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Tissue oxygen measurement & 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy in patients with muscle tension & fibromyalgia (FM)

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By Strobel ES, Krapf M, Suckfull M, Bruckle W, Fleckenstein W, Muller W • www.ProHealth.com • March 10, 1997


Muscle tissue oxygen tension was measured by a polarographic oxygen
fine-needle probe, and inorganic phosphate and creatine
phosphate spectra were recorded using magnetic resonance
spectroscopy in patients with chronic low back pain and in
patients with fibromyalgia. Results were compared with
healthy controls. The tissue oxygen tension was markedly
higher in those with tense muscles than in normal subjects.
Magnetic resonance spectra for inorganic phosphate were
higher in patients demonstrating muscle contraction, and
intracellular pH was shifted in the alkaline direction in
cases with increased muscle tension. Results show that
hypoxia is not the result of increased muscle tension, as was
thought previously, but results from oversupply of oxygen
demanded by the muscle, leading to increased capillary
perfusion and rising oxygen tension.




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