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Transcutaneous Oxygen Tension: Principles and Applications

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Abstract

Empiric means of assessing limb perfusion are not adequate due to lack of sensitivity and specificity. However, transcutaneous oxygen tension has proven to be a useful tool in the evaluation of chronic lower extremity ischemia (CLI). The unique design of the transcutaneous sensor makes it possible to obtain accurate measurements of oxygen (pO2) tension on the surface of the skin. Transcutaneous oxygen (tcpO2) measurements can be used for minor and major lower extremity amputation level determination. In addition, tcpO2measurements facilitate prospective management of diabetic as well as non-diabetic patients with CLI.

Keywords

Transcutaneous oxygen measurement Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring Skin surface oxygen tension Prospective management of diabetic foot problems Chronic limb ischemia Peripheral arterial disease 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Vascular SurgerySt. Joseph HospitalOrangeUSA

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