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Circumflex femoral vein thrombosis misinterpreted as acute hamstring strain
  1. Stergios G Papastergiou1,
  2. Nikolaos E Koukoulias1,
  3. Ioannis Tsitouridis2,
  4. Constantinos Natsis3,
  5. Constantinos A Parisis1
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries Unit, “Agios Pavlos” General Hospital of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
  3. 3Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr N Koukoulias
 161 Ethnikis Antistasis Street, 55134 Thessaloniki, Greece; nikouk{at}


The case of a 24-year-old female professional, long-distance runner who presented with acute proximal posterior thigh pain is reported. History and clinical findings were consistent with acute hamstring strain but MRI demonstrated circumflex femoral vein thrombosis. This is the first case of proximal posterior thigh pain caused by circumflex femoral vein thrombosis reported in the literature. Doctors dealing with sports injuries should be aware of this clinical entity that mimics hamstring strain.

  • DVT, deep venous thrombosis

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Published Online First 15 January 2007