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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 24(3); 2013 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2013;24(3): 322-325.
A Case of Latrogenic Hemoperitoneum after Diagnostic Colonoscopy
Gyun Moo Kim, Tae Chang Jang
Department of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. emzzang@cu.ac.kr
Colonoscopy is a routinely performed diagnostic and therapeutic procedure for colorectal diseases. Abdominal pain after colonoscopy is a relatively common complication; however, hemoperitoneum is a very rare complication. We report a case of a 51-year-old male patient who suffered from a left upper quadrant pain after diagnostic colonoscopy at a healthcare promotion center. He had a routine screening test, including computed tomography (CT), and the follow-up CT showed an iatrogenic hemoperitoneum without a definite spleen injury. That is complication is rare, but potentially life-threatening. We recommend a high suspicion for this complication for its early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Key words: Colonoscopy, Hemoperitoneum, Complication
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