Transcutaneous Oxygen Pressure Measurement: Methods, Implementation, and Possible Applications

  • V. Wienert
  • A. Lentner


Measurement of transcutaneous oxygen pressure (tcpO2) has become widely used in recent years as a noninvasive method to examine the microcirculation of the skin. The method was introduced by R. Huch at the beginning of the 1970s [21], described theoretically in the following years by R. Huch, A. Huch, and D.W. Lübbers, and first used in perinatal supervision of newborn babies [22, 23, 26–28]. Soon other medical departments, such as intensive care (for continuous monitoring of patients on breathing apparatus), surgery (to assess limbs that might have to be amputated), plastic surgery (to monitor the viability of skin transplants), dermatology (to diagnose and observe the course of dermatoses), and, particularly, angiology (for any questions concerning the microcirculation of the skin), became interested in measuring tcpO2. Once commercial equipment for this technique had been developed, the method was also used in routine examination by angiology departments and microcirculation laboratories.


Reactive Hyperemia Transcutaneous Oxygen Electrode Temperature Fontaine Stage Necrobiosis Lipoidica 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Wienert
  • A. Lentner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology of the RWTH AachenDermatological PhlebologyAachenGermany

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