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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 2192943, 4 pages
Case Report

A Case of a Chronic Pancreatic Pseudocyst Causing Atraumatic Splenic Rupture without Evidence of Acute Pancreatitis

1University of Liverpool Medical School, Liverpool, UK
2University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
3Department of General Surgery, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
4Department of Radiology, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Received 25 July 2016; Accepted 21 September 2016

Academic Editor: Beth A. Schrope

Copyright © 2016 P. Moori 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.


Atraumatic splenic rupture is a rare complication of a pancreatic pseudocyst (PP), described in the setting of chronic pancreatitis. There is common understanding, within the literature, that an inflammatory process at the tail of the pancreas may disrupt the spleen and result in such splenic complications. The authors present a case report of a 29-year-old male with a PP, associated with chronic pancreatitis. The patient had a history of excessive alcohol intake and presented to the emergency department with a short history of abdominal pain and vomiting. He denied any significant history of trauma and serum amylase levels were normal. An admission computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen confirmed the presence of a PP in direct contact with the spleen. The CT also demonstrated a heterogenous hypodense area of the splenic hilum, along with perisplenic fluid. The patient was admitted for observation. His abdominal pain progressed, and he became haemodynamically unstable. An emergency ultrasound scan (USS) at this time revealed intra-abdominal haemorrhage. A subsequent CT confirmed splenic rupture, which was managed surgically with a full recovery. Few such cases are documented within the literature and more understanding of preempting such events is needed.