Splenic rupture in a neonate - a rare complication
Birth trauma is well described in the neonatal literature, but intra-abdominal injuries occurs infrequently and is often forgotten in the differential diagnosis of a hypovolaemic shocked infant with an abdominal mass. The symptoms of splenic rupture are nonspecific, creating a diagnostic dilemma for the clinician. As splenic rupture denotes a surgical emergency, increased awareness of this complication may decrease the delay in diagnosis, therefore increasing the infant’s chances of survival. This applies not only to paediatricians but to every midwife, intern or medical officer who attends to deliveries and is involved with the care of the newborn.
Lizel G Lloyd, University of Pretoria
Wilma de Witt, University of Pretoria
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South African Journal of Child Health 2011;5(3):94.
Date submitted: 2011-05-26
Date published: 2011-09-30
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