Article Abstract

Splenic laceration after routine colonoscopy, a case report of a rare iatrogenic complication

Authors: Shuo Li, Nishant Gupta, Yogesh Kumar, Frank Mele


Colonoscopy is a common and routine procedure performed in the United States, most commonly performed for screening of colorectal cancer. Although colonoscopy is considered a safe procedure, it is associated with complications including intestinal hemorrhage and perforation. Splenic trauma, such as laceration or even complete rupture is a rarely reported, but potentially fatal complication if undetected. We present a case of splenic laceration with subcapsular hematoma status post routine colonoscopy. Fortunately, patient was able to be managed medically, without further operative intervention. We will also review the available literature related to this rare iatrogenic complication.