Posts Tagged ‘Peripheral arterial disease’

Measuring the ankle-brachial index using a stethoscope

February 25, 2009

Can we measure the ankle-brachial index using only a stethoscope? A pilot study. Fam Pract. 2009 Feb;26(1):22-6. Epub 2008 Nov 20. PMID: 19022870

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) by ausculation is less sensitive than an ABI of less than 0.9 by doppler ultrasonography and is less sensitive than an earlier report of the ABI by palpation.

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Last year, a study reported that the ankle-brachial index by palpation has a sensitivity and specificity of 88% and 82%, respectively as compared to handheld Doppler ultrasonography (PMID 18567610).

This has been added to http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Ankle_brachial_index