Fatal rectus sheath hematoma

B. S. Ducatman, J. Ludwig, R. D. Hurt

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Abstract

Rectus sheath hematoma is an uncommon, often misdiagnosed, and usually self-limited condition. In a recent review of autopsy cases at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn, we found two patients in whom hemorrhages into the rectus sheaths were considered the immediate cause of death. Rectus sheath hematoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of an abdominal mass of sudden onset, especially in patients who have been given anticoagulants. The condition may be fatal if the volume of the hemorrhage is large and if treatment is delayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-925
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Volume249
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

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Hematoma
Hemorrhage
Diagnostic Errors
Anticoagulants
Cause of Death
Autopsy
Differential Diagnosis
Therapeutics

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Fatal rectus sheath hematoma. / Ducatman, B. S.; Ludwig, J.; Hurt, R. D.

In: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 249, No. 7, 1983, p. 924-925.

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Ducatman, BS, Ludwig, J & Hurt, RD 1983, 'Fatal rectus sheath hematoma', Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 249, no. 7, pp. 924-925. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.249.7.924
Ducatman, B. S. ; Ludwig, J. ; Hurt, R. D. / Fatal rectus sheath hematoma. In: Journal of the American Medical Association. 1983 ; Vol. 249, No. 7. pp. 924-925.
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