Splenic Infarction as a Rare Cause of Chest Pain

Koyuncu M., Kostekci S. K., Ozturk D., Altinbilek E., Okay M., Ekinci N.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.14, no.3, pp.154-156, 2015 (ESCI) identifier


This report reviews literature on splenic infarction. It also describes the case of a 27-year-old female who was bedridden because of a muscular disease and who was admitted to the emergency department with chest pain. She experienced continuous squeezing and compressing pain, which originated from the lower left hemithorax and radiated to the left axilla. A splenic infarct was detected after 24 h follow-up in the emergency room. Emergency physicians should keep in mind that chest pain originating from the lower left thorax and radiating to the left shoulder can be a sign of splenic infarction.