n South African Journal of Surgery - Popliteal vein aneurysm : case report

Volume 48, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Infra-inguinal venous aneurysms are uncommon and isolated popliteal vein aneurysms are particularly rare, with less than 100 cases reported in the literature. While the overall incidence is unknown, the male/female ratio is equal and the majority of cases occur in patients aged over 50 years. Most patients are asymptomatic, but the condition can present as an unusual source of fatal pulmonary embolism. Other symptomatic presentations include swelling in the popliteal fossa, local pain and the post-phlebitic syndrome. We present a case of an asymptomatic popliteal vein aneurysm detected on routine investigation of varicose veins.

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