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Is the penile brachial index a reproducible and useful measurement?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2390706     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The intra- and inter-observer variation in the measurement of the penile brachial index (PBI) was prospectively assessed in 30 patients. An appreciable error was discovered that cast doubt on the reliability of the measurements. Up to 20% of patients deemed normal by one observer would be deemed abnormal by a second. The PBI appears to be an inaccurate and poorly reproducible test of penile blood flow which can lead to a false diagnosis and subsequent management of impotent patients. There would appear no justification for the continued use of the penile brachial index in the assessment of erectile dysfunction.
M Aitchison; J Aitchison; R Carter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of urology     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0007-1331     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Urol     Publication Date:  1990 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-10-02     Completed Date:  1990-10-02     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15740090R     Medline TA:  Br J Urol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Urology, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Erectile Dysfunction / diagnosis*
Middle Aged
Observer Variation
Penis / blood supply*
Regional Blood Flow
Reproducibility of Results

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