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Article
January 1977

Idiopathic Rupture of the Iliac Vein

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, St Francis Hospital, Hartford, Conn (Drs Brown and Sanchez), and the Departments of Surgery, St Francis Hospital, Hartford, and the University of Connecticut Health Center (Dr Mannix).

Arch Surg. 1977;112(1):95. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370010097020
Abstract

• Idiopathic rupture of large veins is very rare. There has been one report in the Portugese literature of such an instance involving the iliac vein. Our patient was an elderly woman in whom evidence of intra-abdominal hemorrhage developed. There was no clinical evidence of trauma. At laparotomy a large retroperitoneal hematoma secondary to an 8-mm tear in the left common iliac vein was found. The tear occurred adjacent to where the right common iliac artery passes over the vein. Repair was followed by uneventful recovery. Results of the pathological examination showed nonspecific information.

(Arch Surg 112:95, 1977)

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