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Altintas, M A; Altintas, A A; Guggenheim, M; Knobloch, K; Niederbichler, A D; Vogt, P M (2010). Monitoring of microcirculation in free transferred musculocutaneous latissimus dorsi flaps by confocal laser scanning microscopy - a promising non-invasive methodical approach. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, 63(1):111-117.
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INTRODUCTION: For the survival of a microvascular tissue transfer, early detection of vascular complications is crucial. In vivo confocal laser scanning microscopy allows real-time, non-invasive evaluation of tissue microcirculation with a high cellular resolution. The aim of this study was to evaluate confocal laser scanning microscopy for early recognition of flap failure. METHODS: Fourteen patients (ages: 40.2+/-12.4 years) were monitored postoperatively for a period of 24h following free microvascular M. latissimus dorsi transfer to the lower extremity using confocal laser scanning microscopy (Vivascope1500; Rochester; New York; USA). The following parameters were evaluated: quantitative blood-cell flow, diameter of capillary loops and minimal thickness of the epidermis. RESULTS: Venous congestion was characterised by a decrease in blood-cell flow of up to 41%, accompanied by an increase of the diameter of capillary loops of up to 22% and the minimal thickness of the epidermis up to 32%. By contrast, arterial occlusion was clearly verified by a decrease in blood flow of up to 90%, accompanied by an insignificant change of both capillary loop size and epidermal thickness. CONCLUSION: Confocal laser scanning microscopy appears to be a useful non-invasive tool for early recognition of flap failure during the monitoring of microsurgical tissue transfer prior to its clinical manifestation.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reconstructive Surgery|
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||13 Feb 2009 14:10|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2013 14:27|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 4|
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