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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2015, Article ID 301949, 5 pages
Case Report

Profunda Femoris Pseudoaneurysm following Total Hip Arthroplasty Revision

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Temple University Hospital, 3401 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA

Received 4 April 2015; Revised 11 July 2015; Accepted 29 July 2015

Academic Editor: Kiyohisa Ogawa

Copyright © 2015 Katharine Harper 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.


Vascular injuries following total hip arthroplasty (THA) are very rare, with pseudoaneurysm being a small subset. We report a case of profunda femoris artery (PFA) pseudoaneurysm in a 61-year-old male following a posterior approach revision left THA. Presentation involved continued blood transfusion requirements several weeks postoperatively. Diagnosis of the pseduoaneurysm was made by contrast CT of the lower extremity, with confirmation via IR angiography. Successful embolization was achieved with selective coiling and Gelfoam. Presenting complaints of such complications are often vague and therefore lead to delayed diagnosis. Causes of such complications are not completely understood, particularly with PFA injuries in THA. Possible mechanisms are discussed in this paper. Vascular complications following THA can be difficult to diagnose. High suspicion in the setting of continued postoperative pain or bleeding may allow prompt diagnosis and avoidance of serious limb-threatening complications.