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Embolisation of a traumatic aneurysm of the posterior circumflex humeral artery in a volleyball player
  1. M Vlychou1,
  2. G Spanomichos1,
  3. A Chatziioannou2,
  4. M Georganas1,
  5. G M Zavras1
  1. 1Department of Interventional Radiology, KAT Hospital, Athens, Greece
  2. 2Department of Interventional Radiology, Areteion Hospital, University of Athens, Athens 11528, Greece
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Vlychou, 43 Chimaras str, 15669 Athens, Greece mvlychou{at}


Repetitive minor vascular injuries caused by physical activity in athletes may lead to ischaemia of the upper extremities. In volleyball players in particular, traumatic aneurysm of the posterior circumflex humeral artery has been reported to be a cause of ischaemia of the arm and hand. Such an aneurysm is described here; it was treated successfully with endovascular embolisation.

  • aneurysm
  • embolisation
  • posterior circumflex humeral artery
  • ischaemia
  • upper extremities
  • volleyball

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