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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0220102743.
Published online 2010 July 22. doi:  10.1136/bcr.02.2010.2743
PMCID: PMC3028159
Reminder of important clinical lesson

The pitfalls of protocols – a case of postpartum splenic artery aneurysm rupture


The authors present a case of splenic artery aneurysm rupture, which neatly illustrates some of the problems of modern medical practice and the potential detriment of blind adherence to protocol driven care, without adequate reflection on the whole clinical picture and possible alternative diagnoses.

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