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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 219-21

Evaluation of state of circulation in radiation injury using impedance plethysmography.

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Parel, Bombay, Maharashtra.

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G K Iyer
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Parel, Bombay, Maharashtra.

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Seven patients with history of radiation burn were subjected to impedance plethysmographic investigation at Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory, K. E. M. Hospital. Impedance plethysmograms were recorded from various locations in both the upper extremities in supine and digits of both the hands in supine as well as on hyper-abduction in sitting position. Control values of blood flow index (BFI) and differential pulse arrival time (DPAT) were derived from similar data in 15 normal subjects. It was observed that digits having thinning of epidermis of skin recorded marked decrease in values of BFI and significant change in value of DPAT and these observations correlated well with thermography and vascular scintigraphy. Digits recording significant decrease in BFI, which were clinically normal, were found to have changes in the skin during follow up examination. Thus IPG provided a sensitive modality for detecting ischaemia in early stages in patients with history of radiation injury.


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