Seurat spleen (blunt spleen trauma)

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Abdominal pain following a motor vehicle accident.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
DSA (angiography)

Splenic artery angiogram

Annotated image

Case Discussion

Innumerable small punctate contrast extravasations in a traumatised spleen following motor vehicle accident. This angiographic appearance is often termed 'Seurat spleen' because of a likeness to the artwork of French impressionist Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891) who used a pointillistic technique to create an image out of tiny dots. Proximal splenic artery embolisation with coil was performed in this patient who went on to make an uneventful recovery from their splenic trauma.       

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Case information

rID: 9375
Published: 10th Apr 2010
Last edited: 21st Jul 2017
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