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Effect of anodal high voltage pulsed current on edema formation in frog hind limbs.
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PMID:  1946611     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We have recently demonstrated that some forms of cathodal high voltage pulsed current (HVPC) curb posttraumatic edema formation in frog hind limbs. The purpose of this study was to determine, by assessing the capacity of anodal HVPC to curb posttraumatic edema formation, whether polarity is an important variable. Fourteen anesthetized bullfrogs were placed on large dispersive electrodes lining body slings that maintained the frogs' limbs in a dependent position throughout data collection. The frogs' feet were traumatized by impact following initial measurement of limb volumes. At the commencement of each of four 30-minute treatments, hind limbs were immersed in separate beakers and briefly stimulated until motor threshold was determined. One limb, randomly selected, received anodal HVPC at 90% of motor threshold and 120 pulses per second; the other limb served as a control. Treatments were followed by 30-minute rests. Limb volumes were measured by water displacement immediately after trauma and following each treatment and rest period. Data were expressed as changes from pretrauma volumes in milliliters per kilogram of body weight. A repeated-measures analysis of variance was used to test for treatment effect. Despite an aggressive series of treatments, virtually symmetrical bilateral edema occurred; therefore, no treatment effect was evident. This result contrasts with treatment effects previously reported for cathodal HVPC.
D R Fish; F C Mendel; A M Schultz; L M Gottstein-Yerke
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical therapy     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0031-9023     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Ther     Publication Date:  1991 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-19     Completed Date:  1991-12-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0022623     Medline TA:  Phys Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  724-30; discussion 730-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science, State University of New York, Buffalo 14214.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Edema / prevention & control*
Electric Stimulation
Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
Hindlimb / injuries*
Rana catesbeiana

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