Retroperitoneal haemorrhage is a rare but potentially life-threatening event. It may occur either spontaneously or secondary to percutaneous vascular access procedures, trauma, or ruptured aortic, iliac, or mesenteric aneurysms. As a result, the clinical presentation is variable. Computed tomography and/or angiography are vital for diagnosis. Management may range from conservative treatment for stable patients to emergency laparotomy or embolization for catastrophic haemorrhage. Direct percutaneous puncture of a deep intra-abdominal pseudoaneurysm is an accepted but infrequently performed technique due to a number of diagnostic and technical challenges. We describe the successful percutaneous transabdominal angioembolization of a superior mesenteric artery rupture in a 77-year-old woman with a large retroperitoneal haematoma. This was performed after a conventional femoral transarterial approach was unsuccessful.
- superior mesenteric