Method Of Exam
|Author: A. Chandrasekhar, MD
||Consultant: H. Greisler, MD
and F. Littooy, MD
Cover the genitalia with a sheet and slightly abduct the thigh. Press deeply, below the inguinal ligament and about midway between symphysis pubis and anterior superior iliac spine. Use two hands one on top of the other to feel the femoral pulse.
- Note the adequacy of the pulse volume.
- Rate the strength of the pulse as 0 (absent), 1+ (decreased) and 2+ (normal).
- Repeat the procedure on the opposite side.
- Compare timing of femoral and radial pulse by simultaneous palpation.
- Compare with abdominal aortic pulsation just above level of the umbilicus.
- Femoral pulse has same characteristics as radial pulse and is simultaneous in timing.