Iatrogenic Pseudoaneurysm After Continuous Adductor Canal Block

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Abstract

No major complications have been associated with the ultrasound-guided continuous adductor canal block (cACB). We present a case of iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm in a branch of the superficial femoral artery in a 44-year-old patient after a cACB for knee surgery. Both anesthesia and surgery were completed uneventfully. The postoperative day 3 examination showed a complete quadricep impairment and a large hematoma in a medial-anterior part of the thigh, and laboratory tests reported hemoglobin = 7.2 g dL−1. The computed tomography scan revealed the pseudoaneurysm (16 × 16 × 18 mm) that was successfully embolized after selective catheterization. The patient was discharged regularly on postoperative day 12.

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