A femoral aneurysm is bulging and weakness in the wall of the femoral artery, located in the thigh. Femoral aneurysms can burst, which may cause life-threatening, uncontrolled bleeding. The aneurysm may also cause a blood clot, potentially resulting in leg amputation.
Causes of Femoral Aneurysms
The exact cause of femoral aneurysms is not known, though atherosclerosis may play a key role. Trauma to the artery may also cause a femoral aneurysm.
Are You at Risk?
You may be at risk for a femoral aneurysm if you:
- Have high cholesterol
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a bacterial infection
- Have had blood-vessel reconstruction in one or both legs
Many femoral aneurysms have no symptoms. The most common symptom is pain below the knee.
Femoral Aneurysms: Diagnosis & Treatment
We can diagnose you with tests that include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
Surgery is generally required to treat femoral aneurysms. Your surgeon will replace the artery with a graft or create a bypass around the area of the artery where the aneurysm is located.
It's important for you to carefully control high blood pressure with medication, if necessary.
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