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Altintas, A A; Altintas, M A; Ipaktchi, K; Guggenheim, M; Theodorou, P; Amini, P; Spilker, G (2009). Assessment of microcirculatory influence on cellular morphology in human burn wound healing using reflectance-mode-confocal microscopy. Wound Repair and Regeneration, 17(4):498-504.

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Previous studies have assessed the effects of changes in microcirculation on wound healing; however, the influence of microcirculation on tissue histomorphology remains widely unknown. Reflectance-mode-confocal microscopy (RMCM) enables in vivo tissue observation on a cellular level. We present RMCM data evaluating the local microcirculation and assess the influence on histomorphology during burn healing. RMCM was performed in 12 patients (aged; 36.2+/-14.2 years, maximum-burn-extent: 4% total body surface area) at times 12, 36, and 72 hours after a superficial burn. The following parameters were assessed: quantitative blood-cell-flow (cbf), epidermal thickness (Emin), basal-layer thickness (tbl), and granular cell-size (Agran). Cbf was found to be 54+/-3.6 cells/minutes (control), increased to 91+/-3.6 cells/minutes (p<0.05) 12 hours postburn; decreased to 71+/-6.1 cells/minutes (p<0.05) (36 hours), and to 63+/-2.3 cells/minutes (p>0.05) 72 hours postburn. Emin was 43.74+/-3.87 mum (control), increased to 51.67+/-4.04 mum (p<0.05) 12 hours, decreased to 48.67+/-3.51 mum (p<0.05) 36 hours, and to 45.33+/-3.21 mum (p>0.05) at 72 hours postburn. Tbl was 14.17+/-0.6 mum (control), increased to 16.93+/-1.15 mum (p<0.05) 12 hours, decreased to 15.93+/-1.20 mum (p<0.05) 32 hours, and to 15.00+/-0.85 mum (p>0.05) 72 hours postburn. Agran was 718+/-56.20 mum(2) (control), increased to 901+/-66.02 mum(2) (p<0.05) 12 hours, decreased to 826+/-56.86 mum(2) 36 hours, and 766+/-65.06 mum(2) at 72 hours postburn. RMCM enables in vivo observation of wound microcirculation and allows direct assessment of vascular effects on cutaneous histomorphology during the healing course of superficial burns.


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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
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:11 Feb 2010 17:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:54
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1524-475X.2009.00516.x
PubMed ID:19614915

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