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Popliteal venous aneurysm: report of two cases and review of the world literature.

Authors
  • Aldridge, S C
  • Comerota, A J
  • Katz, M L
  • Wolk, J H
  • Goldman, B I
  • White, J V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Vascular Surgery
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1993
Volume
18
Issue
4
Pages
708–715
Identifiers
PMID: 8411479
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Two new cases of popliteal venous aneurysm are reported and added to the 22 other cases of popliteal venous aneurysm available for review. Both patients were first seen with acute pulmonary embolism and were treated with thrombolytic therapy followed by anticoagulation. Each had recurrent venous thromboembolism before discovery of the popliteal venous aneurysm. One popliteal venous aneurysm was diagnosed with phlebography and the second with venous duplex imaging, confirmed with phlebography. Both were surgically corrected with tangential aneurysmectomy and lateral venorrhaphy. Twenty-four cases of popliteal venous aneurysm are now available for review. Seventy-one percent (17 of 24) presented with pulmonary embolism, 88% (21 of 24) were saccular, and 96% (23 of 24) were located in the proximal popliteal vein. All but two were diagnosed by ascending phlebography. Three patients received no treatment: in two of these the outcome was not documented and the third had occasional pain. Two patients received anticoagulation without subsequent operative repair and both died of recurrent pulmonary emboli. Operative correction resulted in a 75% patency rate with 21% complications, most of which were related to postoperative anticoagulation. No patient who was operated on had subsequent pulmonary embolism, and there were no operative deaths. We suggest that all patients who have pulmonary embolism have lower-extremity venous duplex imaging. All popliteal venous aneurysms should be surgically repaired, inasmuch as nonoperative therapy results in recurrent thromboembolism and an unacceptably high mortality rate. Tangential aneurysmectomy with lateral venorrhaphy is the recommended procedure.

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