Splenic rupture after colonoscopy: A case report

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Kiosoglous, A. J., Varghese, R., Memon, M. A. (2009). Splenic rupture after colonoscopy: A case report. Surgical laparoscopy endoscopy & percutaneous techniques, 19(3), e104-e105.

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Iatrogenic splenic tear after a colonoscopy is a rare complication. Conditions predisposing to splenocolic adhesions such as previous abdominal surgery, pancreatitis, or inflammatory bowel disease may increase the risk of this injury after colonoscopy. We present a case of a 47-year-old woman with an iatrogenic splenic tear after a routine colonoscopy, who had several of these predisposing factors and required an urgent splenectomy.

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