Giant rectus sheath hematoma after therapeutic paracentesis resulting in hemodynamic instability in the intensive care unit.

Sang Bae Ko, H. Alex Choi, Rishi Malhotra, Kiwon Lee

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Rectus sheath hematoma (RSH) is a rare but potentially serious complication that can occur after abdominal paracentesis. Although RSH is often self-limited, it can lead to life-threatening conditions when diagnosis and/or treatment are delayed. In the neuro-intensive care unit, the diagnosis is often difficult to make or delayed because most patients have poor mental status and are unable to communicate their RSH-related symptoms. We report a case of a giant RSH detected by abnormal hemodynamic conditions on intensive care unit monitoring after abdominal paracentesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
JournalHospital practice (1995)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


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