Pune doctors save 16-year-old with popliteal artery aneurysm

Though being operated successfully, a 16-year-old would not be able to play his favorite games in his life again. Amit (name changed), was suffering from a severe and rare case of aneurysm. A blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel that went through his right leg had stopped the flow of blood to his leg. Doctors removed around one liter of blood clot from his leg. Though surgery helped him save his leg, but it could not save his love for sports

Pune doctors save 16-year-old with popliteal artery aneurysm

On Friday, a 16-year-old sports lover underwent a life-saving surgery in Pune. Though doctors successfully saved his life and leg, he would not be able to play his favorite games in his life again.

Amit (name changed), was suffering from a severe and rare case of aneurysm. Doctors had removed around one liter of blood clot from his leg. Though surgery helped him save his leg, but it could not save his love for sports.

A blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel that went through his right leg had stopped the flow of blood to his leg. This condition in medical terminology is known as popliteal artery aneurysm.

Amit had complained about pain in leg and underwent treatment of an orthopedic doctor. “We consulted an orthopedic doctor in the city, but he could not diagnose the cause of the pain. We have been taking the treatment at different doctors for almost one and half year, but no one could diagnose what it is,” said Amit’s father.

Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon from Pune, who led the team which operated on him, said, “Had there been any delay in operation, it would have been a risky affair for him. He might have had developed gangrene and might have had to lose his leg. Also, had even a football hit his leg, the clot would have busted and he would have died on the spot.”

He informed that the clot was as huge as 15 cm and around one liter of blood clot was removed from his leg. Doctors say that occurrence of such case is rare. “Considering Amit’s age and the size of the clot, this aneurysm makes it the rare case. Aneurysm is mostly seen in older patients’. Aneurysm of heart and abdomen is more common,” added Jadhav.

Dr Anvay Mulay, a cardiac surgeon from Mumbai, said, “Aortic aneurysm is more common type of aneurysm. Popliteal artery aneurysm is not very common and it being developed in a 16-year-old is even rare.”

Meanwhile, post-surgery, Amit has been able to walk now. But the doctors say that he would not be able to pursue sports. “He can carry out his routine activity on his own, but he cannot play heavy sports,” said Jadhav.