• Spontaneous rupture of the spleen refers to rupture of a normal spleen in the absence of trauma. Atraumatic rupture of a diseased spleen is termed pathological rupture and has been described in a variety of pathological conditions. This report describes a case of pathological splenic rupture associated with hepatitis A confirmed by positive IgM antibodies. To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the sole verified example of this previously unrecognized life-threatening complication of hepatitis.
(Arch Surg 1984;119:224-225)
Van Landingham SB, Rawls DE, Roberts JW. Pathological Rupture of the Spleen Associated With Hepatitis A. Arch Surg. 1984;119(2):224-225. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390140080014