Journal article

Increasing Perfusion Pressure Does Not Distend Perforators or Anastomoses but Reveals Arteriovenous Shuntings

Adam C Gascoigne, G Ian Taylor, Russell J Corlett, Chris Briggs, Mark W Ashton

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY-GLOBAL OPEN | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: It has been proposed that hyperperfusion of perforators and distension of anastomotic vessels may be a mechanism by which large perforator flaps are perfused. This study investigates whether increasing perfusion pressure of radiographic contrast in cadaveric studies altered the radiographic appearance of vessels, particularly by distending their anastomotic connections. Methods: From 10 fresh cadavers, bilateral upper limbs above the elbow were removed. Three cadavers were excluded. Seven pairs of limbs were injected with lead oxide solutions via the brachial artery while distally monitoring intravascular pressure in the radial artery using a pressure transducer. One limb was inj..

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The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article. Supported by a grant from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation and The Donald Ratcliffe and Phyllis Macleod Trust.