Spontaneous renal artery aneurysm rupture: an unusual cause of abdominal pain and syncope

Emerg Med J. 2009 Aug;26(8):619-20. doi: 10.1136/emj.2008.068338.


Spontaneous renal artery aneurysm (RAA) rupture is a rare, but potentially fatal, cause of abdominal pain. A case is reported of a ruptured RAA in a previously well 45-year-old woman who presented with abdominal pain and syncope. Bedside ultrasound was unremarkable; however, a prompt abdominal computed tomography scan secured the diagnosis. Endovascular stenting was performed and the patient recovered.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology*
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / complications*
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Renal Artery*
  • Rupture, Spontaneous / diagnostic imaging
  • Rupture, Spontaneous / etiology
  • Syncope / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed