Objective: To describe four consecutive cases of splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) with different clinical patterns of presentation among obstetrical patients. Methods: A series of four cases of SAA diagnosed in pregnant or postpartum women at our University center between January 1998 and December 2020. Clinical and radiologic data were retrospectively obtained by reviewing paper and electronic medical records after acquiring patient’s consent. Results: One case was completely asymptomatic and incidentally identified at the beginning of pregnancy, thus allowing for multidisciplinary treatment. The other three cases were unknown: two manifested with maternal collapse due to aneurysm rupture in the third trimester of gestation, whereas one presented with acute abdominal pain during the postpartum period and was successfully managed before rupture occurred. Conclusion: Although extremely rare, SAA rupture in obstetrical patients can be associated with dramatic consequences. Early suspicion and prompt intervention are essential to avoid fatal outcomes, so promotion of knowledge of all the potential clinical patterns of presentation of SAA rupture among obstetrical patients is mandatory.

Ornaghi, S., Crippa, I., Di Nicola, S., Giardini, V., La Milia, L., Locatelli, L., et al. (2022). Splenic artery aneurysm in obstetrical patients: A series of four cases with different clinical presentation and outcome. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GYNECOLOGY & OBSTETRICS, 159(2), 474-479 [10.1002/ijgo.14133].

Splenic artery aneurysm in obstetrical patients: A series of four cases with different clinical presentation and outcome

Ornaghi S.
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Di Nicola S.;La Milia L.;Locatelli L.;Vergani P.
2022

Abstract

Objective: To describe four consecutive cases of splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) with different clinical patterns of presentation among obstetrical patients. Methods: A series of four cases of SAA diagnosed in pregnant or postpartum women at our University center between January 1998 and December 2020. Clinical and radiologic data were retrospectively obtained by reviewing paper and electronic medical records after acquiring patient’s consent. Results: One case was completely asymptomatic and incidentally identified at the beginning of pregnancy, thus allowing for multidisciplinary treatment. The other three cases were unknown: two manifested with maternal collapse due to aneurysm rupture in the third trimester of gestation, whereas one presented with acute abdominal pain during the postpartum period and was successfully managed before rupture occurred. Conclusion: Although extremely rare, SAA rupture in obstetrical patients can be associated with dramatic consequences. Early suspicion and prompt intervention are essential to avoid fatal outcomes, so promotion of knowledge of all the potential clinical patterns of presentation of SAA rupture among obstetrical patients is mandatory.
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aneurysm; postpartum; pregnancy; shock; splenic artery;
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Ornaghi, S., Crippa, I., Di Nicola, S., Giardini, V., La Milia, L., Locatelli, L., et al. (2022). Splenic artery aneurysm in obstetrical patients: A series of four cases with different clinical presentation and outcome. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GYNECOLOGY & OBSTETRICS, 159(2), 474-479 [10.1002/ijgo.14133].
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