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Chirurgia 2005 August;18(4):193-6

language: Italian

Surgical treatment of a case of splenic artery aneurysm

Tatulli F., Caputi A., Ciani V., Ruggieri T., Chetta G.


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Splenic artery aneurysm ( SAA ) constitutes a rare disease but it is the most common aneurysm among the visceral ones. The etiology is unknown; it is most often associated with changes in the arterial wall or a hyperkinetic splenic circulation. Symptoms are typical only in the presence of obvious rupture, therefore a diagnosis is usually obtained incidentally with the common imaging studies of the abdomen. Treatment is mainly surgical and depends on the position of the aneurysm along the artery; it is generally characterized by a very favorable outcome. We present a case of SAA seen in a 70 yr-old woman with aspecific abdominal pain, successfully treated by caudal spleno-pancreasectomy.

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