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Is stiff back and stiff legs signs of a popliteal aneurysm?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
I would agree that the back stiffness is not a typical sign of a popliteal aneurysm. The leg stiffness can be - particularly with pain and swelling behind the knee. These need attention sooner rather than later - they can be quite dangerous. One of the worst dangers is that you can throw a clot and lose a leg.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Get evaluated
If popliteal aneurysm is ruled out, look for other causes of stiff back and legs.
You may need to drink more water. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can help a lot as can exercises like tai chi. Find a good practitioner in your area and look into it.

In brief: Get evaluated
If popliteal aneurysm is ruled out, look for other causes of stiff back and legs.
You may need to drink more water. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can help a lot as can exercises like tai chi. Find a good practitioner in your area and look into it.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
In brief: No
Popliteal aneurysms most likely are asymptomatic.
They get discovered if the pulse t the bak of the knee is too strong or there is turbulent flow or a bruit preset or if there is sudden gangrene or coldness in one or several toes. A simple ultrasound with doppler may diagnose it. Other times it is found in the arterigrams while evaluating the circulation of the legs, goin & abdomen.

In brief: No
Popliteal aneurysms most likely are asymptomatic.
They get discovered if the pulse t the bak of the knee is too strong or there is turbulent flow or a bruit preset or if there is sudden gangrene or coldness in one or several toes. A simple ultrasound with doppler may diagnose it. Other times it is found in the arterigrams while evaluating the circulation of the legs, goin & abdomen.
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