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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Splenic artery aneurysm
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Potentially life-threatening emergency

Splenic artery aneurysm

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Contributors: Benjamin L. Mazer MD, MBA
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Synopsis

A splenic artery aneurysm is the most common visceral aneurysm. Its feared complication is rupture, which causes "abdominal apoplexy," or spontaneous hemoperitoneum. Its cause is often idiopathic, but portal hypertension, fibrodysplasia, and pregnancy predispose a patient to splenic artery aneurysm. Rupture often occurs during the third trimester of pregnancy and is life-threatening. Women are 4 times more likely than men to have a splenic artery aneurysm.

Splenic artery aneurysm is treated if symptomatic or if the patient is pregnant. Aneurysms can typically be resected or ligated, but rarely splenectomy is required.

Codes

ICD10CM:
I72.8 – Aneurysm of other specified arteries

SNOMEDCT:
70405009 – Aneurysm of splenic artery

Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

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Drug Reaction Data

Below is a list of drugs with literature evidence indicating an adverse association with this diagnosis. The list is continually updated through ongoing research and new medication approvals. Click on Citations to sort by number of citations or click on Medication to sort the medications alphabetically.

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Last Updated: 05/13/2019
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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Splenic artery aneurysm
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Splenic artery aneurysm : Splenomegaly, LUQ pain
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