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Gastrocnemius compression sign in arterial insufficiency of the leg.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3584228     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A simple bedside diagnostic maneuver, consisting of a bimanual compression of the gastrocnemius muscle and its use in the assessment of lower limb ischemia, are described. The compression evokes a pain response in the ischemic muscles and, when positive, is strongly suggestive of vascular insufficiency and, when absent, suggests a nonvascular etiology. Thus, the test is useful for the differentiation of vascular from nonvascular leg pain and is recommended as a diagnostic screening maneuver. Further diagnosis requires appropriate clinical judgment and the use of confirmatory tests.
M Mozes; M F Mozes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0021-9509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Publication Date:    1987 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-07-20     Completed Date:  1987-07-20     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0066127     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Intermittent Claudication / diagnosis
Ischemia / diagnosis*
Leg / blood supply*
Thrombophlebitis / diagnosis

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