Catheter Placement in the Femoral Vein

How a catheter is placed in the femoral vein

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For angiography, a thin, soft tube (catheter) is placed in a blood vessel in the groin (such as in the femoral vein). First, a doctor freezes the area with a local anesthetic. Then, a needle is placed into the blood vessel. A guide wire is put through the needle into the blood vessel and the needle is removed. The catheter is slid over the guide wire and moved into the blood vessel. The catheter is guided through the blood vessels until the tip is in the area to be studied.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology

Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

Current as ofJuly 15, 2014

Current as of: July 15, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology