Pseudoaneurysm of the Distal Thigh After Manipulation of a Total Knee Arthroplasty

Chris Sambaziotis, Mickey Plymale, Andrew Lovy, Kevin O'Halloran, Kenneth McCulloch, David S. Geller

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The authors describe a unique complication after manipulation of a stiff total knee arthroplasty in a 47-year-old man. Four days after undergoing manipulation under anesthesia (MUA), the patient presented with increasing pain and swelling of the affected knee and decreased hemoglobin/hematocrit. Computed tomographic angiogram revealed a ruptured pseudoaneurysm of a segmental branch of the deep femoral artery that was treated with embolization and anterior thigh compartment fasciotomy. Although many complications of MUA have been described, we present a novel finding of a ruptured pseudoaneurysm. Ruptured pseudoaneurysm should be included in the differential diagnosis whenever a patient presents with pain and swelling of the thigh after MUA given its potential morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1414.e5-1414.e7
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Knee
  • Manipulation under anesthesia
  • Pseudoaneurysm
  • Stiffness
  • Total knee arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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