A study of uniaxial tension on the superficial dermal microvasculature.

  title={A study of uniaxial tension on the superficial dermal microvasculature.},
  author={Raymond L. Barnhill and Dan L. Bader and T. J. Ryan},
  journal={The Journal of investigative dermatology},
  volume={82 5},
A spring-loaded apparatus was designed to apply uniaxial tension to forearm skin in 17 human subjects--10 normals, 6 psoriatics, and 1 patient with scleroderma. Simultaneously, the effects of stretching on the upper dermal vasculature were observed stereomicroscopically. Progressive changes (collapse) in the superficial microvasculature--vertical capillary loops and horizontal subpapillary plexus--with increasing tension were photographed. Force and strains were recorded at the points of… CONTINUE READING

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