Spontaneous retroperitoneal hemorrhage secondary to subcapsular renal hematoma: MRI findings

N. Cem Balci, Mustafa Şirvanci, Ilter Tüfek, Levent Onat, Cihan Duran

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Spontaneous retroperitoneal hemorrhage is a rare intraabdominal bleeding. In this report we present a case of a nontraumatic retroperitoneal hemorrhage secondary to spontaneous subcapsular renal hematoma. A 54-year-old patient who was under warfarin therapy, developed subcapsular right renal hematoma. Subcapsular and retroperitoneal hemorrhage were low signal on T1- and T2-weighted images consistent with acute stage of blood. The source of subcapsular hematoma was shown to be the rupture of hemorrhagic renal cyst on MRI. Extension of hemorrhage into the retroperitoneal space anterior to right psoas muscle was also successfully shown on MRI. Patient underwent nephrectomy and retroperitoneal blood was evacuated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1145-1148
Number of pages4
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdomen
  • Hematoma
  • Kidney
  • MRI
  • Retroperitoneum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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