From: Lee Nix on Tue, Jan 21, 1997 9:49 AM
Subject: RE: Cuff Artifact
To: [log in to unmask]

  I did respond to Brooke, perhaps it went directly to him (this was an
unintentional lurk if true).  I will include my response below for what
it is
Lee Nix

  Any pressure measurement obtained by a cuff is accurate if the width
of the
cuff is 20% greater than the diameter of the limb. For the upper thigh
measurement, most people use a 10 or 12 centimeter wide cuff which is
even close to being 20% greater than the diameter of the limb (the
of the limb would have to be less than 10cm).  The amount of artifact is
directly related to the size of the limb but most people use 30 mmHg as
standard.  The high thigh pressure in a normal individual is expected to
30 mmHg higher than the higher arm pressure.
Lee Nix 
addendum:  we use 50 mmHg of toe pressure as the lower indicator of
potential in the diabetic, 30 mmHg for non-diabetics.  We also note that
pressure is directly related to systolic pressure;  obviously, a
decrease in
systolic pressure will result in a decrease in toe pressure and vice
From: [log in to unmask] on Mon, Jan 20, 1997 10:10 PM
Subject: Re: Cuff Artifact
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Cc: [log in to unmask]

Someone please help Brooke.  I know somewhere out there several of us
have references.  Mine are at the office and I'm composing this from
home.  As for ABI's predicting healing potential,  I suspect you'll get
as many different answers as responses.  Terry Case will likely add
something when he gets his sun roasted tail back to the frigid Green
Mountains of VT.  This is an issue of great concern to him lately.  How
many ulcers appear on non-diabetic feet with compressible vessels?  This
of course, a rhetorical question.


On Mon, 13 Jan 1997 [log in to unmask]

> Please Help!  I am looking for information regarding the cuff artifact 
> is encountered when performing four cufff segemental pressure studies.  I
> not very familar with this method (I had learned three cuff.).  I have 
> 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?
> Thank You
> Brooke

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