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Spontaneous Splenic Rupture in a Patient with Pneumonia and Sepsis


Abstract

We present the case of a patient who presented with evidence of pneumonia, sepsis and anaemia but no significant abdominal signs. A routine abdominal ultrasound scan revealed evidence of spontaneous splenic rupture. He underwent splenectomy but passed away subsequently from respiratory complications. The many associations of spontaneous splenic rupture are discussed. The diagnosis should be considered in any patient presenting with shock and non-specific abdominal signs and in those with pre-existing conditions known to cause splenomegaly.

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