Difficulty Gaining Femoral Access



For many years the femoral artery has been the mainstay of access for the purpose of performing coronary angiography and intervention. Although the radial approach is now increasingly used, femoral arterial access remains the route of choice for many operators and is required in situations when no other option is available or possible. While access is straightforward in the vast majority of cases, difficulties may be encountered and resulting complications may have severe consequences. We look at common risk factors for encountering difficulty and offer suggestions to overcome these problems.


Femoral artery Access Difficulty Risk factors Solutions Ultrasound 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologyLincoln County HospitalLincolnUK

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