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December 1962

Convenient Visualization of Venous Patterns

Author Affiliations


Interns, Second (Cornell) Medical Division, Bellevue Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):898-899. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240080012

The use of infrared photography as an aid in the visualization of cutaneous venous patterns is well described in most modern text-books of physical diagnosis. In a clinical setting, however, the technique is rarely used because of lack of equipment, cost, or inconvenience. A readily accessible and inexpensive substitute for this method is to be found in the use of the ordinary red dark-adapting x-ray goggles, the value of which was demonstrated to us by the following case.

Report of a Case  A 64-year-old white man was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a chief complaint of pain and swelling of the right arm of 5 days' duration. He was a heavy smoker with a chronic cough which had recently become productive of whitish-gray sputum. He was anorectic and had lost 20 1b. in a 3-month period.Physical examination revealed a blood pressure of 130/80, pulse of 86, and respirations 16.

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