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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1999 October;40(5):695-8

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Popliteal ­venous aneu­rysms. Report of a ­case and ­review of the lit­er­a­ture

Heymans O., Choghari Ch., Lemaitre J., Van Dueren E.

From the Department of Cardio-Vascular Surgery Civilian Hopital of Jumet, Liège, Belgium


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Venous aneu­rysms are uncom­mon in the vas­cu­lar pathol­o­gy of the low­er ­limb. They are ­more com­mon­ly encoun­tered in the ­neck, tho­rac­ic ­veins and vis­cer­al ­veins. Involvement of the pop­li­teal ­veins is not ­often encoun­tered. These aneu­rysms ­often ­cause throm­bo­sis and sub­se­quent­ly pul­mo­nary embo­lism. Phlebogra­phy and ­duplex scan­ning ­give the ­most accu­rate diag­no­sis. As the ­risk of asso­ciat­ed pul­mo­nary embo­lism is ­high, elec­tive sur­gery is rec­om­mend­ed ­since it has ­been prov­en ­that prop­er anti­co­ag­u­la­tion treat­ment ­does not pre­vent the ­risk of pul­mo­nary embo­lism.

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