Pathological Rupture of the Spleen Associated With Hepatitis A

Samuel B. Van Landingham, MD; Don E. Rawls, MD; John W. Roberts, MD
Arch Surg. 1984;119(2):224-225. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390140080014.
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• Spontaneous rupture of the spleen refers to rupture of a normal spleen in the absence of trauma. Atraumatic rupture of a diseased spleen is termed pathological rupture and has been described in a variety of pathological conditions. This report describes a case of pathological splenic rupture associated with hepatitis A confirmed by positive IgM antibodies. To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the sole verified example of this previously unrecognized life-threatening complication of hepatitis.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:224-225)


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