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.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament/surgery
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
- Anticoagulants/therapeutic use
- Arterial Occlusive Diseases/diagnosis
- Heparin/therapeutic use
- Popliteal Artery/diagnostic imaging
- Postoperative Complications