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International Angiology 2010 February;29(1):80-2

language: English

Incomplete transposition of the common femoral artery and vein

Leite J. O., Carvalho Ventura I., Botelho F. E., Costa Galvao W.

Department of Vascular Surgery, Hospital Governador Israel Pinheiro, IPSEMG, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


Anatomical variations of the great saphenous vein, femoral artery and femoral vein at the inguinal level are rare. Modifications in the anatomical relationships among theses vessel can cause technical difficulties. There are two reports in the literature of the complete transposition of the femoral artery and vein. Both patients had large varicose veins only in the limb that presented the variation, which suggested an extrinsic compression. In the present paper, we report a case study of a patient with an incomplete transposition of the femoral artery and vein. Specifically, the common femoral vein and the saphenofemoral junction were completely overlapped by the common femoral artery. Although this anatomical variation did not present any clinical signs, it required a more complex surgical procedure.

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