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Ischaemic wound complications in above-knee amputations in relation to the skin perfusion pressure

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Healing of the stumps in 59 above-knee amputations was correlated with the local skin perfusion pressure (SPP) measured preoperatively as the external pressure required to stop isotope washout using 131I-(-) or 125I-(-) antipyrine mixed with histamine. Out of the 11 cases with an SPP below 30 mmHg no fewer than 9 (82 per cent) suffered wound complications. Out of the 48 cases with an SPP above 30 mmHg severe wound complications occurred in only 4 cases (8 per cent). The difference in wound complication rate is highly significant (P < 0.01). It is concluded that the SPP can be used to predict ischaemic wound complications in above-knee amputations as has previously been shown to be the case in below-knee amputations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Volume4
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)81-6
Number of pages6
ISSN0309-3646
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1980

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  • Adult, Aged, Amputation, Female, Humans, Iodine Radioisotopes, Ischemia, Male, Middle Aged, Perfusion, Postoperative Complications, Pressure, Skin Physiological Phenomena, Thigh

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