Accuracy of aneroid sphygmomanometer blood pressure recording compared with digital and mercury measurements in Brazil

Trop Doct. 2004 Jan;34(1):26-7. doi: 10.1177/004947550403400112.


Digital, mercury and aneroid blood pressure measurements were carried out in 400 South American adults. There was slight under-reading of the aneroid instrument (hypertension prevalence 30%, compared with 32% for digital and mercury), but its robustness and simplicity makes it a suitable alternative to mercury machines in tropical field conditions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure Determination / instrumentation*
  • Blood Pressure Determination / methods
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Random Allocation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sphygmomanometers*