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Lesson learnt: don’t prescribe heparin for hemoperitoneum!
  1. D Debnath
  1. Department of Surgery, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr D Debnath, 25D Short Loanings, Aberdeen AB25 2TA, UK; 


This paper describes a case of spontaneous rupture of the spleen that was misdiagnosed as pulmonary embolism. Because of a lack of history of trauma, rarity of occurrence, and confusing clinical presentations, an unwary clinician may fail to diagnose this condition in time. It may result in erroneous treatment of a condition, which is potentially curable.

  • abdominal pain
  • haemoperitoneum
  • spontaneous rupture
  • spleen

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