Diagnosis and Management of HELLP Syndrome Complicated by Liver Hematoma

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Abstract

Subcapsular liver hematoma is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of preeclampsia and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets syndrome. It may present with nonspecific signs and symptoms, none of which are diagnostic, and can mimic pulmonary embolism of cholecystitis. There is no consensus on the management of subcapsular liver hematoma. Unruptured liver hematoma can be conservatively managed. When rupture occurs, surgical, endovascular approaches and, rarely, liver transplantation, may be required. Actual literature is scant and retrospective in nature. Data on follow-up, time to resolution and outcome of subsequent pregnancies are very limited. We here review the diagnosis and management of liver hematoma.

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