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June 1967

Dynamics of the Microcirculation During a Burn

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit.

Arch Surg. 1967;94(6):776-780. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1967.01330120030007

IT HAS been long established that a burn can cause intravascular coagulation. Viability of the tissues depends upon the patency of these blood vessels. In order to evaluate the dynamic effects a burn may have upon the microcirculation, we have observed the blood flow in tissues as a burn is being produced. Such a study leads one to believe that there is a clear relationship between the state of intravascular thrombosis and the degree of burn. An understanding of the vascular stasis produced and methods used to alter this stasis could be important in the treatment of a burn.

Method of Study  Techniques for cinephotomicrography were adopted for the visualization and photography of the microcirculation as a burn is produced.1 Bowel wall and mesentery of the rabbit were used for the purposes of studying the changes which are produced in tissues during a burn. Heat from a 1,000-w projector

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