Thresholds for thermal damage to normal tissues: an update.

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Journal Article (Review)

The purpose of this review is to summarise a literature survey on thermal thresholds for tissue damage. This review covers published literature for the consecutive years from 2002-2009. The first review on this subject was published in 2003. It included an extensive discussion of how to use thermal dosimetric principles to normalise all time-temperature data histories to a common format. This review utilises those same principles to address sensitivity of a variety of tissues, but with particular emphasis on brain and testis. The review includes new data on tissues that were not included in the original review. Several important observations have come from this review. First, a large proportion of the papers examined for this review were discarded because time-temperature history at the site of thermal damage assessment was not recorded. It is strongly recommended that future research on this subject include such data. Second, very little data is available examining chronic consequences of thermal exposure. On a related point, the time of assessment of damage after exposure is critically important for assessing whether damage is transient or permanent. Additionally, virtually no data are available for repeated thermal exposures which may occur in certain recreational or occupational activities. For purposes of regulatory guidelines, both acute and lasting effects of thermal damage should be considered.

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Cited Authors

  • Yarmolenko, PS; Moon, EJ; Landon, C; Manzoor, A; Hochman, DW; Viglianti, BL; Dewhirst, MW

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 320 - 343

PubMed ID

  • 21591897

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21591897

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-5157

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/02656736.2010.534527

Language

  • eng