Splenic laceration and rupture are common phenomena among patients in a traumatic setting, especially in blunt trauma. Much more unusual, however, is splenic injury without a known insult. Several case reports and studies have been written about spontaneous splenic injury in patients with viral, haematological or malignant processes. Recently, we encountered a patient with a spontaneous splenic rupture and no preceding trauma apart from semielective cardioversion. Operative decision-making was complicated by the fact that he required systemic anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation. He eventually underwent splenectomy and made an uneventful recovery.
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