting