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Ruptured Splenic Artery Aneurysm in the Postpartum Patient: A Case Series

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Introduction: The evaluation of an unstable peripartum patient in the emergency department includes a differential diagnosis spanning multiple organ systems. Splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) is one of those rare diagnoses with potentially high morbidity and mortality.

Case Series: This case series explores two unusual cases of postpartum SAAs. Despite differences in presentation, both patients had a ruptured SAA.

Conclusion: Often, SAAs are misdiagnosed. Early diagnosis is key, especially for the fetus. If the patient presents in shock, the expedited diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving for both the mother and the fetus.

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