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Spontaneous renal artery aneurysm rupture: an unusual cause of abdominal pain and syncope
  1. G E Fraser,
  2. H Poncia
  1. The Tweed Hospital, Emergency Department, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia
  1. Dr H Poncia, The Tweed Hospital, Emergency Department, 16–18 Powell Street, Tweed Heads, NSW 2485, Australia; hugo.poncia{at}


Spontaneous renal artery aneurysm (RAA) rupture is a rare, but potentially fatal, cause of abdominal pain. A case is reported of a ruptured RAA in a previously well 45-year-old woman who presented with abdominal pain and syncope. Bedside ultrasound was unremarkable; however, a prompt abdominal computed tomography scan secured the diagnosis. Endovascular stenting was performed and the patient recovered.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.

  • GEF is an emergency department registrar. HP is a faculty member of the training programme.