Turkish Journal of Nephrology
Case Report

Atypical Presentation of Rectus Sheath Hematoma in a Hemodialysis Patient: Recurrent Abdominal Pain After Dialysis Sessions


Trakya University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nephrology, Edirne, Turkey

Turkish J Nephrol 2017; 26: 222-224
DOI: 10.5262/tndt.2017.1002.15
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Rectus sheath hematoma is a rare but well-known cause of acute abdominal pain. Rectus sheath hematoma is largely misdiagnosed as seen rarely. As a fatal disorder it must be suspected especially in patients receiving anticoagulant therapy for any reason. Heparin exposure during hemodialysis sessions and uremic bleeding diathesis causes chronic hemodialysis patients to be vulnerable to rectus sheath hematoma. Rectus sheath hematoma may be mild and self-limiting but also be so severe that it threatens life because of hypotensive shock and anemia-related risks. The patient may present without symptoms, with abdominal pain or with hemodynamic shock. We present a case report describing a patient with recurrent abdominal pain due to rectus sheath hematoma exacerbating after hemodialysis sessions. 

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