Rectus sheath haematoma

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Acute left sided abdominal pain. No pro-offered history of coagulopathy or being on prescribed medications.

Patient Data

Age: 54
Gender: Female
Modality: CT

Large well defined elliptical mass in the left rectus sheath with variable attenuation within - consistent with blood of different ages.

Active contrast extravastation within, in keeping with active bleeding.

Case Discussion

Rectus sheath haematoma is distinct in appearance - contained within the sheath of the anterior abdominal wall rectus sheath muscles.

The haematoma adopts an elliptical shape as the bulging sheath dictates.

It may occur in:

- those on anticoagulant medication

- those with a know coagulopathy

- following abdominal wall trauma


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Case Information

rID: 33434
Case created: 13th Jan 2015
Last edited: 29th Mar 2017
Tag: rdgh
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