We retrospectively reviewed CT scans of 18 patients (12 males and 6 females; mean age: 43.6 years) with the diagnosis of blunt splenic trauma. All patients underwent CT at different times after the trauma. The cases were divided into 2 groups: according to the time at which the CT was perfomed, the 1st group consisted of 11 patients scanned within 48 h after the trauma; the 2nd group consisted of 7 patients studied with CT at variable times after the traumatic event (mean time: 6.5 days; range 3-13 days). All lesions in the 1st group (11 patients) had indistinct margins, while lesions of patients in the 2nd group (7 patients) always showed clean-cut and regular edges. Early lesions were always hyperdense, late ones hypodense. CT diagnosis always matched the surgeon's diagnosis . We can confirm the diagnostic value of CT of splenic lesions in blunt abdominal traumas.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- blunt trauma
- computerized tomography
- delayed splenic rupture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging