A rare case of popliteal venous aneurysm

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Objective: Popliteal venous aneurysms are uncommon but potentially fatal abnormalities, since they can cause pulmonary emboli. Here, we report a case of a popliteal venous aneurysm of the right popliteal fossa. Method: In a 32-year-old healthy male complaining of a localised swelling and pain in his right popliteal fossa, duplex ultrasonography and angio-computed tomography revealed a giant popliteal vein aneurysm. The popliteal fossa was surgically explored and aneurysm was resected partially and sutured through posterior approach. Results: Recovery was uneventful and patient still remains asymptomatic. Further duplex ultrasonography follow-ups revealed patency of popliteal vein without thrombotic changes in 1st, 6th, 12th and 15th months. Additionally, no dilatation of the operated vein segment has been observed in the followup ultrasound studies. Conclusion: Surgical repair of popliteal venous aneurysms can be performed safely. Partial aneurysm resection together with lateral venorrhaphy is preferred. Due to pulmonary thrombo-embolic complication risks, we recommend surgery in early stages. © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery.




Fiori, R., Chiappa, R., Gaspari, E., & Simonetti, G. (2010). A rare case of popliteal venous aneurysm. Case Reports in Medicine, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/579256

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