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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 242167, 3 pages
Case Report

Deep Venous Reflux Associated with a Dilated Popliteal Fossa Vein Reversed with Endovenous Laser Ablation and Sclerotherapy

Department of Vascular Surgery, University of California Davis School of Medicine, 4860 Y Street, STE 3400, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA

Received 30 July 2013; Accepted 4 September 2013

Academic Editors: R. Dammers, E. Z. Kapsalaki, and D. Tsetis

Copyright © 2013 Daniel P. Link 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.


Objective. To report an incidence of reflux in the deep venous system reversed by ablation of a popliteal fossa vein (PFV). Method. A 40-year-old man with pain and swelling in the medial upper calf was found to have an incompetent PFV. Results. Reflux in the femoral and popliteal veins was reversed utilizing endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy, documented on Duplex studies before and after the intervention. There was also resolution of symptoms. Conclusion. A PFV can be associated with deep venous reflux. Correction of this reflux with ablation of the PFV suggests that his type of reflux is secondary to volume effects of the incompetent popliteal vein.