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Transcutaneous oxygen tension in imminent foot gangrene

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Transcutaneous oxygen tension at 44 degree C and maximal isotope clearance (90m Tc-pretechnetate + histramine) just proximal to the 1st toe and systolic toe blood pressure (strain gauge) were studied on a tilt table in patients with various degrees of obstructive arteriosclerotic disease. In legs with moderate obstruction, the oxygen tension reached zero at a toe systolic blood pressure of 5--10 mmHg (tilt toe up) and reached arterial oxygen tension at about 50 to 70 mmHg (tilt toe down). In legs withsevere arterial obstruction and ischaemic rest pain, oxygen tension rose from zero not before systolic toe blood pressure reached 20--50 mmHg. Significant isotope clearance was seen at pressures below the limits just mentioned for both types of patients. This phenomenon here seen of a perfusion without oxygen supply is explained by a gas leak (rendered significant because of the slow flow rate) from the arterioles into the tissue sink and counter current gas shunting. The hypoxia in spite of a positive perfusion pressure up to 50 mmHg explains our experience that ischemic ulcers in feet such low pressures never heal.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa anaesthesiologica Scandinavica. Supplementum
Volume68
Pages (from-to)107-10
Number of pages4
ISSN0515-2720
Publication statusPublished - 1978

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  • Aged, Blood Gas Analysis, Blood Pressure, Electrodes, Female, Foot, Gangrene, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Oxygen, Partial Pressure

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