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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178-180

Pseudoaneurysm of the anterior tibial artery: A rare complication of proximal tibial steinman pin insertion

Department of Orthopedics, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi-110002, India

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Anil Dhal
G-41, Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.77140

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An anterior tibial artery pseudoaneurysm is a rare and unexpected complication of Steinmann pin insertion. We describe the case of an 18-year-old boy, who sustained such an injury to the anterior tibial artery during this procedure. Diagnosis was confirmed on a magnetic resonance (MR) angiogram. Aneurysmal sac excision with lateral repair of the vessel wall was performed. Postoperatively, a good flow was documented on a follow-up MR angiogram. This case highlights a major and unexpected complication of a so-called minor procedure. Too posterior a pin placement in the proximal tibia should be avoided to prevent such injuries.

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