Absent or decreased pulse

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  • Diabetes or other cause of peripheral vascular disease
  • Takayasu’s arteritis or "pulseless disease" (various pulses)
  • Temporal (giant cell) arteritis (temporal artery)
  • Thromboangiitis obliterans or Buerger’s disease (distal pulses)
  • Aortic dissection (decreased or unequal pulses)
  • Coarctation of the aorta (femoral pulses)

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Last updated: March 5, 2015