Embolism of the popliteal artery after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a case report and literature review

Rob P.A. Janssen, Harm A.G.M. Sala

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Abstract

Arterial complications after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) are rare. We present a case report of a 44-year-old male patient with a subtotal occlusion of the popliteal artery, with sensory loss in the foot, 17 days after ACLR. Embolectomy and anticoagulant therapy led to full recovery of the peripheral arterial circulation. The sensory loss of the foot also fully recovered. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of an embolus of the popliteal artery after ACLR without relation to graft fixation. A literature review on vascular complications after ACLR is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1449-1451
Number of pages3
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Volume15
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament/surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Anticoagulants/therapeutic use
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases/diagnosis
  • Embolectomy
  • Embolism/diagnosis
  • Foot
  • Heparin/therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Hypesthesia/etiology
  • Male
  • Popliteal Artery/diagnostic imaging
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Radiography

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