Real-Time Laser Doppler Imaging as a Prognostic Tool in
Frostbite Injuries of the Upper Extremity
Volume 4 - Issue 2
Marwan Hardan1* and Wassim Raffoul2
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- 1Hand surgeon, Department of trauma and orthopedics surgery, Neuchâtel Hospital, Switzerland
- 2Chief of Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland
Marwan Hardan, Department of trauma and orthopedics surgery, Neuchâtel Hospital, Switzerland.
Received: November 05, 2019; Published: November 13, 2019
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Cold-induced lesions, better known as frostbite lesions, are the result of prolonged exposure of the skin to a low temperature.
Various efforts have been made to stage these lesions and to provide early prognostic information, of which Cauchy’s classification,
using clinical information and technetium bone scanning at day 7, is widely accepted. Recently, Laser Doppler imaging (LDI) has
been proposed as a valuable method in the quantification of (micro) perfusion of tissues in burn victims and in the surveillance of
free flaps. LDI may also be a valuable prognostic tool in the treatment of frostbite lesions. In this case report, we present the use of
LDI in the treatment of a 42- year old patient suffering from frostbite injuries to both hands.
Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI)|