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Near-fatal spontaneous hepatic rupture associated with anabolic androgenic steroid use: a case report
  1. J J Patil1,
  2. B O’Donohoe2,
  3. C F Loyden2,
  4. D Shanahan3
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia, West Wales General Hospital, Glangwili, Carmarthen, UK
  3. 3Department of Surgery, West Wales General Hospital, Glangwili, Carmarthen, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 J J Patil
 Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport NP20 4EZ, UK; docjapes{at}


Anabolic androgenic steroids are commonly used at high doses by bodybuilders and athletes to enhance physique and improve performance levels. We report a case of spontaneous hepatic rupture with life-threatening haemorrhage associated with a past history of anabolic steroid use.

  • AAS, anabolic androgenic steroids

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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  • Published Online First 15 January 2007