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What is Popliteal artery aneurysm?

12:00 - 3 November , 2023


It is a vascular anomaly in the popliteal artery located in the back of the knee, producing a bulge in the weakened arterial wall.

Various causes give rise to a popliteal artery aneurysm, including:

  • Atherosclerosis.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Weakening due to natural wear of the popliteal artery.
  • Weakened arterial wall.

Although popliteal artery aneurysms are not common, they have a higher incidence in men who suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Among the potential risks to develop this condition are:

  • Being an older adult.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Smoking.
  • Stenotic disease.
  • Suffering from other aneurysms in any other part of the body.

Signs and symptoms Popliteal artery aneurysm

  • Pain or cramp in the leg.
  • Sore knee.
  • Pain in the lower part of the lower limb.
  • Swelling at the back of the knee.
  • Painful pulsations in the back of the knee.

Popliteal artery aneurysm complications include:

  • Thrombosis.
  • Aneurysm rupture.
  • Ischemia.

Diagnosis and treatment Popliteal artery aneurysm

After the doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination to look for signs of the condition. They will request various tests to rule out other conditions and corroborate the diagnosis, such as:

  • Ultrasound.
  • Angiography.
  • Computed tomography.
  • MRI.

The treatment to be followed will be established depending on the severity of the symptoms, the size of the aneurysm, and the age of the patient, but generally includes:

  • Observation.
  • Medication.
  • Surgery.

At the Cardiovascular Center, we offer you a wide range of prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and follow-up services to take care of you through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary care model. Come to us, we want to hear your heart.


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