Intrahepatic Artery Pseudoaneurysm as a Delayed Presentation of Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Abstract


Arterial pseudoaneurysm is an uncommon life-threatening complication in blunt trauma patients. Blunt liver injury may lead to hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm. Radiological intervention is the method of choice in diagnosis and treatment of hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm. However, surgical intervention is advised for unstable patients with large leaking defects. This study reports a case of 53-year-old female who was admitted with vague abdominal pain. She had experienced a blunt abdominal trauma a year ago and had gone under liver packing procedure. The CT-scan results showed hematoma in RUQ region and leaking pseudoaneurysm of right hepatic artery. Hematoma was drained and partial liver resection and hepatic arterioraphy were done through laparotomy.