Case Report

Portal vein injury due to blunt abdominal trauma

N Ramathavha, A B van As


Portal vein injuries associated with blunt abdominal force trauma are associated with high mortality. The fatal outcome may be related to various factors, including clinical state at presentation, concurrent injuries and surgical skill during laparotomy. A case of portal vein injury following blunt abdominal trauma sustained in a motor vehicle accident is described.

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N Ramathavha, Department of Forensic Pathology, Pietersburg and Mankweng hospitals, University of Limpopo, Polowane, South Africa

A B van As, Department of General Surgery, Pietersburg and Mankweng hospitals, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2021;111(11b):1147-1148. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2021.v111i11b.16130

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Date submitted: 2021-12-01
Date published: 2021-12-01

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