Prosthesis intolerance in patients with transfemoral amputation: A videocapillaroscopic study

Claudio Macchi, Silvia Cassigoli, Raffaele Molino Lova, Aurelio Roccuzzo, Benedetta Miniati, Simone Ceppatelli, Andrea A. Conti, Gian Franco Gensini

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Videocapillaroscopy is a new technique allowing a noninvasive examination of the capillary framework of the skin by using a contact probe with magnifying lenses and a cold-light epiluminescence system. The aim of this article was to investigate, by videocapillaroscopy, the microcirculation of the skin of the stump in 70 consecutive patients with unilateral transfemoral amputation. Patients were divided into two subgroups according to their tolerance (A) or intolerance (B) to a prosthesis with an Icelandic-Swedish-New York socket. Subgroup A included 48 patients, 17 diabetic and 31 nondiabetic, and subgroup B included 22 patients, 16 diabetic and 6 nondiabetic. In subgroup B, the caliber of capillary loops was significantly larger (mean ± standard deviation, 23.6 ± 2.04 vs. 16.2 ± 1.96 μm; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-491
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


  • Amputation Stumps
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Microcirculation
  • Microscopic Angioscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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