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Case report and literature review of popliteal artery entrapment syndrome

Authors Skeik N, Thomas T, Engstrom B, Alexander J

Received 2 February 2015

Accepted for publication 26 March 2015

Published 6 July 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 221—225


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Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Nedaa Skeik,1 Taylor M Thomas,2 Bjorn I Engstrom,3 Jason Q Alexander4

1Vascular Medicine, Minneapolis Heart Institute, 2Research, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, 3Interventional Radiology, Minneapolis Heart Institute, 4Vascular Surgery, Minneapolis Heart Institute, MN, USA

Abstract: Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES) is an uncommon condition resulting from an abnormal anatomic relationship between the popliteal artery and the surrounding musculature. The compression created by this variance in anatomy can lead to ischemia and vascular claudication. The diagnosis of PAES requires a thorough patient history and physical exam, a high index of suspicion, and dedicated imaging techniques. Several treatment options are available, including surgical intervention, thrombolysis, or a combination of these depending on the clinical indication. We present a case of PAES in a 34-year-old man who presented with typical symptoms illustrative of the complicated decision making related to this disorder.

Keywords: popliteal artery thrombosis, limb ischemia, revascularization

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