UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Vascular

Title: Splenic Artery Aneurysm

Keywords: Aneurysm (PubMed Search)

Posted: 11/5/2007 by Rob Rogers, MD (Updated: 7/10/2020)
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Splenic Artery Aneurysm

  • According to autopsy studies, splanchnic artery aneurysms (spleen, celiac, etc.) may be more frequent than AAA
  • Most asymptomatic and detected incidentally on CT
  • Splenic artery aneurysms most common splanchnic aneurysm
  • With increased use of abdominal CT, emergency physicians will be seeing this diagnosis more often

Who cares, you ask?

  • Splanchnic artery aneurysms are at risk for rupture
  • This type of vascular abnormality will be discovered more often because of increased CT use
  • Aneurysms > 2cm indication for repair
  • Consider consultation and /or expeditious followup if this is encountered
  • May be treated with catheter embolization or surgery