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Evaluation of arterial circulation using the ankle/brachial blood pressure index in patients with chronic venous ulcers

Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia (Impact Factor: 0.62). 03/2006; 81(2):131-135. DOI: 10.1590/S0365-05962006000200003

ABSTRACT FUNDAMENTOS: As úlceras venosas dos membros inferiores são freqüentes e têm grande impacto na qualidade de vida e produtividade do indivíduo, além de alto custo para a saúde pública. OBJETIVOS: Detecção de alterações arteriais em pacientes de úlcera venosa crônica dos membros inferiores com emprego de método não invasivo, de modo a discriminar aqueles em que estaria contra-indicado o tratamento compressivo. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 40 doentes portadores de úlcera venosa crônica, com o intuito de se avaliar a presença de doença arterial periférica pela medida do índice tornozelo/braço por doppler-ultra-som. RESULTADOS: O índice tornozelo/braço mostrou-se alterado (menor que 1) em 9/22 (40,9%) doentes com úlcera venosa crônica e hipertensão arterial concomitante, e apenas em 1/13 (7,7%) doentes de úlcera venosa crônica sem hipertensão arterial. CONCLUSÕES: Doentes de úlcera venosa crônica e hipertensão arterial concomitantes devem ser submetidos rotineiramente à medida do índice tornozelo/braço para detecção de possível insuficiência arterial periférica associada.

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