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The aim of this study was to observe the microcirculation characteristics of the humanfiliform papillae in healthy patients in vivo.Twenty healthy patients were examined using lingual capillaroscopy to investigatethe characteristics of microcirculation of the human filiform papillae.Visibility, course, tortuosity, as well as the possible presence of microhemorrhages,the average caliber of the capillary loops and the number of visible capillary loops persquare millimeter were evaluated for each patient.The investigation was simple, non-invasive and repeatable for each patient.Microcirculation architecture was characterized by a network of capillaries inpolygonal mesh with parallel orientation in regard to the surface. Rare microhemorrhageswere observed. The caliber of visible capillary loops was 12.5071.46 mm(mean7SD). The number of visible capillaries was 9.8871.06 (mean7SD).Our study shows that capillaroscopy of lingual filiform papillae is a practicablemethod. Future studies might evaluate whether microcirculation in that area iscompromised or not during systemic pathologies involving peripheral microcirculationalterations. This method could also be applied to the study of microcirculation inpathologies which strictly pertain to the dental stomatological field.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)183-186
Numero di pagine4
RivistaAnnals of Anatomy
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology

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