Liver laceration

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Motorbike accident 60 km/hr; hypotensive at scene; RUQ tender.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

There is a large liver laceration extending through the majority of the right lobe (predominantly segments VII and VII also extending inferiorly into segment VI) with a moderate to large subcapsular haematoma measuring 2.5cm in width and greater than 10cm in length.

The right hepatic vein and posterior branch of the right main portal vein run into the laceration without evidence of active extravasation.

2.0 x 1.6 cm right adrenal haematoma.

Perisplenic haematoma without discrete splenic injury.


  • Grade III-IV traumatic liver injury.
  • Right adrenal haematoma.
  • Perisplenic haematoma without obvious splenic injury.

Case Discussion

The liver is a frequently injured organ in blunt abdominal organ but most often management is non-operative. 

Adrenal gland can also be commonly injured but is sometimes difficult to determine whether an adrenal lesion is a contusion/haemorrhage or pre-existing. Either review prior imaging or arrange follow-up. 

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Case information

rID: 32075
Published: 16th Jan 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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