March 1984

Adductor Canal Compression Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and University of Illinois, Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(3):345-346. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390150075018

• Adductor canal syndrome is an unusual cause of acute arterial occlusion in younger men. It is the result of arterial compression by an abnormal musculotendinous band arising from the adductor magnus muscle and lying adjacent and superior to the adductor tendon. The pathogenetic mechanism of this syndrome resembles that of popliteal fossa entrapment and can become manifest after exercise. Since this syndrome occurs in younger men in whom acute arterial occlusion can lead to limb loss, recognition of the presence of apparent ischemic symptoms after exercise in an otherwise healthy young man is important. The treatment consists of the division of the abnormal band and restoration of arterial continuity by appropriate means. A search for bilateral lesions can help avoid future problems even when the symptoms are unilateral.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:345-346)