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International Angiology 2005 March;24(1):95-7

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Endoluminal repair of anastomotic false popliteal aneurysm using the Wallgraft endoprosthesis

Giannoukas A. D., Chan P., Gaines P. A.

Sheffield Vascular Institute, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK


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The aim of this study was to present the endoluminal repair of a false anastomotic popliteal aneurysm on a previous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) above knee bypass using a Wallgraft endoprosthesis. A 53-year-old man who underwent a left femoro-popliteal above knee PTFE bypass 13 years before was admitted with a painful pulsatile mass in the above knee area. Nine months previously he developed sudden pain around the knee extending to the foot associated with coldness and numbness after he was handling some fishing gear in a crouching position for about 1 hour, but this episode spontaneously resolved. Duplex scanning and angiography revealed a 3¥2.5 cm false aneurysm, which was successfully treated by deploying a Wallgraft endoprosthesis as the patient declined surgical repair. The graft was detected as being occluded on the 3-month follow-up but no further action was taken because the patient experienced only non-limiting claudication and he refused again surgical treatment. Endoluminal repair of perianastomotic false aneurysms in the popliteal artery with Wallgraft endoprosthesis seems feasible and safe, but until its durability is validated in larger series surgical repair remains the treatment of choice.

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