Foster et al present a case of a postpartum ruptured splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) in the May issue of Vascular Disease Management. Ruptured splenic artery aneurysm is a rare condition, but comprises 60% of visceral artery aneurysms. Risk factors for the development of SAA include female sex (4:1), pancreatitis, multiple previous pregnancies and portal hypertension. The case presented by Foster et al required special consideration because the patient had an advanced health directive declining all blood products. The aneurysm was successfully managed with coil embolization and the patient was discharged well on day 2 postoperatively.
Read more about the approach to managing this case in “Postpartum Ruptured Splenic Artery Aneurysm Treated by Coil Embolization.”