Splenic laceration: AAST grade IV

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Epigastric pain. Heavy alcohol use night prior.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

Extensive splenic lacerations extending to the hilum with areas of devascularisation. No evidence of active bleeding or pseudo-aneurysm. There is extensive haemoperitoneum throughout the abdominopelvic cavity. Cholecystectomy clips are noted along with extrahepatic and first order intrahepatic duct dilatation. Liver is uninjured. Adrenal glands, kidneys and pancreas are uninjured. Bowel is unremarkable. Lung bases are clear. No bony injury identified.


AAST grade IV splenic injury with extensive haemoperitoneum.

Case Discussion

Further history obtained (after the CT) revealed a fall from 1.5 metres. Patient proceeded to successful splenic embolisation

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Case information

rID: 35109
Published: 23rd Mar 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Haematology
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