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Rupture of the profunda femoris artery in a patient with alcoholic liver disease: a case report

Philippa Orchard1, Benjamin HL Tan12* and Kumar Abayasekara1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Vascular Surgery, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby DE22 3NE, UK

2 Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013, 7:95  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-7-95

Published: 5 April 2013



Profunda femoris artery aneurysms are rare and often present with rupture. However, to the best of our knowledge, rupture of a non-aneurismal profunda femoris artery has never been reported before.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 31-year-old Caucasian man with alcoholic liver disease who presented with rupture of the profunda femoris artery following blunt trauma which was treated by endovascular embolization.


Coagulopathy secondary to alcoholic liver disease is a major contributory factor and a high index of suspicion of vascular injury must be attached to such patients following blunt trauma. Although there have no previous documented cases, treatment by endovascular embolization appears to be effective and safe.