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A popliteal aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel (artery) behind your knee. The bulge occurs in a weak spot in the artery. It may occur in one or both legs. This kind of aneurysm is most common in older men.
Blood clots can form in this type of aneurysm and block blood flow in your leg. A small aneurysm may not need surgery, although your doctor will watch it closely.
Having a popliteal aneurysm means you may also have heart disease. There are many things you can do to improve your heart health. Doing these things may also prevent more damage to your blood vessels.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson MD - Vascular Surgery
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