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Use of laser Doppler flowmetry and transcutaneous oxygen tension electrodes to assess local autonomic dysfunction in patients with frozen shoulder.
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PMID:  2677369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The laser Doppler flowmeter (LDF), which measures changes in cutaneous blood flow, and the transcutaneous oxygen electrode which measures cutaneous perfusion, were used to study reflex changes in the microcirculation of the shoulder in 38 patients with frozen shoulder and 10 normal controls. In all controls and 22 patients with frozen shoulder, a normal LDF response to inspiration/expiration was observed. In 16 patients with frozen shoulder, LDF responses were either unilaterally or bilaterally absent. Comparison between the two patient groups showed a significant association (chi 2 = 6.43, P less than 0.02) between abnormality of response and the persistence of pain. TcPO2 was in the normal range in all patients and controls. These findings suggest that the LDF together with the TcPO2 may be a useful method of studying the skin microcirculation over the shoulder.
R Mani; C Cooper; B L Kidd; J D Cole; M I Cawley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0141-0768     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Soc Med     Publication Date:  1989 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-11-14     Completed Date:  1989-11-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802879     Medline TA:  J R Soc Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  536-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Physics, Southampton General Hospital.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Autonomic Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
Lasers / diagnostic use
Middle Aged
Periarthritis / etiology,  physiopathology*
Shoulder Joint / innervation*,  physiopathology
Skin / blood supply*

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