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Vascular Surgery

Popliteal artery aneurysm

10/08/2007

Question:

Would a venous reflux test show a popliteal artery aneurysm? I keep having this sporatic pulsating pain that started at the back of my knee and has since change to the back of my lower thigh. Sometimes after I have one of those pains I get a bruise.

Answer:

This sounds like venous reflux or problems with the valves in the veins. Ultrasound is used to check the valves. If your ultrasound included a look at the vessels behind the knee then the popliteal artery and vein would have been visualized and any abnormalities, including popliteal aneurysms, would have been seen. Best of luck!

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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