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Research and Reviews on Healthcare: Open Access Journal

Case Report(ISSN: 2637-6679)

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

    *Corresponding author: Marwan Hardan, Department of trauma and orthopedics surgery, Neuchâtel Hospital, Switzerland.

Received: November 05, 2019;   Published: November 13, 2019

DOI: 10.32474/RRHOAJ.2019.04.000185

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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.

Abstract| Introduction| Case Description| Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI)| Discussion| Conclusion| References|