Aneurysms of the splenic artery are uncommon and often unsuspected. A pregnant woman and her fetus may die suddenly if the aneurysm should rupture.
Patient selection: woman pregnancy or postpartum period
Aneurysms of the splenic artery are a subset of visceral artery aneurysms.
The rupture can occur in any trimester.
The typical presentation is sudden collapse with death if resuscitation is not immediately available.
If an aneurysm is identified prior to pregnancy, then it should be repaired. The risk of rupture of an existing aneurysm during pregnancy is high (20-50%; Groussolles et al).
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Specialty: Clinical Laboratory, Cardiology