Adventitial cystic disease of the popliteal artery

Case contributed by Petralli Carlo Lucius E
Diagnosis probable


Recent intermittent claudication (walking distance 250 m) of the left calf.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

The popliteal artery is expanded and is of high T2 signal. The lumen is compressed by cystic regions. The features are consistent with adventitial cystic disease of the popliteal artery. 

Case Discussion

Cystic adventitial disease is an uncommon vascular disease affecting peripheral arteries of middle-aged individuals with very high male predilection. It most commonly affects the popliteal artery.

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