Changes with time in skin temperature of the shoulders in healthy controls and a patient with shoulder-hand syndrome

  • YOICHI KOIKE Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Sendai Hospital, Yagiyama Honcyo, Taihaku-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • HIROTAKA SANO Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, 1-1, Seiryo, Aoba-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • ITARU IMAMURA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Sendai Hospital, Yagiyama Honcyo, Taihaku-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • MASAKO GOTO Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Sendai Hospital, Yagiyama Honcyo, Taihaku-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • MASAMIZU OOYAMA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Sendai Hospital, Yagiyama Honcyo, Taihaku-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • ATUSHI KITA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Sendai Hospital, Yagiyama Honcyo, Taihaku-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Keywords: Complications, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), rotator cuff surgery, shoulder-hand syndrome (SHS), skin temperature

Abstract

Background. Abnormal skin temperature in the shoulder is caused by various diseases. A thermography is unable to capture temperature changes over time. In contrast, a Thermocron is an effective measuring device to monitor temperature changes over time.

Purposes. The purposes of this study employing a Thermocron were to measure shoulder skin temperature over time in healthy subjects and to detect shoulder skin temperature abnormalities in a patient with shoulder-hand syndrome.

Subjects and methods. Subjects comprised 10 healthy volunteers (20 shoulders; 4 men and 6 women, mean age 54 years). For measurements, a Thermocron was attached on both shoulders. Measurements were made from 21.00 to 07.00 the following morning at 15-minute intervals.

Results. Gradual difference in right and left shoulder skin temperature was observed with the timing of measurements but no significant difference was apparent, i.e. dominant side 34.9 ± 0.8°C, non-dominant side 34.9 ± 0.9°C (P = 0.28).

Presentation of a case with shoulder-hand syndrome. A 54-year-old woman with the diagnosis of rotator cuff tear underwent surgical treatment of rotator cuff repair, but the pain of the operated shoulder persisted due to phase 1 shoulder-hand syndrome. In postoperative week 3, skin temperature measurement using Thermocrons demonstrated a significant decrease in temperature on the operated side (affected side 34.3 ± 0.4°C, healthy side 35.2 ± 0.3°C; P < 0.05).

Conclusion. The changing of the skin temperature during night-time was successfully recorded both in the healthy subjects and a case with shoulder-hand syndrome using a Thermocron.

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Published
2010-09-22
How to Cite
KOIKE, Y., SANO, H., IMAMURA, I., GOTO, M., OOYAMA, M., & KITA, A. (2010). Changes with time in skin temperature of the shoulders in healthy controls and a patient with shoulder-hand syndrome. Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, 115(4), 260–265. https://doi.org/10.3109/03009734.2010.503354
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