GERSHON B. SILVER, M.D.; JACOB W. KAHN, M.D.
Although aneurysms of the popliteal artery are not too frequently seen, this vessel is the most common site for peripheral aneurysm formation. The chief cause of aneurysm of the vessels of the lower extremity is arteriosclerosis; Allen, Barker and Hines,1 in their textbook, state that this is indeed almost the only cause in individuals over 60. They also note less common causes, such as mycotic arteritis, necrotizing arteritis and trauma. They state that syphilis as a cause of aneurysm in the lower extremity is rare.
The segment of the popliteal artery which is at the level of the femoral condyles
SILVER GB, KAHN JW. POPLITEAL ANEURYSM DUE TO SYPHILIS: REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:888–896. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-3-888
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(3):888-896.
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