Profunda femoris artery

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The profunda femoris artery (PFA) (also known as the deep femoral artery or deep artery of thigh) is a branch of the common femoral artery (CFA) and is responsible for providing oxygenated blood to the deep structures of the thigh, including the femora.



Mnemonic for the deep branches of the thigh:

Anatomy: Lower limb
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Article information

rID: 24866
System: Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Tag: artery, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Deep femoral arteries
  • Profunda femoris artery (PFA)
  • Profunda femoris arteries
  • Deep femoral artery
  • Deep artery of the thigh

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  • Figure 1: femoral triangle (diagram)
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  • Case 1: variant origin
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