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I had a femoral artery blood clot that was "blasted out". Afterwards my lower leg from just below the knee went numb. What cause cause this?

I had a femoral artery blood clot that was "blasted out". Afterwards my lower leg from just below the knee went numb. What cause cause this?

Embolization: I suspect that by "blasted out" you had some sort of percutaneous thrombectomy. I worry that the clot travelled down your leg. If it is still numb, you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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I've 1 copy of Factor V Leiden & have a blood clot in my femoral artery as a result of an angiogram, with no flow. Will the clot eventually break off?

I've 1 copy of Factor V Leiden & have a blood clot in my femoral artery as a result of an angiogram, with no flow. Will the clot eventually break off?

Unlikely: If there is "no flow" in the femoral artery, then presumably there are collateral ("bypass") vessels bringing blood to your leg if you are in a stable condition. Most commonly these vessel closures become permanent, with the collaterals growing over time. The clot solidifies and becomes fibrous material that is not fragile or prone to fragmentation. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the chances of survival after being shot in the femoral artery?

What are the chances of survival after being shot in the femoral artery?

Depends: Depends on how quickly you get to an experienced vasc. Surgeon. ...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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How deep under you skin is the femoral artery?

How deep under you skin is the femoral artery?

Depends: Depends on how obese the patient is. In a patient with a normal weight for their height (bmi), the femoral artery usually lies about 2-3 cm beneath the skin. ...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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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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What are the long term implications of a traumatic femoral artery injury?

Few if repaired well: Depending on the repair used to treat a traumatic femoral artery injury, long term issues are related to the repair itself and its "patency, " or how long it'll stay open before closing off. Any repair to the blood vessels is subject to scar tissue formation or accumulation of plaque that will cause narrowing. Regular follow up with a vascular surgeon is essential to prevent complete blockages. ...Read more

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How deep down is the femoral artery?

Depends: Depending on your size and weight, about 1/2 inch. ...Read more

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How deep does the femoral artery lie?

Depends: Depends on how obese the patient is. In a patient with a normal weight for their height (bmi), the femoral artery usually lies about 2-3 cm beneath the skin. ...Read more

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What are types of femoral artery pain?

Neuralgia?: Femoral artery pain may be mistaken for femoral neuralgia. But if you've undergone an angiogram, the femoral artery may be dissected or have developed a pseudoaneurysm or an av fistula between the femoral artery & vein. You should get an arterial duplex ultrasound of your specific groin to assess for flow abnormalities and/or a soft tissue defect such as a hematoma. Do you have any bruising? ...Read more

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How deep is the femoral artery at its most superficial point?

How deep is the femoral artery at its most superficial point?

This is entirely: Dependent on the thickness of the fat between the skin and the neuromuscular bundle. Obviously there is a dependance on age as well. A baby's artery will be much closer to the skin than a 400 pound man. ...Read more

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How deep would a cut have to be for it to sever the femoral artery?

How deep would a cut have to be for it to sever the femoral artery?

Depends: Depends on the size and weight of the person. I would say, on average, about 8-15 mm. Obese people: could be 40 mm. Very thin people, maybe only 5 mm. ...Read more

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Can I suffer an injury to their femoral artery and still lived a good life?

Can I suffer an injury to their femoral artery and still lived a good life?

Generally, yes.: An injury to the femoral artery implies a compromise in blood flow into the leg. In general this is only as significant as the symptoms you may have as a result of decreased blood flow (which may be none at all to severe debilitation) and a measure of the blood pressure in the leg, reported as the ankle-brachial index (abi). Discuss more with a board-certified vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to open a new port in the femoral artery for an older weaker person?

How difficult is it to open a new port in the femoral artery for an older weaker person?

Depends: Femoral arteries can sometimes be "opened" with catheters (balloon, stent, atherectomy) and occasionally require surgery-- depending upon the extent and location of the blockage. Procedures may be performed on patients who are quite elderly very successfully. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in occlusion of the femoral artery at the level at which the profunda femoris is given off, arterial inflow to?

Calf and foot: When the femoral artery decides the profunda feed the muscles of the thigh and the superficial femoral feed the leg from the knee down. There are some connections between the two protecting the leg. ...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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Will a superficial femoral artery stenosis usually cause pain?

Will a superficial femoral artery stenosis usually cause pain?

Yes: The pain is called claudication. It happends when walking causes the lower extremity to require more oxygen rich blood than can be suplied due to the blockage. Usually resolves with rest. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for superficial femoral artery occlusion?

Is there any medication for superficial femoral artery occlusion?

Periph. Art. Dis.: Yes & No. Atherosclerosis is slowed by using meds. Such as antiplatelets (aspirin etc etc), potent statins (atorva., rosuva, .etc);ACEI's (lisinopril etc) or ARB's;some betablockers, and other meds such as cilastozol etc. A complete or high grade occlusion however will need either antegrade or retrograde mechanical revascularization as well as meds. If in area seek my practice out as we can help ...Read more