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Spontaneous Rupture of the Spleen Associated With Mycoplasma Pneumonia and Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis FREE TO VIEW

Karl Ziermann*, DO; Girish B. Nair, MD; Joseph Mathew, MD; Bohsra Louka, MD
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Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Chest. 2012;142(4_MeetingAbstracts):258A. doi:10.1378/chest.1390525
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SESSION TYPE: Infectious Disease Student/Resident Case Report Posters II

PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

INTRODUCTION: A 38-year man with history of symptomatic bradycardia, requiring permanent pacemaker placement and right leg fracture status-post internal fixation presented with increased right lower extremity edema swelling and raised black lesions on extremities, fever and myalgia of two weeks in duration.

CASE PRESENTATION: He denied any history of trauma. The laboratory investigation revealed hemoglobin of 12 gm/dl. An admission chest x-ray revealed right-sided pleural effusion. On the night of admission, the patient had severe abdominal pain and worsening abdominal distention. His repeat hemoglobin level was 4.9gm/dl, prothrombin time and INR were 15.2 and 1.38, respectively. He was in a shock state and received multiple units of packed red blood cell transfusion, and fresh frozen plasma and vitamin K. A CT scan revealed pulmonary opacities, moderate right-sided pleural effusion and a ruptured spleen with a large hematoma and hemoperitoneum. He developed abdominal compartment syndrome and was subsequently intubated with improvement in hemodynamics and renal function. An urgent transcatheter embolization of the splenic artery was performed. A thoracentesis on the right side was done, which showed lymphocyte-predominant exudative fluid. The serology revealed positive IgM mycoplasma. All other serologies were negative. A transdermal biopsy of the skin lesion demonstrated leukocytoclastic vasculitis. The patient was started on vancomycin, meropenem and azithromycin. The patient was extubated on day 7 and discharged a week later.

DISCUSSION: Atraumatic spleen rupture (ASR) is a rare but often life threatening. Three most common causes of ASR have been reported as malignant hematological disorders (16.4%), viral infectious disorders (14.8%) and local inflammatory and neoplastic disorders (10.9%). Splenomegaly is a common feature found in 55% of patients. The ASR-related mortality rate is reported as 12.2%, with splenomegaly and age greater than 40 being associated with higher mortality rates. Neoplastic disorders were significantly associated with a fatal outcome. M.pneumoniae can rarely cause severe pneumonia and multi organ failure. Leukocytoclastic vasculitis, and splenic rupture are uncommon presentations of M. pneumoniae.

CONCLUSIONS: This case exemplifies the importance of having a high index of suspicion for diagnosis of spontaneous splenic rupture and successful management with splenic artery embolization.

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2) Wehbe E, et al. Spontaneous splenic rupture precipitated by cough: A case report and a review of literature. Scandanavian Journal of Gastroenterology

3) Orloff, MJ. Peskin, GW. Spontaneous rupture of the normal spleen-a surgical enigma. International Abstracts of Surgery. 1958;106:1-11.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Karl Ziermann, Girish B Nair, Joseph Mathew, Bohsra Louka

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