Plethysmography Def.
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From the Greek word "plethysmo", to increase, and "graphos" to write

It is the recording of changes in the volume of a limb of digit as blood moves in and out of it with each cardiac cycle.

Pneumatic plethysmography uses a pneumatic cuff wrapped around an extremity or digit. By standardizing the injected volume of air and therefore the pressure inside the cuff, momentary volume changes are detected by a transducer and displayed as waveforms also called "pulse volume recordings."

These waveforms correspond closely with the waveforms obtained by intra-arterial recording at the same level.


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