Summary of cases of adventitial cystic disease of the popliteal artery

Ann Surg. 1979 Feb;189(2):165-75. doi: 10.1097/00000658-197902000-00007.


Adventitial cystic disease of the popliteal artery is explored. The results of correspondence with authors reporting this condition are elaborated upon. This has provided an opportunity to discuss the history of the condition, the findings in 115 cases which have come to the attention of the Correspondence Office dealing with this entity, and the results of treatment. A discussion of the suspected etiology of the condition is presented. The condition remains one of unknown etiology which can be treated by cyst evacuation or aspiration when the popliteal artery is patent and which is best treated by arterial reconstruction when the artery is occluded. The results of such treatment are good but are dependent upon technical excellence of the operative procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / diagnosis
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / etiology
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / surgery*
  • Child
  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Cysts / etiology
  • Cysts / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intermittent Claudication / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Popliteal Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Popliteal Artery / pathology
  • Popliteal Artery / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Saphenous Vein / transplantation