Ruptured popliteal artery aneurysm.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Popliteal artery aneurysms rarely rupture. We treated a 91-year-old man who presented with a deep venous thrombosis and anemia; rupture of a popliteal artery aneurysm was suspected only after compartment syndrome isolated to the thigh developed as the result of bleeding. Although fasciotomy was required on the basis of the clinical examination alone, the cause of the problem, operative strategy, and definitive treatment (i.e., resection and bypass) were clarified by the preoperative computed tomography scan. Ruptured popliteal aneurysm can manifest as a massively swollen leg with anemia and should be suspected if no other cause is evident.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Illig, KA; Eagleton, MJ; Shortell, CK; Ouriel, K; DeWeese, JA; Green, RM

Published Date

  • April 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 783 - 787

PubMed ID

  • 9576100

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0741-5214

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0741-5214(98)70251-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States