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

Jason R. Coffman, David C. Moffatt, Mark A. Foreman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere21.00262
JournalJBJS Case Connector
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 6 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • open fracture reduction
  • popliteal artery entrapment
  • tibial fractures
  • trauma
  • vascular surgical procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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