La radiologia medica

, Volume 124, Issue 1, pp 79–85 | Cite as

Endovascular repair of popliteal artery aneurysms: an Italian multicenter study

  • Giuseppe GuzzardiEmail author
  • Massimiliano Natrella
  • Bruno Del Sette
  • Maria Petullà
  • Gianluca Fanelli
  • Carla Porta
  • Alessandro Carriero
  • Domenico Laganà



The aim of our study is to assess the effectiveness of popliteal artery aneurysm (PAA) endovascular treatment.

Basic procedures

We retrospectively evaluated 48 high-surgical-risk patients that presented at our three departments with evidence of popliteal artery aneurysms, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, and were therefore treated by deployment of stent graft. Immediate technical success was 100%. No periprocedural complications occurred.

Main findings

During a mean follow-up of 24.5 months (range 6–72), 12/48 occlusions of stent graft occurred, five of which occurred in the first 30 days after the procedure while other seven occurred during long-term follow-up. Primary stent patency rate was 70.8% and secondary stent patency rate was 89.6% at 1 year. No limb amputation was witnessed.


According to our experience, endovascular approach appeared as an effective treatment for popliteal artery aneurysms, as it appeared affected by a low rate of peri- and post-procedural complications. It could be proposed as treatment of choice in patients with high surgical risk.


Popliteal artery aneurysm Endovascular treatment Stent graft 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© Italian Society of Medical Radiology 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Guzzardi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Massimiliano Natrella
    • 2
  • Bruno Del Sette
    • 1
  • Maria Petullà
    • 3
  • Gianluca Fanelli
    • 2
  • Carla Porta
    • 4
  • Alessandro Carriero
    • 1
  • Domenico Laganà
    • 3
  1. 1.SCDU Radiologia Diagnostica ed InterventisticaAzienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Maggiore della Carità”NovaraItaly
  2. 2.SC Radiologia Diagnostica ed InterventisticaOspedale Regionale “U. Parini”AostaItaly
  3. 3.U.O.C. di RadiologiaAzienda Ospedaliera “Mater Domini”CatanzaroItaly
  4. 4.SC Chirurgia VascolareAzienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Maggiore della Carità”NovaraItaly

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