Spontaneous rupture of the spleen detected on CT as the initial manifestation of infectious mononucleosis

Gabriela Gayer, Gisele Zandman-Goddard, Elena Kosych, Sara Apter

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Abstract

Spontaneous splenic rupture after infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a rare, potentially fatal complication of IM, occurring in 0.1-0.5% of patients with proven IM. It usually occurs several weeks after the onset of symptoms, but may, rarely, be the initial manifestation of the disease. The patient is usually examined as an emergency due to severe abdominal pain and a falling hematocrit. The radiologist should be aware of the pathologic conditions involving the spleen which may lead to its spontaneous rupture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-52
Number of pages2
JournalEmergency Radiology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Rupture
  • Spleen

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