Seurat spleen - blunt splenic trauma

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon

Presentation

Abdominal pain following a motor vehicle accident.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
DSA (angiography)

Splenic artery angiogram

Innumerable small punctate extravasations in a traumatised spleen following motor vehicle accident.  

Post proximal splenic coil embolisation seen on the second image. 

Annotated image

Innumerable small punctate extravasations in a traumatised spleen following motor vehicle accident. This angiographic appearance is often termed 'Seurat spleen' because of a likeness to the pointillistic artwork of French impressionist Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891). 

"Gray weather, Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat, painted 1888.

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: 7th Nov 2018
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