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Two weeks delayed bleeding in blunt liver injury: case report and review of the literature

Uri Kaplan1*, Oshama A Hatoum12, Alexander Chulsky3, Hussam Menzal1 and Doron Kopelman12

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel

2 Faculty of Medicine, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

3 Department of Radiology, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel

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World Journal of Emergency Surgery 2011, 6:14  doi:10.1186/1749-7922-6-14

Published: 22 April 2011

Abstract

Most cases of blunt hepatic trauma are treated nowadays non-operatively. This type of conservative treatment has resulted in increased complication rate. Delayed complications occur in cases that didn't require surgical intervention during the first 24 hours. The most common late complication is hemorrhage. We report a case of two weeks delayed hemorrhage after blunt hepatic trauma in an adult. We describe the diagnostic procedures, the surgical treatment and review the relevant literature.