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A Journal on Surgery
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Minerva Chirurgica 2006 June;61(3):261-4
Pseudoaneurysm of the splenic artery fistulized in the stomach and associated to a pancreatic pseudocyst: case report
Cioppa T., De Stefano A., Marrelli D., Neri A., Rossi S., De Marco G., Pinto E., Roviello F.
Sezione di Chirugia Oncologica Dipartimento di Patologia Umana e Oncologia Università degli Studi di Siena, Siena
A case of pseudoaneurysm of the splenic artery fistulized in the stomach and associated to a pancreatic pseudocyst is presented. A diabetic and alcoholist 40-year-old man was referred for gastrointestinal bleeding. Esophagogastro-duodenoscopy showed a tumefaction of the little gastric curve and a gastric bleeding fistula.
A computed tomography demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm of the splenic artery fistulized in the stomach and associated to pancreatic pseudocyst.
Marsupialization of the pancreatic pseudocyst, ligature of the splenic artery, splenectomy and closure of the gastric bleeding fistula were performed. There were no postoperative complications and the follow-up showed no other complications.
Aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms of the splenic artery are very frequent, generally asymptomatic (70% of the cases) and in half of the cases they are occasionally diagnosticated.
The bleeding of pseudoaneurysm for rupture or fistulization is a very rare and serious complication associated to a high percentage of mortality.