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I have a constant ache behind the knee. Could this be popliteal aneurysm?

I have a constant ache behind the knee. Could this be popliteal aneurysm?

It is possible: A constant ache behind the knee can be due to many things including a popliteal artery aneurysm. Pain behind the knee is most commonly due to orthopedic problems such as a baker's cyst. An ultrasound can easily diagnose a baker's cyst or a popliteal artery aneurysm. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more


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I have tingling sensation behind my left knee. Does this mean I have a popliteal aneurysm?

I have tingling sensation behind my left knee. Does this mean I have a popliteal aneurysm?

Unlikely: Popliteal artery aneurysms are not typically symptomatic (not painful) until they occlude. We don't worry about these rupturing. We worry mainly about these clotting and blocking circulation to the legs. Tingling would not be associated with a popliteal aneurysm. ...Read more

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Might a popliteal aneurysm cause the upper leg to feel like it is pushing into the lower leg with general tightness in the knee and on the sides?

Might a popliteal aneurysm cause the upper leg to feel like it is pushing into the lower leg with general tightness in the knee and on the sides?

Possibly: Popliteal aneurysms are a dangerous condition, as most do not cause symptoms until something catastrophic occurs; typically clots form in the aneurysm & embolize to the lower leg. This leads to emergent surgery & many times even with surgery the leg will be lost to amputation. The best way to diagnose is with ultrasound. Larger ones can be appreciated on leg exam. Sometimes tightness occurs. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be in popliteal aneurysm rehabilitation for two bypass leg?

What does it mean to be in popliteal aneurysm rehabilitation for two bypass leg?

Need more info: Your question does not make sense. There is no rehab for pop aneurysm. Do you mean that you have aneurysm of the bypass at the popliteal artery. If so then that needs to be repaired if greater then 1.8 cm. ...Read more

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What kind of physical rehab would be good for a leg that has had bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

What kind of physical rehab would be good for a leg that has had bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

Use it!: In general, return to regular daily activity is the best rehab for fem-pop bypass patients. Attention to range of motion is important to avoid contracture, and elevation to relieve leg swelling will be very helpful. ...Read more

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What kind of physical rehabilitation would be good for a leg that has had a bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

What kind of physical rehabilitation would be good for a leg that has had a bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

Walking: Many times, supervised physical therapy can be helpful after surgery to build strength and balance and reduce pain. Walking or using a stationary bike can be a great way to start because they are low impact exercises which can really help with reducing swelling and increasing range of motion. ...Read more

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Constant pain and dull ache on outer left calf and behind knee(popliteal area). Also, getting spasm on inner calf while at rest. Rest not helping?

Constant pain and dull ache on outer left calf and behind knee(popliteal area). Also, getting spasm on inner calf while at rest. Rest not helping?

Probably sprain, or: could be something called a Baker's cyst. An ultrasound would help figure that out. Try ice to area 15 min/hr and take ibuprofen and continue to rest. This should help within a week or so if it is a sprain. ...Read more

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What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

CTA and Arteriogram: Ctangiogram, arteriogram and arterial duplex of the popliteal artery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a popliteal aneurysm?

Mass behind the knee: These can be from none to pain when walking or at rest in the lower leg. The most common finding will be a pulsatilla mass behind the knee. ...Read more

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How often should you have your popliteal aneurysm checked?

How often should you have your popliteal aneurysm checked?

Annually: Once a year by ultrasound should be enough. You don't have to be concerned about treatment until it reaches a diameter of around 2cm. We don't worry about rupture. It is the formation of a blood clot and blockage of flow to the foot which is more likely to occur. These can be fixed surgically by replacing the short segment of artery or stenting. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a popliteal aneurysm rupture?

What does it mean to have a popliteal aneurysm rupture?

Not good...see below: An aneurysm is an dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The weakened wall can rupture, and bleeding into the tissues around the knee occurs, causing tremendous pain and swelling. The blood outside the artery can then impinge on flow to the lower leg and foot, causing ischemia. In all, very bad, and one of the reasons to fix aneurysms electively. ...Read more

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How does a popliteal aneurysm affect sleep?

How does a popliteal aneurysm affect sleep?

Two possibilities...: It could be large enough that the person is aware of a pulsing sensation that keeps him awake. Alternatively, if the aneurysm is thrombosed (clotted), there could be compromised blood flow to the foot which causes pain at night because the leg is elevated (the blood flow is so limited that the person needs the benefit of gravity to get blood to the foot). ...Read more

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Can prednisone cause popliteal aneurysm?

No: Prednisone is not likely to cause a popliteal aneurysm. The cause is thought to be an inflammatory process. If you have a popliteal aneurysm >2cm, you should consider treatment to avoid it from clotting off. These do not rupture. More importantly, almost 50% of people with popliteal aneurysms have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ultrasound screening is recommended. ...Read more

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Is stiff back and stiff legs signs of a popliteal aneurysm?

No: Popliteal aneurysms are usually asymptomatic until they become very large (>3 CM in diameter). Symptoms at that stage may be soreness behind the knee, swelling of foot or calf, or numbness/tingling of the foot, along with an easily palpable pulse behind the knee. Popliteal aneurysms are treated once they are >2cm due to the risk of clotting not rupture. ...Read more

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If I have a popliteal aneurysm, will I have other aneurysms in the future?

Possibly: The popliteal artery is the third most common location for a aneurysm. These frequently occur in both legs. Patients who have one aneurysm are more likely to develop others in the aorta and femoral ( groin ) and iliac arteries. These patients are followed closely for early detection. ...Read more

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