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

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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Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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Popliteal Aneurysm (Definition)

Popliteal aneurysm is a swelling of the popliteal artery, which is one of the major arteries of the thigh, running behind the knee. Popliteal aneurysms are a problem because they are prone to rupturing and bleeding, or developing a clot, which then blocks blood flow ...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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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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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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I have a large left popliteal aneurysm. When should I consider surgery?

I have a large left popliteal aneurysm. When should I consider surgery?

Soon: If you have a large aneurysm in the popliteal artery, it is at risk for thrombosing (clogging off) or embolizing (tossing debris), and puts you at risk for losing your leg. Larger aneurysms can also compress local structures and cause blood clots in your vein, or pain from pressure on the nerve. It is also possible for the aneurysm to rupture, but this is more common in aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of an elderly man with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm?

What are the consequences of an elderly man with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm?

A serious problem: Popliteal aneurysms very rarely rupture, but instead they more commonly thrombose. When this occurs small pieces of clot shower downstream into all of the small artery branches below the knee. This is a vascular surgery emergency. Over half of patients who suffer thrombosis of a popliteal artery aneurysm will require amputation, below or often above the knee. ...Read more

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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 a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more