|Year : 2014 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 201-202
Spontaneous muscle hematomas in a patient with Dengue hemorrhagic fever
Jency Maria Koshy1, Mary John1, Shubra Rathore2, Uttam Braino George2
1 Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2 Department of Radiology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
|Date of Web Publication||17-Aug-2014|
Jency Maria Koshy
Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 141 008, Punjab
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and Dengue shock syndrome manifest in various forms, ranging from petechial skin hemorrhage to life threatening cerebral, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and genitourinary hemorrhages. However it is very rare to have muscle hematomas in DHF. We report a rare case of spontaneous Iliopsoas hematoma complicating Dengue hemorrhagic fever.
Keywords: Dengue hemorrhagic fever, iliopsoas hematoma, muscle hematoma
|How to cite this article:|
Koshy JM, John M, Rathore S, George UB. Spontaneous muscle hematomas in a patient with Dengue hemorrhagic fever. CHRISMED J Health Res 2014;1:201-2
|How to cite this URL:|
Koshy JM, John M, Rathore S, George UB. Spontaneous muscle hematomas in a patient with Dengue hemorrhagic fever. CHRISMED J Health Res [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Feb 24];1:201-2. Available from: http://www.cjhr.org/text.asp?2014/1/3/201/138905
| Introduction|| |
Dengue fever is caused by Dengue virus which belongs to the family flaviviridae. Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS) manifest in various forms ranging from petechial hemorrhages to life-threatening gastrointestinal, pulmonary, cerebral or genitourinary hemorrhages. However, it is rare to have muscle hematomas. We report a rare case of Iliopsoas muscle hematoma complicating DHF.
| Case Report|| |
A 39-year-old gentleman, a resident of Punjab, came to our hospital with fever for four days associated with generalized malaise. He did not have any other localizing complaints. There was no history of bleeding from any site. Clinical examination revealed conjunctival suffusion, generalized blanching and hepatomegaly.
Initial investigation revealed leucopenia (3,100/mm 3 ) and thrombocytopenia (11,000/mm 3 ). The biochemical parameters were normal except for transaminitis (AST 66 IU, ALT 132 IU). His blood culture was sterile. Dengue IgM (Pan Bio capture ELISA) antibodies were detected in serum. Malarial parasites were absent on the peripheral blood film. Malarial antigens and antibodies against Leptospira were not detected.
He was given a single donor platelet transfusion. During his second day of hospitalization, he had a severe bout of cough, following which he experienced lower abdominal pain. Ultrasonography of the abdomen revealed hepatomegaly, reactionary cholecystitis and minimal ascites, which were consistent with features seen in DHF. Radiography of the abdomen was normal. His platelet counts were 13,000/mm 3 and it dropped to 12,000/mm 3 on the following day.
On the third hospital day, he complained of hip pain and had painful movements of both hip joints. Ultrasonography of both hips and pelvis revealed heterogeneous areas in the bilateral iliacus and left iliopsoas tendon. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hip was done, which revealed hematomas in the bilateral iliacus and left iliopsoas muscle [Figure 1]. He was managed with platelet transfusions and analgesics. He had full-range of movement at the hip joint, within a week, and was discharged in a stable condition. The platelet counts gradually normalized (3.6 lakh/mm 3 ) by the tenth hospital day.
|Figure 1: Axial T2 weighted image showing oval hematomas with perilesional oedema in the iliacus muscle bilaterally|
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| Discussion|| |
Muscle hematomas are a rare complication of dengue fever. Only very few cases have been reported in the literature of spontaneous muscle hematomas in DHF. Ammer et al., Ganeshwaran et al. and Ganu et al. reported cases of DHF with muscle hematomas in the psoas, rectus muscle and iliopsoas, respectively. ,,
Spontaneous hematomas have often been described in the thorax, abdominal cavity, retroperitoneum, muscle parenchyma and joints. They are usually associated with an underlying pathology like aneurysms, bleeding diathesis with oral anticoagulant therapy.
The common sites of intramuscular hematomas in the abdomen are the rectus sheath, psoas and iliacus muscles. Psoas hematomas have been reported in cases of disseminated intravascular hematomas,  post continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis,  post-traumatic  and rarely idiopathic. Most often they are unilateral and rarely are bilateral, symmetrical muscle hematoma reported as in this case. 
| Conclusions|| |
Even though hemorrhages in major organs are common in DHF, spontaneous muscle hematomas are rare. Management is conservative with platelet transfusion and resolution occurs with time.
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