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Error in blood-pressure measurement due to incorrect cuff size in obese patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6123760     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Trained nurse-specialists obtained 84 000 blood-pressure measurements in 1240 obese subjects using cuffs of the three standard adult sizes in a randomised order. The differences in readings between the three cuffs were smallest in non-obese subjects and became progressively greater with increasing arm circumference (AC) in the obese population. The regular cuff (12 X 23 cm) showed the greatest bias in relation to AC. Formulae and a table have been derived to correct the measurement error caused by cuffs of inappropriate size at various ACs. The reported high prevalence of hypertension in obese subjects may be greatly overestimated.
M H Maxwell; A U Waks; P C Schroth; M Karam; L P Dornfeld
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lancet     Volume:  2     ISSN:  0140-6736     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet     Publication Date:  1982 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-08-14     Completed Date:  1982-08-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985213R     Medline TA:  Lancet     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arm / anatomy & histology
Blood Pressure Determination / instrumentation*
Body Weight
Diagnostic Errors
Hypertension / diagnosis*
Obesity* / complications,  physiopathology
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