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February 1978

Muscle and Subcutaneous Oxygen TensionMeasurements by Mass Spectrometry After Sympathectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (Dr Perry), and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas (Ms Horton).

Arch Surg. 1978;113(2):176-178. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370140066013

• Utilizing the mass spectrometer, tissue oxygen tension (TPo2) in the resting state was measured in the extremities of ten dogs before and after lumbar sympathectomy. Although there was considerable variation between individual dogs, significant changes in tissue oxygenation were not consistently obtained in the group as a whole, although femoral arterial blood flow increased in all animals. Using TPo2 changes to estimate perfusion, no significant increase in nutritive flow could be demonstrated.

(Arch Surg 113:176-178, 1978)