Physical Examination

The equipment necessary for the examination of the peripheral vascular system consists of a stethoscope, a tourniquet, and a tape measure.

The physical examination of the peripheral vascular system consists of inspection, palpation of the arterial pulses, and some additional tests if disease is thought to be present. All these techniques are usually integrated with the rest of the physical examination.

The patient lies supine, with the examiner standing to the right of the bed. The evaluation of the peripheral vascular system includes the following:

Inspection

Examination of the arterial pulses Examination of the lymphatic system Other special techniques

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