A 27-year-old man is brought to the emergency department by emergency medical services after a car accident. The patient was noted by the paramedics to have an alcoholic smell on his breath. The patient reports severe pain in his right hip and groin. Vital signs are significant for a blood pressure of 154/87 mmHg and a heart rate of 113 beats/minute. Physical examination reveals a deformity of his right hip. Laboratory tests are ordered and are pending. X-rays of the right hip show a posterior dislocation of the hip with associated femoral head fracture.
Which of the following arteries supplies the majority of the femoral head?
- A) Common femoral artery
- B) Inferior gluteal artery
- C) Inferior mesenteric artery
- D) Internal iliac artery
- E) Pudendal artery
Dr. Ted O'Connell