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August 1972

Superficial Femoral Artery Catheterization: Effect on Extremity Length

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Cardiology, the Department of Orthopedics, and the Growth Study Center of the Department of Orthopedics of the Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(2):240-242. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110140090012

Leg length measurements were obtained in 250 congenital heart disease patients who had undergone puncture or incision of the right superficial femoral artery at cardiac catheterization. The data give no indication that the procedure results in a notable discrepancy between the length of the lower extremities. It is concluded that significant inequality in the length of the lower limbs is a rare complication of cardiac catheterization.