Popliteal vein aneurysm presenting as recurrent pulmonary embolism

Popliteal vein aneurysm presenting as recurrent pulmonary embolism

Joel Lim, Martin Marshall

Abstract


Although rare, popliteal vein aneurysms can lead to pulmonary emboli, which can be fatal. We present a case of a popliteal vein aneurysm in a 39-year-old female who presented with her third episode of pulmonary embolism despite being on anticoagulants. Computed Tomography Venogram demonstrated a large Popliteal Vein Aneurysm measuring 71 x 36 x 77 mm which was surgically repaired. According to the current literature, anticoagulation is insufficient therefore early surgical intervention is recommended as it is safe and effective.

Keywords


Popliteal; vein; aneurysm; pulmonary; embolism



DOI: https://doi.org/10.3941/jrcr.v9i4.2509