Trauma to the abdomen and especially to the left renal region not infrequently produces rupture of the spleen. I have seen a number of cases and in some the severity of the injury was out of all proportion to the mildness of the trauma. In a review of the literature I could find only one case in which rupture of the spleen followed a football injury. This case was reported by George Armitage in the British Journal of Surgery.1
REPORT OF CASE
R. B., a white youth aged 17, was admitted to the hospital the night of Oct. 10, 1939, because of abdominal discomfort. He gave a history of having had malaria five years previously.The onset of his present condition dated to the night of October 6, when he was struck in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen while playing football. He was completely knocked out, his
Frank LW. TRAUMATIC RUPTURE OF THE SPLEEN: AN UNUSUAL FOOTBALL INJURY. JAMA. 1941;116(11):1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820110002006a
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