A few little linguistic tips regarding pet peeves for those students & residents starting a vascular rotation:


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@khalilqatoMD @PhairVascular @EricBTrestmanMD @H_Aldailami


Don’t say “arm claudication”

Claudication is derived from the Latin claudeo or claudico, meaning to limp

So unless a patient walks on their hands, they can’t have “arm claudication.”

Use “effort-induced arm ischemia”

Pulse versus signal

Pulses are never “dopplerable” because pulses are what you palpate (strong, weak, absent, etc).

Doppler signals are audible (and biphasic, mono, tri...). You cannot hear a pulse just like you cannot palpate a signal.

“Completely occluded” and derivatives (partial occlusion, etc.)

It’s either occluded, or stenotic. You can have degrees of stenosis of course (75%, 99%...) but 100% stenosis isn’t a thing, that’s an occlusion.

Similarly, “partial occlusion” is not a thing. It’s a stenosis
One exception: if the vessel from it’s origin and for its length is occluded you may choose to say “totally occluded.”

Or if you’re impersonating Crush.
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