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How deep is the femoral artery?

How deep is the femoral artery?

Varies: About ½ an inch but it depends on the overall size of the person. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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What causes pain on or near the femoral artery?

What causes pain on or near the femoral artery?

inflammation?: Pain may be related to inflammation from recent procedures, scar tissue, or nerve irritation. A vascular surgeon can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Can a femoral artery become infected?

Can a femoral artery become infected?

Yes: While a primary infection of the femoral artery is rare, if you have an operation or a procedure involving the femoral artery, you can develop an infection. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of femoral artery stenosis?

What are some symptoms of femoral artery stenosis?

Claudication: Which means cram like pains in the calves with walking which gets better with rest and returns with walking. The distance of walking that brings out the pain is called the claudication distance. The shorter the distance the worse is the stenosis. Also, in severe cases the leg loses hair and becomes painful at rest with elevation better with dangling. ...Read more

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How far down does the femoral artery go in the groin area?

How far down does the femoral artery go in the groin area?

Few cm: The femoral artery is a continuation of the external iliac artery. It travels in the groin a few centimeters then branches into the deep and superficial femoral arteries. The superficial artery then travels to just above the knee cap where it becomes the popliteal artery. ...Read more

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If your femoral artery is totally cut is it usually fatal?

If your femoral artery is totally cut is it usually fatal?

Yes: You have very little time to control bleeding from a transected femoral artery before exsanguination. ...Read more

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If the femoral artery is cut will one become an amputee or die?

If the femoral artery is cut will one become an amputee or die?

Possibly: The femoral artery is the main conduit to the leg. If acutely cut and not controlled one can quickly bleed enough to die, yes. If it's tied off or acutely clotted it would kill the leg if unattended. Now, a tiny nick could stop with direct pressure but a cut or injury of any size ,at all, is a major injury. Good luck. ...Read more

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For a left sfa is it normal to enter through the right femoral artery?

For a left sfa is it normal to enter through the right femoral artery?

Yes: A "contralateral" approach to the left sfa would start with an arteriotomy in the right common femoral artery. The left sfa can be entered from the left side through an 'antegrade" approach, and some physicians prefer this. ...Read more

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Dr. Najam Wasty
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Atherectomy (Definition)

It is a percutaneous intervention -- a vascular procedure like 'scrapping' the vascular wall ...Read more