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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 595120, 3 pages
Case Report

Superficial Palmar Arch Aneurysm after Carpal Tunnel Decompression, a Rare Complication: A Case Report

Belfast City Hospital, Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7AB, UK

Received 23 September 2010; Accepted 24 January 2011

Academic Editor: W. Roy Smythe

Copyright © 2011 S. Gull 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.


False aneurysms of the palmar arteries are rare. They are usually associated with traumatic injuries to the hand vasculature. We present a case of superficial palmar arch aneurysm (SPAA), complicating carpal tunnel decompression which presented as a pulsatile mass at the site of previous surgery. Initial diagnosis was made on clinical examination and confirmed on doppler ultrasound (US) and computed tomographic angiography (CTA). The feeding vessel of the aneurysm was subsequently occluded using coil embolization.