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International Angiology 2006 December;25(4):427-32

language: English

Popliteal venous aneurysm with repeated episodes of pulmonary embolism. Case report and literature review

Akagi D. 1,2, Oshiro H. 1, Yamamoto K. 1, Kimura H. 1, Taniwaka K. 2, Shigematsu H. 1, Nagawa H. 1, Miyata T. 1

1 Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2 Department of Surgery, Kambara Municipal Hospital, Shizuoka, Japan


Popliteal venous aneurysm (PVA) is a rare, but a life-threatening, disease causing pulmonary embolism (PE). We experienced a case of primary PVA with repeated PE attacks without intraluminal thrombus. Surgical repair was safely performed with a temporary vena cava filter and an intraoperative external pneumatic compression device to the calf. During the perioperative period, pneumatic compression was continued until the patient returned to a normal ambulatory status. The patient has had no episode of PE for 24 months since the operation.

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