Superficial femoral artery thrombosis as a cause for distal embolism in primary antiphospholipid syndrome

Lannery S. Lauvao, Kaoru R. Goshima, Luis R. Leon, Paul E. Nolan, John D Hughes

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Antiphospholipid syndrome is a diagnosis with the clinical manifestations of thromboses in the presence of an antiphospholipid antibody. A 25-year-old man with a history of deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, and myocardial infarction, and receiving long-term anticoagulation with warfarin, all due to primary antiphospholipid syndrome, presented with blue toe syndrome from a primary superficial femoral artery thrombus. He was anticoagulated with fondaparinux in addition to dipyridamole and aspirin perioperatively. The area of thrombus was resected and reconstructed using a cephalic vein interposition graft. This report reviews antiphospholipid syndrome and identifies potential questions and problems relating to a rare clinical presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-477
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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