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Surgical approach to the treatment of popliteal aneurysm


Seventeen popliteal artery aneurysms were repaired at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital from 1975 to 1987. Fourteen patients were involved, with three having bilateral lesions. All but one were men with an average age of 67 years. Four of the aneurysms (three patients) presented with asymptomatic masses while the others were associated with arterial or venous obstructive symptoms. The aneurysms were repaired and there was no mortality. One patient developed a transient foot-drop. All patients with symptoms caused by their aneurysm were improved or became asymptomatic, postoperatively. We are impressed that the posterior approach to an uncomplicated popliteal artery aneurysm has several advantages over the bypass technique. The distal anastomosis can frequently be kept proximal to the knee joint, and since exposure of the aneurysm is excellent, aneurysmectomy is often possible thus eliminating pressure symptoms as well as the possibility of late rupture.

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Correspondence to Richard A. Lim MD.

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Lim, R.A., Scott, S.A. & McKittrick, J.E. Surgical approach to the treatment of popliteal aneurysm. Annals of Vascular Surgery 3, 1–4 (1989).

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Key words

  • Popliteal artery aneurysms
  • aneurysms