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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 234351, 2 pages
Case Report

Posttraumatic Pedal Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Case Report

1Burns Surgery Unit, Hospital Asistencia Publica, Santiago, Chile
2Avenida Presidente Kennedy 5334, Apartament 51, Vitacura, 7630586 Santiago, Chile
3Surgery Department, Hospital del Trabajador, Santiago, Chile

Received 25 November 2011; Accepted 17 January 2012

Academic Editor: R. A. Bishara

Copyright © 2012 Cristián Arriagada Irarrazaval et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pseudoaneurysm of the pedal artery is usually caused by traumatic or iatrogenic events. Diagnosis is suspected by palpation of a pulsatile mass and detection of an associated systolic bruit. Confirmation is made by Doppler US. Angiography can demonstrate the presence of collateral circulation and assure distal vascular flow. We present the case of a 49-year-old man who presents 3 months after a traumatic contusion of his left foot with a pulsatile mass. A color Doppler ultrasound confirms a pseudoaneurysm of the pedal artery. The patient underwent surgical resection of the mass and suture ligation of the artery with full recovery and no ischemic complications.