A comparative study of colour and perfusion between two different post surgical scars. Do the laser Doppler imager and the colorimeter measure the same features of a scar?

J.F. Mermans, W. J. Peeters, R. Dikmans, J. Serroyen, R.R.W.J. van der Hulst, E. van den Kerckhove

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Abstract

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of different located post surgical scars on both perfusion and redness. The pattern of change and correlation between perfusion and redness of post surgical scars is also examined. METHODS: In this study, we measured redness and perfusion of the abdominal and breast scar of 24 women undergoing breast reconstruction with Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Free Flap surgery with the Minolta Chromameter CR-400/410 and the Moor Instruments laser Doppler imager 12IR, respectively, at different intervals post-operatively. RESULTS: The laser Doppler imager gives significantly higher values for the abdominal compared with the breast scar. There was no consistent correlation found between perfusion and redness at the different test moments for both locations. The scores of both parameters were significantly associated after 9 months follow-up for both locations. CONCLUSION: Scars closed with higher mechanical force show higher perfusion and prolonged activity; and more redness is associated with more perfusion for both post surgical scars. Nevertheless, there was no consistent correlation found between these parameters making the laser Doppler imager and the Colorimeter still non-replaceable instruments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalSkin Research and Technology
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • laser Doppler imager
  • colorimetry
  • perfusion
  • scar redness
  • post surgical scars
  • HYPERTROPHIC SCAR
  • GROWTH-FACTOR
  • BURN SCARS
  • TENSION
  • WOUNDS
  • SKIN
  • ANGIOGENESIS
  • TISSUE
  • MICROCIRCULATION
  • MYOFIBROBLASTS

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