Correspondence and communication| Volume 65, ISSUE 5, e135, May 2012

Early detection of inflow problems during free flap monitoring using digital tympanic thermometers

Published:December 22, 2011DOI:
      Free flap monitoring remains a contentious issue for many with clinical assessment being the most effective technique. On reflection, regular monitoring is the actual key to early detection of clinical problems. Although venous congestion is the more common problem, it is arterial thrombosis that is often easily missed as it is a subtle finding at its onset. Compound this with the varying levels of expertise available, early detection of inflow problem is a proverbial ‘lottery’.
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        • Kraemer R.
        • Lorenzen J.
        • Knobloch J.
        • et al.
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