The Daily PANCE and PANRE Extended Edition: Question 2

A patient presents complaining of severe pain and "burning" in an extremity. You note that the extremity is pale and cool to the touch. You cannot appreciate a palpable pulsation. Which of the following diagnostic modalities will identify the source of this patient's problem in approximately 95% of cases?

A. chest x-ray
B. echocardiogram
C. angiogram
D. abdominal flat plate
E. aortic ultrasound

 Answer: C

Aortic angiogram

Angiogram is the "gold standard" for occlusion of an arterial vessel

Know Your Content Blueprint

Arterial occlusions are covered as part of the PANCE Cardiology Blueprint

Review Topic: Arterial embolism/thrombosis

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