I also apologize for not responding sooner, has been on my list of
things to do. I can't help with the 4 cuff (or any #) segmentals as we
no longer do them here. We feel we can image the leg as fast as you
can perform segmentals. However, regarding the ABI's and non-healing
ulcers, I would echo Steve's comment regarding the non-compressible
vessels. I think you will have a hard time finding good agreement on
an ABI to predict healing. The large majority of these patients are
diabetic and even those that aren't will sometimes have calcified,
BTW - anyone have any thoughts on "partially" compressible vessels?
That is, stiff enough to give a falsely high reading but not so stiff
as to be incompressible??
Generally, provide good wound care and if the lesion is not heading in
the right direction or becomes infected, then intervention is
required. At that point, the patient needs to be imaged. Certainly, I
feel more comfortable when I get an ABI that is consistent with my
findings on imaging. Alright, alright, I admit it, a strong bias for
imaging! However, in todays economically driven health care
environment, the argument could be made for no testing for peripheral
vascular disease save for the few patients that the diagnosis can't be
made by history and physical exam, or those with mixed
neurogenic/vasculogenic claudication. When intervention is required,
then imaging allows the surgeon to plan the approach, cheaply,
non-invasively and occasionally avoiding angiography.
The ability to reliably predict healing vs. non from a simple test
would clearly be useful, but I don't think its going to happen.
Regardless, you will have to follow that patient for wound care
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Subject: Cuff Artifact
Author: [log in to unmask] at Internet
Date: 1/13/97 8:30 AM
Please Help! I am looking for information regarding the cuff artifact that
is encountered when performing four cufff segemental pressure studies. I am
not very familar with this method (I had learned three cuff.). I have three
different books all giving different variations of this phenomena.
I am also finding conflicting information regarding ABI's consistent with
non-healing ulcers. What are most vascular labs using now?