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Renal Exam

Lower Limb Pulses

November 28th, 2019
On this page:Absent Pulses


Femoral - palpate within the inguinal region, halfway between the pubic symphysis and iliac crest.
Popliteal - bend the patient's knee to 90 degrees, gently grasp both sides of the knee joint and palpate using tips of fingers within the popliteal fossa posteriorly.
Posterior tibial - palpate posteriorly and inferiorly to the medial malleolus.
Dorsalis pedis - palpate lateral to the extensor tendon of the great toe. This can be identified by asking the patient to extend their great toe.

Absent Pulses

  • Causes of Absent Pulses

  • Trauma
  • Atherosclerosis / peripheral vascular disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Shock
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