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Orthostatic Testing Procedure
by David S. Bell, MD, FAAP
Lyndonville News September 2000 Volume 2 Issue 5
A number of people have requested the procedure for orthostatic testing that we perform in the office. It takes about 45 minutes and requires a nurse to be constantly present. It is important to note that this test is difficult for some persons with CFS [Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] and an opportunity to rest for an hour after the testing is offered. Intravenous saline is helpful to aid recovery.
Below is a listing of the abnormalities observed and the normal values taken from Dr. David Streeten's book Orthostatic Disorders of the Circulation.
Normal sBP: recumbent: 100-142; Standing (4 min): 94-141; Orthostatic change: -19 to +11
Reference [of Results]: Streeten DHP. Orthostatic disorders of the circulation. New York: Plenum, 1987:116.
[Also, see Orthostatic Intolerance Test Results for more details about the 5 types of Orthostatic Intolerance and Faces of CFS for another example of the OI test and using compression pants. For more articles and books by Dr. David S. Bell and more articles about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), please visit the Links page.]
[Abbreviations used above:
Information in brackets has been added.
Lyndonville News written by:
David S. Bell, MD FAAP
Lyndonville News - DISCLAIMER: The views in this newsletter are the feelings and opinions of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect all of the current theories that are being explored and published relating to CFS. If you have specific questions and concerns you should consult your personal physician for the answers.
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