Popliteal Artery Entrapment within a Tibial Plateau Fracture: A Case Report

JBJS Case Connect. 2021 Oct 6;11(4). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.21.00262.


Case: Tibial plateau fractures can be associated with arterial injuries or dysvascular limbs, particularly in settings of trauma. Dysvascular limb in the setting of fracture is commonly due to dissection of the artery. Entrapment of the artery within the fracture is rare. We report a 48-year-old man who presented with left popliteal entrapment within a left tibial plateau fracture status-post external fixation and stent placement in the popliteal artery.

Conclusion: Findings from this case highlight entrapment of an artery as a mechanism of a dysvascular limb in the setting of high-energy lower-extremity fractures and specifically for tibial plateau fractures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Fracture Fixation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Popliteal Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Popliteal Artery / injuries
  • Popliteal Artery / surgery
  • Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tibial Fractures* / complications
  • Tibial Fractures* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Fractures* / surgery