Thrombosis of Bilateral Profunda Femoris, Anterior Tibial, and Tibioperoneal Arteries in a Patient With COVID-19 Infection.

COVID-19, also known as severe acute respiratory distress syndrome coronavirus 2, mostly affects the respiratory system causing acute respiratory syndrome. It not only targets lungs but also causes vascular endothelial disruption, which can lead to arterial or venous thrombosis causing ischemia, which increases the morbidity and mortality in some patients, if not recognized and treated in a timely manner. We present an interesting case of a patient recovering from COVID-19 pneumonia , who developed bilateral foot ischemia due to thrombosis of bilateral profunda femoris, bilateral anterior tibial, and tibioperoneal arteries. A 44-year-old gentleman presented to the emergency department complaining of severe bilateral foot pain, which progressively got worse. Upon examination he had blue toes bilaterally with absent dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulse. CT angiogram was performed, which showed severe multilevel lower limb arterial occlusions involving bilateral profunda femoris, bilateral anterior tibial, and tibioperoneal arteries. The patient was initially thrombolyzed and later underwent thrombectomy with the assistance of interventional radiologist. Hospital course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on warfarin following complete resolution of symptoms.

as reported in: Khuda Bakhsh Z, Khan R, Al-Khafaji F, Achyuth Suresh V, Bashir K. Cureus. 2021 Aug:13(8):e17623. doi: 10.7759/cureus.17623.