Transcutaneous oxygen tension as a predictor of success after an amputation

C R Wyss, R M Harrington, E M Burgess, F A Matsen
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume 1988, 70 (2): 203-7
We measured local transcutaneous oxygen tension at the foot and proximal and distal to the knee in 162 patients who then had 206 amputations. When the values for oxygen tension at the foot and distal to the knee were compared with the success or failure of healing after an amputation of the foot or distal to the knee, respectively, a clearly increasing probability of failure was correlated with decreasing transcutaneous oxygen tension. However, even at a tension of zero the probability of failure was not 100 per cent. The results were similar for diabetic and non-diabetic patients. Preoperative values for transcutaneous oxygen tension were a much more consistent predictor of success or failure of healing after an amputation of the foot or distal to the knee than were measurements of systolic blood pressure at the ankle, but neither was predictive of the outcome after an above-the-knee amputation.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"