Popliteal artery injury associated with blunt trauma to the knee without fracture or dislocation

West J Emerg Med. 2014 Mar;15(2):145-8. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2013.12.18223.


Popliteal artery injuries are frequently seen with fractures, dislocations, or penetrating injuries. Concern about arterial injury and early recognition of the possibility of arterial injury is crucial for the salvage of the extremity. This article provides an outline of the diagnostic challenges related to these rare vascular injuries and emphasizes the necessity for a high level of suspicion, even in the absence of a significant penetrating injury, knee dislocation, fracture, or high-velocity trauma mechanism. The importance of a detailed vascular examination of a blunt trauma patient is emphasized.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / complications*
  • Male
  • Popliteal Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Popliteal Artery / injuries*
  • Popliteal Artery / surgery
  • Radiography
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*