Cutaneous laser-Doppler flowmetry: Influence of underlying muscle blood flow

J. L. Saumet, D. L. Kellogg, W. F. Taylor, J. M. Johnson

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To find whether the measurement of skin blood flow (SkBF) by laser-Doppler flowmetry (LDF) is influenced by blood flow to underlying skeletal muscle, five subjects performed mild forearm exercise to induce a metabolic hyperemia in muscle in both forearms. This exercise consisted of alternative opening and closing of both hands at a frequency of ~1/s for a duration of 3 min. This exercise was performed twice by each subject. Forearm blood flow (FBF) by plethysmography increased from 2.64 ± 0.49 (rest) to 31.11 ± 9.95 ml·100 ml-1·min-1 (immediately after exercise) (P < 0.001). No statistically significant postexercise increase was observed in LDF measured on the dorsal (110 ± 21 to 105 ± 21 mV) or ventral surface (266 ± 113 to 246 ± 77 mV) of the forearm. LDF measured from the chest also showed no significant change, indicating that the exercise was too mild to have reflex effects on SkBF. Moreover, the slope of the logarithmic linear regression and the half-time for recovery during the postexercise period for FBF were not reflected in LDF measurements from any of the three sites. We conclude that LDF measured from the skin surface is not influenced by blood flow to underlying skeletal muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-481
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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