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A 28 year old man presented with haematuria and renal failure. Renal arteriography revealed bleeding into the pelvis of a solitary right kidney from a hilar artery. Multiple aneurysms were noted in the splenic artery. The spleen subsequently ruptured spontaneously and was removed at laparotomy together with the right kidney. Histological examination of the spleen and kidney revealed an acute necrotizing vasculitis involving medium-sized and smaller arteries confirming a diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa. An area of infarction involved a subcapsular area of the spleen. Spontaneous splenic rupture is a rare but important complication of systemic vasculitides.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/pgmj.62.732.965

Type

Journal article

Journal

Postgrad Med J

Publication Date

10/1986

Volume

62

Pages

965 - 966

Keywords

Adult, Humans, Kidney Diseases, Male, Polyarteritis Nodosa, Rupture, Spontaneous, Splenic Rupture