Transcutaneous PO2 monitoring for assessing viability and predicting survival of skin flaps: experimental and clinical correlations.


Rectangular skin flaps based on the right superficial epigastric vessels were designed on the groins of 36 rats. Preoperative control, intraoperative, and postoperative readings of oxygen tension (PO2) were made at proximal, central, and distal sites on the flaps with a transcutaneous PO2 (tcPO2) monitor under various conditions of oxygen inspiration. The… (More)


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