Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon

Presentation

Sportsman who presented with symptoms of acute left leg ischaemia on a background of intermittent claudication.

Patient Data

Age: 17
Gender: Male

Thrombotic occlusion of the left popliteal artery due to popliteal artery entrapment syndrome 

Case Discussion

MR angiogram images demonstrate a 15cm segment occlusion of the left popliteal artery. A predisposing anatomical anomaly is seen with the popliteal artery located medial to the medial head of gastrocnemius (MHG) and separate to the popliteal vein.  

Findings are consistent with thrombotic occlusion of the left popliteal artery due to popliteal artery entrapment syndrome.  The occlusion is unilateral however the anatomic anomaly is bilateral, which is often the case.    

With thanks to Dr Anthony Kam, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. 

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Case information

rID: 9411
Case created: 15th Apr 2010
Last edited: 24th Apr 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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