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October 1963

Aneurysm of Splenic Artery With Calcification

Author Affiliations

From Department of Surgery, Ravenswood Hospital.; Resident in Pathology at Ravenswood Hospital; graduated, Chonnam University Medical College, Korea, 1958 (Dr. Yang).

Arch Surg. 1963;87(4):676-681. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310160138028

Aneurysm of the splenic artery is an infrequent lesion. The diagnosis is rarely made from clinical symptoms alone. Rupture is attended by a very high mortality. However, if the lesion is diagnosed before rupture occurs, surgical treatment is usually uneventful and successful. We present a case which was diagnosed before rupture and was successfully treated surgically.

Report of a Case  A 53-year-old housewife, postmenopausal, healthy, was admitted to Ravenswood Hospital on March 24, 1962, for surgical treatment of a possible calcified aneurysm of the splenic artery. During her last admission the patient's chief complaint was a "fire ball in the stomach."

Present Illness.  —In the past six to eight years, she had suffered from headache with nausea, occasional vomiting, bloating, and full sensation under the left costal margin which was associated with occasional pain in the back and shoulders.About four years ago, while bending over, she felt a "twisting

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