alexa A unique cause of hemoperitoneum: spontaneous rupture of a splenic hemangiopericytoma.


Journal of Medical & Surgical Pathology

Author(s): Maria PS, Mauri M, Carmignani L

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Abstract Non-traumatic hemoperitoneum may be catastrophic if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. It is critical to identify this clinical picture and treat any active bleeding. We report the first case in the literature (to our knowledge) of spontaneous hemoperitoneum caused by a cystic splenic hemangiopericytoma. Hemangiopericytomas represent a small subset of soft tissue sarcomas. They rarely originate in the spleen as a primary tumor, with only ten cases having been previously described. The difficulty of predicting the prognosis and clinical behavior of these lesions has been repeatedly stressed. The literature concerning this rare and unusual neoplasm is reviewed.
This article was published in Int J Emerg Med and referenced in Journal of Medical & Surgical Pathology

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