Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2016;5(1):47-49. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2015.01039)

Spontaneous rectus sheath hematoma in a patient treated with apixaban.

Aktas H, Inci S, Dogan P, Izgu I


Apixaban, a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants, is a Factor Xa inhibitor that is prescribed for the treatment of non valvular atrial fibrillation. Rectus sheath hematoma is a rare but significant complication of oral anticoagulant treatment. The important causes of rectus sheath hematoma include treatment with anticoagulants, hematologic diseases, trauma, intense physical activity, coughing, sneezing and pregnancy. In this report, we describe case of a 71-year-old woman undergoing apixaban treatment for non valvular atrial fibrillation who presented with spontaneous rectus sheath hematoma.

KEYWORDS: Apixaban, oral anticoagulant, rectus sheath hematoma

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