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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}


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.

  • exercise
  • rectus sheath haematoma
  • yoga
  • laughter therapy

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