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Acute effects of cigarette smoking on microcirculation of the thumb

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British Journal of Plastic Surgery
0007-1226
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
45
Issue
1
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DOI: 10.1016/0007-1226(92)90106-8

Abstract

Abstract The acute effect of smoking on the microcirculation of the skin of the thumb was investigated in healthy volunteers. Twenty-two were smokers and 10 were non-smokers. The flow was assessed by means of laser Doppler flowmetry. The smokers inhaled 2 cigarettes. During smoking of their first and second cigarette respectively, a mean decrease in laser Doppler flow of 23.8% and 29.0% was seen (p = 0.03; p = 0.01). Ten minutes after smoking this decrease was recovered by half. This experiment confirms that one should prohibit smoking of cigarettes pre- and postoperatively for optimal wound healing conditions.

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