Interpretation of Doppler Segmental Pressures in Peripheral Vascular Occlusive Disease

Thomas G. Lynch, Robert W. Hobson, Creighton B. Wright, Giovanni Garcia, Richard Lind, Sharon Heintz, Lawrence Hart

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Measurement of Doppler segmental arterial pressures in the lower extremity using narrow pneumatic cuffs has become a standard noninvasive diagnostic technique. Correlation between arteriographic and noninvasive studies was available for 345 aortoiliac segments and 326 femoropopliteal segments. If stenoses of 50% or greater and occlusions were considered hemodynamically significant, the sensitivity to aortoiliac disease was 97%, but only 67% to femoropopliteal disease. The specificity for hemodynamically insignificant disease was 50% and 68%, respectively. Accuracy was influenced by the presence of associated aortoiliac or femoropopliteal disease. The sensitivity to hemodynamically significant femoropopliteal disease was 55% if there was associated aortoiliac disease, and 89% in its absence. In the presence of significant femoropopliteal disease, specificity for the absence of aortoiliac disease decreased from 70% to 41%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-467
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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