External Iliac Artery Vasospasm in an Elite Female Runner

Kristin L. Garlanger, Elena J. Jelsing, Jonathan T. Finnoff

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A 33-year-old elite female runner presented to a tertiary care sports medicine clinic with a 2-year history of progressive anterior thigh and circumferential leg pain with associated foot paresthesias brought on by high-intensity running. She had both external iliac artery vasospasm and chronic exertional compartment syndrome. External iliac artery vasospasm is a rare cause of exertional leg pain, particularly in the running population. This case highlights the unique features of this condition, addresses the multidisciplinary approach that led to the accurate diagnoses, and demonstrates that more than 1 etiology for exertional leg pain can coexist in an athlete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalSports Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • compartment syndrome
  • iliac artery
  • intermittent claudication
  • running


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