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J Med Liban. 1997;45(2):73-7.

Digital pulse volume recording: an essential test for the assessment of arteritis in diabetic patients.

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Vascular Surgery Unit, Saint George Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon.


The high incidence of medial calcification in the distal arteries of lower extremities in diabetic patients is responsible for most of the errors made in measuring ankle-pressure index. Because digital arteries are rarely calcified, digital pulse volume recording has been proposed as a specific and complementary test. Between March 1993 and March 1996, this test was performed in addition to ankle-pressure index in 66 diabetic patients. The ankle-arm index was overestimated and erroneous in 89.4% of cases. Digital arteries were calcified in 74% of cases and diabetic neuropathy present in 53% of cases. Assessment of the severity of arteritis by digital pulse volume recording (category 1 to 5) has led to better prevention and treatment. It is an essential test for the assessment of arteritis in diabetics, but also for the prediction of success of a surgical procedure: distal amputation, lumbar sympathectomy and arterial reconstruction.

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