Published: 2021-10-28

Delayed splenic rupture and conservative management: case series

Marta A. Silva, Nídia Moreira, José Baião, Carlos E. Costa Almeida


Splenic injury is frequent in patients with abdominal trauma and delayed splenic rupture yields a poorer prognosis. Patients with hemodynamic stability, despite the grade of splenic anatomical injury, can be safely treated by conservative management (observation or angiography/angioembolization), if no other intra-abdominal injuries are found and a multidisciplinary team (surgeons, interventional radiologists) is available. The conservative approach is an alternative to surgery and its possible complications. In this case series, the authors present three trauma cases very commonly seen in emergency rooms, in whom delayed splenic rupture was diagnosed. All three patients were submitted to conservative management, with no need for surgery or complications.  This case series presents some common clinical signs and diagnostic steps, also showing the safety and efficacy of clinical observation in this setting.


Delayed splenic rupture, Conservative management, Blunt abdominal trauma

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