Br J Sports Med 41:688-690 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2007.036087
  • Short report

Rectus sheath haematoma: a rare presentation of non-contact strenuous exercises

  1. Hemant Sharma2,
  2. Narayan Singh Shekhawat1,
  3. Sudhir Bhandari1,
  4. Breda Memon2,
  5. Muhammed Ashraf Memon2
  1. 1
    Department of Surgery, Sawai Mansingh Medical College, Jaipur, India
  2. 2
    Department of Surgery, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, Merseyside, UK
  1. Dr M A Memon, Astley House, Whitehall Road, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 2LH, UK; mmemon{at}
  • Accepted 19 April 2007
  • Published Online First 11 May 2007


Rectus sheath haematoma (RSH) is a well-documented but uncommon clinical condition. It is usually a self-limiting condition but can present as a life-threatening emergency. RSH after non-contact vigorous exercise is unknown. Two such cases secondary to yoga and laughter therapy sessions, respectively, are reported. One of them required surgical intervention, whereas the other was successfully treated conservatively.


  • Conflict of interest: None declared.

  • Informed consent was obtained for publication.

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