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Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome: report of two cases

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Published in Vascular. 2012, vol. 20, no. 6, p. 314-7
Abstract Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome accounts for an important part of correctible causes of claudication and limb ischemia in young people. It is caused by an abnormal relation between the popliteal artery (PA) and the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle. The diagnosis should be considered in any patient under 50 with calf claudication. The mainstay of treatment is prevention of PA fibrosis because if left untreated, the syndrome leads to irreversible damage to the PA with thrombosis and limb ischemia. We describe two cases of different types in 21- and 27-year-old males, respectively, and we review the literature about the presentation, diagnosis, classification and management of this entity.
Keywords AdultArterial Occlusive Diseases/diagnosis/etiology/surgeryConstriction, PathologicHumansIntermittent Claudication/etiologyIschemia/etiologyMagnetic Resonance AngiographyMaleMuscle, Skeletal/abnormalities/surgeryPopliteal Artery/radiography/surgeryPredictive Value of TestsSaphenous Vein/transplantationSyndromeThromboembolism/etiologyTomography, X-Ray ComputedTreatment OutcomeYoung Adult
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GEMAYEL, Gino et al. Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome: report of two cases. In: Vascular, 2012, vol. 20, n° 6, p. 314-7. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:29899

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