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I have several questions for you. What type of trauma was it to that finger?
Crush or laceration, etc?
Where did you take the pressure in the finger? if the trauma is really
distal, the PPG at the tip of the finger will be flat, but if you place the
digital cuff at the first metacarpal, then you are really getting the
pressure of the proximal digital artery and if the injury is more distal,
you could still have a reasonably normal pressure!
Nathalie
NSU
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Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 10:35 AM
Subject: Re: Upper Extremily Arterial Question


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> We had a patient arrive for an Upper Extremity exam with a trauma to his
> left index finger.
> The Doctor's office had an indication of Digital Cysnosis.
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> Finger looked normal except pt complained of poor capillary refill.  He
> had no pain in the finger
> Or cold sensitivity.
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> Exam results:  Waveforms in the Brachial, Radial and Ulnar were
> triphasic and above 1.0
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> PPG waveform is the fingers in the left hand were normal in all finger
> EXCEPT the finger with the trauma.
> The finger in question had a flattened waveform but the pressure was
> within the range of the other fingers, 0.94.
>
> This finding did not make sense?
>
> I performed a cold stress exam in the left hand because the doctor had
> requested the test.
>
> After 4 minutes of his fingers in ice water, the waveforms in all of the
> fingers REMAINED the same after
> Cold stress. The finger with the trauma showed a flattened waveform
> again with NO change?
>
> The reading Doctor is puzzled as I am with these findings?
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> Any Ideas would be helpful!!
>
> Thank you,
> Jeffrey Yarus
> Cheshire Medical Center
> Vascular Lab
> Keene, NH
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