Rectus Sheath Hematoma: A Simplified Emergency Surgical Approach
Michael Mantelas1, *, Niki Katsiki2, 3, Polychronis Antonitsis1, Ellada Kyurdzhieva4, Dimitri P Mikhailidis2, Apostolos Hatzitolios3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 4
Last Page: 5
Publisher ID: TOCMJ-5-4
Article History:Received Date: 2/12/2010
Revision Received Date: 24/12/2010
Acceptance Date: 28/12/2010
Electronic publication date: 4/2/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Rectus sheath hematoma (RSH) is an uncommon clinical event usually associated with trauma or coagulation disorders. It can also occur spontaneously. RSH usually runs a benign course but it can present with hypovolemic shock. When conservative management fails, surgical exploration becomes mandatory. We propose a technique of emergency ligation of the inferior epigastric artery. This is a simple approach as this artery originates at the posterior rectus sheath above the inguinal ligament. This safe technique provides immediate hemodynamic stabilization.