Hemoperitoneum Due to Penetrating Intercostal Artery Injury: A Case Report of a Rare and Still Understudied Entity
Keywords:Intercostal artery, Penetrating injury, intraabdominal injury
Intercostal artery injury may be life-threatening and usually presents as hemothorax. We report a unique case of penetrating injury, causing hemoperitoneum due to intercostal artery injury, without thoracic involvement. During urgent laparotomy, no intra-abdominal organ injury was found. Hemostasis was successfully achieved via suturing through an additional lateral 10cm incision through the left thorax.