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Capillary microscopy in patients with vasospastic and arterial occlusive diseases.
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PMID:  15227424     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Capillary microscopy and its application for diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation in patients with vasospastic and arterial occlusive disease are described in this report. Capillary microscopy is a noninvasive technique for measuring red blood cell velocity and for determining nutritional blood flow in the capillaries of the skin. This method can be applied in distinguishing patients with Raynaud's phenomenon from those with other disorders involving ischemia of the hand. In patients with atherosclerotic disease of the lower limb, microcirculatory observations can help determine how temperature increases and posturally induced microvascular constriction affect limbs with different degrees of ischemia. Capillary microscopy can also be used to help distinguish between patients who respond and those who do not respond to prolonged treatment for such disorders. Because capillary microscopy can be used to assess microcirculatory hemodynamics and autoregulatory mechanisms in cases of severe ischemia, it should be regarded as an essential tool in the evaluation of patients with upper- and lower-limb ischemia.
M J Jacobs; I D Gregoric; G J Reul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0730-2347     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Heart Inst J     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-30     Completed Date:  2005-02-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214622     Medline TA:  Tex Heart Inst J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-9     Citation Subset:  -    
The Department of Surgery, Academic Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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