Fate of excluded popliteal artery aneurysms

James L. Ebaugh, Mark D. Morasch, Jon S. Matsumura, Mark K. Eskandari, Wendy S. Meadows, William H. Pearce, Alexandre d'Audiffret, Bernard Timothy Baxter, Bill Turnipseed, William Flinn

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Objective: Popliteal artery aneurysms (PAA) are frequently treated with ligation and exclusion bypass grafting. It is assumed that these aneurysms will shrink and remain asymptomatic. This may not always be true. We sought to elucidate the fate of excluded PAA over time. Methods: Data for all PAAs treated with ligation and exclusion bypass grafting between 1986 and 1999 were retrospectively reviewed. Computed tomography (CT) scans and duplex ultrasound scans provided aneurysm patency data and maximal transverse diameter measurements of the popliteal artery during late postoperative follow-up. This information was compared with that from similar preoperative studies. Results: Forty-one patients (39 men, 2 women) underwent 57 ligation and exclusion bypass grafting procedures. Both preoperative and late postoperative (mean, 4.0 years; range, 0.43-13.5 years) CT scans or duplex ultrasound scans were available for review of 25 PAAs in 18 patients (ages 42-80 years; mean, 63 years). Preoperative PAA size ranged from 14 to 45 mm (mean, 28.7 mm). In late follow-up, 12 (48%) PAA had decreased in size (mean, 7.3 mm), 5 (20%) remained unchanged, and 8 (32%) increased in mean transverse diameter (mean, 5.9 mm). One large aneurysm increased by 50%. Contrast material enhancement was identified in the excluded sac in 11 aneurysms. Conclusions: PAA treated with ligation and exclusion bypass grafting often expand and can become symptomatic. This may be analogous to type II endoleak or endotension noted after aortic endovascular repair. We recommend PAA excision or endoaneurysmorrhaphy when feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-959
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

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Popliteal Artery
Aneurysm
Ligation
Tomography
Endoleak
Contrast Media

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Ebaugh, J. L., Morasch, M. D., Matsumura, J. S., Eskandari, M. K., Meadows, W. S., Pearce, W. H., ... Flinn, W. (2003). Fate of excluded popliteal artery aneurysms. Journal of vascular surgery, 37(5), 954-959. https://doi.org/10.1067/mva.2003.258

Fate of excluded popliteal artery aneurysms. / Ebaugh, James L.; Morasch, Mark D.; Matsumura, Jon S.; Eskandari, Mark K.; Meadows, Wendy S.; Pearce, William H.; d'Audiffret, Alexandre; Baxter, Bernard Timothy; Turnipseed, Bill; Flinn, William.

In: Journal of vascular surgery, Vol. 37, No. 5, 01.05.2003, p. 954-959.

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Ebaugh, JL, Morasch, MD, Matsumura, JS, Eskandari, MK, Meadows, WS, Pearce, WH, d'Audiffret, A, Baxter, BT, Turnipseed, B & Flinn, W 2003, 'Fate of excluded popliteal artery aneurysms', Journal of vascular surgery, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 954-959. https://doi.org/10.1067/mva.2003.258
Ebaugh JL, Morasch MD, Matsumura JS, Eskandari MK, Meadows WS, Pearce WH et al. Fate of excluded popliteal artery aneurysms. Journal of vascular surgery. 2003 May 1;37(5):954-959. https://doi.org/10.1067/mva.2003.258
Ebaugh, James L. ; Morasch, Mark D. ; Matsumura, Jon S. ; Eskandari, Mark K. ; Meadows, Wendy S. ; Pearce, William H. ; d'Audiffret, Alexandre ; Baxter, Bernard Timothy ; Turnipseed, Bill ; Flinn, William. / Fate of excluded popliteal artery aneurysms. In: Journal of vascular surgery. 2003 ; Vol. 37, No. 5. pp. 954-959.
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