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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 December;42(6):817-9
Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome. Reconstruction of the transected medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle
Akimaro Kudo F., Nishibe T., Yasuda K. *, Oka J., Miyazaki K., Flores J., Murashita T., Yasuda K.
From the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
*Department of Advanced Surgery Section of Medical Bioengineering and Sports Medicine Hokkaido University School of Medicine, Hokkaido, Japan
Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES) is an uncommon cause of arterial insufficiency, especially in younger, athletic patients. Surgical treatment should be performed in all cases of PAES whether the artery is occluded or not. Although transection of the compressing muscle or fascial band is required to obtain good results, controversy exists about reconstruction of the transected muscle or fascial band. We present a case of a young athlete with PAES for whom rapid recovery of the athletic activity was provided by reconstruction of the divided medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle.