Assessment of internal diameters of abdominal and femoral blood vessels in 250 living subjects using Color Doppler ultrasonography

Debora Valecchi, Duccio Bacci, Massimo Gulisano, Eleonora Sgambati, Maurizio Sibilio, Mario Lipoma, Claudio Macchi

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Abstract

Acquiring data about venous or arterial vessel size is important for several reasons, given the increasing incidence of thomboembolic phenomena and arterial aneurysms and the emerging new vascular techniques. We studied 250 healthy subjects (125 men and 125 women; age range: 50 to 91 years) with no known vascular pathology, nor hypertension, nor diabetes. We assessed the caliber of abdominal aorta, inferior vena cava, iliac and femoral arteries and viens by color doppler ultrasonography, and analyzed the results with regard to sex, height, weight and body surface of each subject. The mean caliber measure of the large abdominal vessels appeared lower than the value obtained from cadavers. There was a direct proportion between the left and right vessels of the same subject. The difference in vessel caliber between male and female subjects was statistically significant. There was no correlation between vessel caliber and age, height or body surface area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-184
Number of pages5
JournalItalian journal of anatomy and embryology = Archivio italiano di anatomia ed embriologia
Volume115
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Abdominal and femoral vessels
  • Echo- Color-doppler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Embryology

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