Prostaglandin E1 Increases Microcirculation in Random Pattern Flaps on Rats Measured with Laser Doppler Perfusion Imaging

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Background:Reconstructive procedures with pedicled and free flaps are associated with a risk of ischemia. Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) is a hormone-like substance with known antiischemic and tissue-protective effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of PGE1 on the microcirculation in random pattern skin flaps on rats.Methods:Twenty-four rats were divided into 2 groups: an intervention group given PGE1 for 6 hours and a control group given saline. The flap (2 × 10 cm) was created on the back of the rats, and the microcirculation was monitored with laser Doppler perfusion imaging in 5 different zones (1, proximal; 5, distal) before surgery and after 60, 180, and 360 minutes postoperatively.Results:Before surgery, there was no difference in the perfusion in any zones between the intervention group and the control group. The mean perfusion values in zone 1 in the intervention group were significantly higher than those in the control group at 60, 180, and 360 minutes postoperatively (P = 0.02, P = 0.05, and P = 0.04, respectively). At 360 minutes, we also found significantly higher levels of perfusion in the intervention group in zones 4 and 5 (P = 0.05 and P = 0.03, respectively) compared with the controls. Comparing the perfusion at 360 to 60 minutes in the intervention group, we found a significant increase in microcirculation in all zones, which were not seen in the control group.Conclusion:PGE1 increased perfusion in the dermal random pattern flaps on rats.

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