SPONTANEOUS or nontraumatic rupture of the kidney is rare. Kuster 1 in 1896 found ten cases in a review of 30,000 autopsies. Before 1935 approximately 15 case reports and six reviews had appeared in the literature in English.2-7 Since 1935 11 additional reviews with illustrative case reports have appeared in the literature. However these reports were limited to specific etiologies,8-13 specific site of rupture,14 specific mode of rupture,15 or emphasized the paucity of case material.16-18
This report presents an illustrative case and summarizes the experience at Bellevue Hospital together with a comprehensive review of the English literature describing spontaneous rupture of the kidney exclusive of the vascular pedicle.
Report of Cases
—Second (Cornell) Medical Division, Bellevue Hospital, 33481-57; a 24-year-old Pureto Rican man first entered Bellevue Hospital in July, 1957, complaining of intermittent abdominal pain of two days' duration. He was normotensive with
JOACHIM GR, BECKER EL. Spontaneous Rupture Of the Kidney. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(2):176–183. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860140056012
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