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International Angiology 1999 March;18(1):74-6

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Popliteal venous aneurysm mimicking a soft tissue tumour. A case report

Lindholt J. S., Henneberg E. W., Juul S., Fasting H.

From the Department of Surgery, Vascular Surgery Unit and * Department of Orthopaedics, Medical School of Patras, Greece


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A case of a giant, throm­bosed pop­li­teal ­venous aneu­rysm with­out pul­mo­nary embo­lism in a 53-year-old woman is report­ed. Despite ­thorough pre­op­er­a­tive inves­ti­ga­tion includ­ing ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, this was mis­di­ag­nosed as a ­benign soft tis­sue ­tumour. During the oper­a­tion the throm­bosed ­venous aneu­rysm was resect­ed and a vein graft from the con­tra­lat­er­al saph­e­nous vein was inter­posed. Popliteal ­venous aneu­rysm is a rare ­entity, pre­sent­ing occa­sion­al­ly with local signs and symp­toms and more often with pul­mo­nary embo­lism. The cli­ni­cian ­should there­fore keep this in mind when­ev­er deal­ing with a large, soft tis­sue pop­li­teal fossa mass or look­ing for the cause of recur­rent pul­mo­nary embo­lism.

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