Acute complete splenic infarction secondary to COVID-19 infection

Uzair Javaid, Peter Young, Gunvir Gill, Peeyush Bhargava

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Splenic infarction in COVID-19 patients is a rare entity with few documented cases. We report a case of symptomatic complete splenic infarction and discuss COVID-19 related thrombosis, splenic infarction, diagnostic imaging for splenic infarction, and the management. Thrombotic events related to COVID-19 have been reported in unusual locations, and our case highlights an example of one such location, the splenic artery. Contrast enhanced Computed Tomography (CT) is the standard diagnostic modality and will typically reveal foci of hypo-enhancement, peripheral and wedge-shaped. CT angiography can be performed to evaluate the arteries and diagnose thrombosis. The primary treatment is aimed at addressing the underlying cause and includes supportive care. It is important that physicians consider splenic infarction as an explanation for abdominal pain in COVID-19 patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1402-1406
Number of pages5
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022


  • Artery
  • COVID-19
  • CT
  • Splenic infarction
  • Thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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