Persistent sciatic artery

Case contributed by Dr Vinay V Belaval


Vague recurrent lower abdominal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 16 years
Gender: Female

No acute abdominal pathology was identified. 

Visualized portions of bilateral proximal superficial femoral arteries were small in caliber with persistence of internal iliac arteries through greater sciatic notches into the upper bilateral posterior thighs. These features are consistent with bilateral persistent sciatic arteries.

Case Discussion

Persistent sciatic artery is a rare vascular anomaly resulting in persistence of primitive axis artery of the lower limb. It can be unilateral or bilateral. It is prone to early atherosclerotic changes and aneurysm formation. 

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Case information

rID: 63648
Published: 17th Aug 2019
Last edited: 18th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Belcity Scan and Diagnostic Centre

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