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June 1962

Palpable Dorsalis Pedis and Posterior Tibial Pulses: Incidence in Young Men

Author Affiliations

Instructor in Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Attending Surgeon, Louisville Veterans Administration Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1962;84(6):662-664. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1962.01300240066009

The purpose of this study was to learn the true incidence of absence of the dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulses in male adults 40 years of age and younger who, on the basis of history and physical examination, had no evidence of peripheral vascular disease.

Methods and Material  Two-hundred men 40 years of age and under were examined at the Veterans Administration Regional Office, Louisville. Patients examined who had a past history of frostbite, trenchfoot, or emersion foot, Buerger's disease, arteriovenous fistula, or traumatic injury to the named blood vessels of the lower extremities were excluded. No more than 6 patients were examined on any one day; hence, there was ample time for a painstaking physical examination of the lower extremities for the detection of the presence or absence of these peripheral pulses. The average age of the entire group studied was 34.6 years. The average age of the