A Case of Splenic Rupture: A Rare Event After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Girolamo Geraci; Antonino Picciurro; Andrea Attard; Giuseppe Modica; Massimo Cajozzo; Carmelo Sciumè


BMC Surg. 2014;14(106) 

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is today the well defined "gold standard" treatment for gallstone disease, as it is well-tolerated and associated with lesser postoperative pain and discomfort, improved cosmesis, reduction of recovery and subsequent chance for early return to social activities.

However, in a small percentage of patients, LC can be complicated by bleeding, infection, bile duct injuries, retained gallstones, persistent pain, and more rarely damage to the bowel and other viscera.[1]

We report an unusual case of urgent splenectomy for a ruptured subcapsular hematoma twelve hours after elective LC for cholelithiasis.