Endovascular repair of an acute blunt popliteal artery injury

John D. Hutto, Amy B. Reed

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Blunt popliteal arterial injury is uncommon and is usually associated with surrounding soft tissue and orthopedic injuries, which may complicate traditional open operative repair. We present the successful management of a blunt popliteal artery injury through an endovascular approach, where we imaged the lesion, extracted the thrombus, protected against distal embolization, and performed a balloon angioplasty to the intimal lesion. Our approach is the first documented in the literature in which endovascular repair of a blunt popliteal artery injury was performed successfully in an acutely ischemic extremity. Using a filter wire is a novel way to prevent distal embolization during manipulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-190
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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