Splenic subcapsular hematoma and long-term hemodialysis

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Uremic patients, or those on maintenance hemodialysis, are at increased risk for spontaneous bleeding. Manifestations include retroperitoneal, costal, hepatic, renal, pericardial, mediastinal and subdural hemorrhages. We describe 2 patients on chronic hemodialysis, a 45-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman. Each developed a subcapsular hematoma of the spleen, diagnosed by sonography and CT scan. They were conservatively managed by low-dose heparin, bed rest and careful monitoring. Frequently repeated ultrasound and CT scans demonstrated complete resolution of the hematomas after 2 and 4 months, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-432
Number of pages3
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


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