Misdiagnosis of post-traumatic splenic rupture in a patient with acute cold agglutinin disease due to Mycoplasma infection

Lorenzo Cirasino, Anna Marcotti, Giovanni Barosi, Francesco Massaro, Aldo Silvani

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We describe a case of cold agglutinin disease, secondary to Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection, which presented with anaemia and abdominal pains in apparent succession to a thoraco-abdominal trauma. An exploratory laparotomy, carried out because of suspected post-traumatic rupture of the spleen, was complicated by a transitory cardiorespiratory arrest. The subsequent and correct diagnosis of the mycoplasmal infection acid the cold agglutinins led to specific and successful therapy. The previously unknown hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was a contributing factor to the cardiorespiratory arrest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-524
Number of pages3
JournalScandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology

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