Popliteal vascular entrapment syndrome caused by a rare anomalous slip of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle

Patrick T. Liu, Adrian C. Moyer, Eric A. Huettl, Richard J. Fowl, William M. Stone

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Popliteal vascular entrapment syndrome can result in calf claudication, aneurysm formation, distal arterial emboli, or popliteal vessel thrombosis. The most commonly reported causes of this syndrome have been anomalies of the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle as it relates to the course of the popliteal artery. We report two cases of rare anomalous slips of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle causing popliteal vascular entrapment syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005



  • CT scan
  • Lateral gastrocnemius
  • MR imaging
  • Popliteal vascular entrapment
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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