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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2014, Article ID 903421, 3 pages
Case Report

Splenic Abscess: A Rare Complication of the UVC in Newborn

Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Centre, Hamad Medical Corporation, P.O. Box 3050, Doha, Qatar

Received 2 November 2013; Accepted 4 December 2013; Published 8 January 2014

Academic Editors: I. J. Griffin and A. T. Soliman

Copyright © 2014 Ameer Aslam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Splenic abscess is one of the rarest complications of the UVC in a newborn and it is hypothesized that it could be due to an infection or trauma caused by a catheter. The case that is being reported presented with abdominal distension and recurrent desaturation with suspicion of neonatal sepsis versus necrotizing enterocolitis. However, the final diagnosis was splenic abscess as a complication of an inappropriate UVC insertion which was discovered by abdominal ultrasound. The patient was given broad spectrum antibiotics empirically and the symptoms were resolved without any surgical intervention. Such cases and controlled studies need to be reported in order to identify further causes and risk factors associated with splenic abscess in a patient with UVC which can eventually help us adopt preventive strategies to avoid such complications.