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What is the best treatment for an aneurysm behind the knee?

What is the best treatment for an aneurysm behind the knee?

Popliteal aneurysm: Popliteal artery aneurysms are best treated with either surgical bypass or (rarely) stents...See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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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My dad is 67. He has been told that he has an aneurysm in his knee. Is that common in older people?

My dad is 67. He has been told that he has an aneurysm in his knee. Is that common in older people?

Not uncommon: He has popliteal artery aneurysm. Please see vascular surgeon to see if treatment needed now or if it can be followed. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with an aneurysm behind the knee. The dr. Said it is 2.3cm - 2.4cm. Can it cause pain in the front like arthritis?

I've been diagnosed with an aneurysm behind the knee. The dr. Said it is 2.3cm - 2.4cm. Can it cause pain in the front like arthritis?

Not usual: Many popliteal aneurysms have no symptoms until they clot.
The bulge, pulsation, or some posterior knee discomfort is more likely.
These are common on both sides and can have other related aneurysms that need to be checked (abdominal aorta scan).
One can have arthritis and an aneurysm. ...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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How are fascial hernias differentiated from venous aneurysm below the knee?

How are fascial hernias differentiated from venous aneurysm below the knee?

Fascial hernias: A venous aneurysm refers to a weakening in the wall of a vein and a fascial hernia is a weakening of the fascia of the leg so that muscle can push through. ...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?

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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My mo 49yrs, had endovascular coiling for intracranial anuerysm of carotid artery a week ago. Now coin size purple clots behind knees of both legs.??

My mo 49yrs, had endovascular coiling for intracranial anuerysm of carotid artery a week ago. Now coin size purple clots behind knees of both legs.??

Call the doctor: Best to call the doctor that performed the procedure right away. If unavailable, call your primary care. If still unavailable, may need to go to the emergency room, especially if there is swelling in the legs. May be nothing, but complications are always possible. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My grandpa had two leg aneurysms at age 75. Is this common at this age or connective tissue problem? I have eds3 and trying to figure out origin

My grandpa had two leg aneurysms at age 75. Is this common at this age or connective tissue problem? I have eds3 and trying to figure out origin

Age and vascular: Vascular EDS (EDS IV) is potentially life-threatening, and differs from the classic and hypermobility EDS III. Arterial rupture may involve the iliac (pelvis, not legs), splenic, or renal arteries; or the aorta. Median life span is 48 years old. It is unlikely that your grandpa's leg aneurysms were due to EDS. ...Read more

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Have ehlers danlos3 trying to determine which side of family it came from. Grandpa had 2 leg aneurysms at age 75. No other family hist. Probably him?

Have ehlers danlos3 trying to determine which side of family it came from. Grandpa had 2 leg aneurysms at age 75. No other family hist. Probably him?

Difficult to know: Many illnesses were not diagnosed 2-3 generations ago, making it very difficult to find a family history. If your grandpa's history of aneurysm is the only thing you can find, then it may be related, but there is really no way to know for sure. ...Read more

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Pain for 6rs. After rectiycle. The Dr. Used mesh. My pain is debilitating. Location: front part of crease of L-leg and rotates across to the other side when the pain is at its worse. After the 1st surgery I also developed 2-popliteal aneurysms.

Pain for 6rs. After rectiycle. The Dr. Used mesh. My pain is debilitating. Location: front part of crease of L-leg and rotates across to the other side when the pain is at its worse. After the 1st surgery I also developed 2-popliteal aneurysms.

Ilohypogastric nerve: Where was the incision for this surgery? Was it in the groin area? The abdominal wall towards the sides of the abdomen (just above the thighs) have a iliohypogastric nerve which could have been damaged or "clipped" during the surgery. Do you have a follow-up w/ the surgeon? Call their office, relay your symptoms, & keep that appt as soon as possible. Best of luck, thanks for asking HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can aneurysm pain spread to lower left abdomen and leg?

Can aneurysm pain spread to lower left abdomen and leg?

Depends...: Would depend on where the aneurysm is - proximity to the plexus of nerves that travels down towards the left leg from the spinal cord. If the aneurysm overlies this nerve plexus within the abdomen, it could theoretically produce the symptom you describe. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as peripheral varicose aneurysm, and if there is, what would be the symptoms other than seeing it stick out of the leg?

Is there such a thing as peripheral varicose aneurysm, and if there is, what would be the symptoms other than seeing it stick out of the leg?

Venous aneurysms: An aneurysm is a localized swelling of a blood vessel usually twice the size of the normal vessel. They are more common in arteries but do occur in veins. Most venous aneurysms occur from the knee down. Symptoms include swelling, pressure and pain. Venous aneurysms are prone to clot because of the swirling of blood within it. Treatments include laser, sclerotherapy and removal. See a vein doc. ...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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Burst aneurysm in grandpa's leg at age 75. Dr just found aortic aneurysm at 87. Is this common at these ages or suggestive of ehlers danlos?

Burst aneurysm in grandpa's leg at age 75. Dr just found aortic aneurysm at 87. Is this common at these ages or suggestive of ehlers danlos?

Common with HTN: Rare to see Ehlers-Danlos in that age range especially vascular type. Much more likely related to more common risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, elevated cholesterol etc. ...Read more

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Does having very pronounced vericous veins in my left but not my right leg give any indication why I have 3 brain aneurysms? I still don't know why

Does having very pronounced vericous veins in my left but not my right leg give any indication why I have 3 brain aneurysms? I still don't know why

No separate things: Vv in left leg arises from incompetent great saphenous vein or incompetent perforator vein. Brains aneurysms are on the arterial side of circulation. ...Read more

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Can abdominal aortic aneurysm cause unilateral leg swelling?

Can abdominal aortic aneurysm cause unilateral leg swelling?

Rare: In general this is really a common associated symptom, as aortic aneurysm often don't have any symptoms. If they do, the symptoms tend to be abdominal and/or back pain or nerve pain radiating into the legs. In rare cases when the aneurysm extends to the iliac artery, this can compress on of the major "leg vein" (external iliac vein" which can lead to unilateral leg swelling. ...Read more

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I got an aneurysm coiling done. I started getting headaches, zig zag visual disturbances and then left arm/leg spasms, four days later. My CT scan and blood tests are normal. The doctor has ruled out stroke/infection. What should I do?

I got an aneurysm coiling done. I started getting headaches, zig zag visual disturbances and then left arm/leg spasms, four days later. My CT scan and blood tests are normal. The doctor has ruled out stroke/infection. What should I do?

Emergency..: This is one where the line "if this is a medical emergency. " applies - you need to be seen by the physician who performed the coiling and you will need to be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is it okay that my leg with popliteal aneurism does not like the strain of rehab?

Yes: If it hurts stop!
if you tire - rest
depending on the size, symptoms, and changes, and one, s general risk intervention/surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Two protruding dots on anterior lower leg. They stick out more when flexing leg. Is this common of varicose veins, aneurism, or myofascial hernia?

Two protruding dots on anterior lower leg. They stick out more when flexing leg. Is this common of varicose veins, aneurism, or myofascial hernia?

All possible: All of what you mentioned is possible, along with skin lesions, or more likely cysts under the skin. Best to have them examined by our primary care provider at their next available visit. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if your knee clicks, should you be concerned about it?

I'm just wondering, if your knee clicks, should you be concerned about it?

Only if it hurts: It is quite common for joints to click but if there is no pain there is no need for any treatment. ...Read more

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Knee pain too much and I m also pregent?

Knee pain too much and I m also pregent?

Muscles, not joint: Janet g. Travell, md the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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I'm asking about knee stiffness and pain?

I'm asking about knee stiffness and pain?

Knee pain: Stiffness is a hallmark of arthritis, as is pain. Limited range of motion can be caused by arthritis, meniscal or ligament tears, loose bodies, muscle and soft tissue tightness, etc. ...Read more

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My left knee always buckles up and I'm in pain i?

My left knee always buckles up and I'm in pain i?

Probable ACL tear: The acl is an important stabilizer of the knee. It prevents forward translation of the tibia bone. If torn, it may result in knee instability (buckling). Depending on age and athletic activity of patient it may need to be surgically reconstructed. Surgery is technically demanding and is usually performed by sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons. ...Read more

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I'm only 20 yrs old should I have knee pains now??

I'm only 20 yrs old should I have knee pains now??

Not ideally: THus it is best that you see a sports medicine doctor for a thorough evaluation. Ultimately a short course of Physical therapy should do the trick, strengthen your quads. However, the work up is to see what the cause might be as the list is longer than might seem obvious at first including patellar tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome, arthritis such as chondromalacia to name a few. KEep us posted ...Read more