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Catheter placement in femoral vein

Catheter placement in femoral vein

Femoral vein and its location near the groin, where catheter enters vein

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 numbs 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.

Current as ofJuly 22, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff

Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology

Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

John A. McPherson MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology

Michael P. Pignone MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine