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Spontaneous renal haemorrhage in the peritoneal cavity
  1. A Abdellaoui1,
  2. W Al-Daraji2,
  3. V Natarajan1,
  4. D Sandilands1
  1. 1Department of Surgery, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Burnley, UK
  2. 2Department of Pathology, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrA Abdellaoui
 31 Sulby Drive, Lancaster LA1 4RP, UK; abdellaoui{at}


A 49 year old woman was admitted to hospital after a sudden onset of severe back pain. Twelve hours later, the haemoglobin had decreased to 5.9 and became unstable. She underwent emergency laparotomy that showed intraperitoneal bleeding, secondary to spontaneous kidney rupture. The patient was given a nephrectomy. Histological examination showed an angiomyolipoma as the cause of the bleeding. To the knowledge of the authors, only five previous cases of spontaneous renal bleeding into the peritoneal cavity have been reported in English literature.

  • peritoneal cavity
  • haemoperitoneum
  • kidney

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  • Conflicts of interest: none.

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