Endovascular treatment of massive retroperitoneal haemorrhage due to inferior adrenal artery injury. A case report

Acta Radiol. 2002 May;43(3):326-8. doi: 10.1080/j.1600-0455.2002.430316.x.


Massive retroperitoneal haemorrhage because of adrenal bleeding following blunt trauma is a rare entity. We describe a 23-year-old woman with massive retroperitoneal haemorrhage as a result of inferior adrenal artery (IAA) disruption following a car accident. Superselective transcatheter embolization of the IAA using polyvinyl alcohol particles was performed successfully to control haemorrhage. To our knowledge, this is the second report of massive retroperitoneal haemorrhage caused by IAA disruption successfully treated by transcatheter embolization.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adrenal Glands / blood supply*
  • Adult
  • Arteries / injuries
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol / therapeutic use
  • Retroperitoneal Space* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol