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The impact of selective visceral perfusion on intestinal macrohemodynamics and microhemodynamics in a porcine model of thoracic aortic cross-clamping.
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PMID:  22494690     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Despite its presumed effectiveness and clinical use, the physiology of selective visceral perfusion combined with distal aortic perfusion during open thoracoabdominal aortic surgery has not been characterized. Thus, the aim of this study was to establish a translatable model of thoracic aortic-clamping to assess the effect of selective visceral perfusion with added distal aortic perfusion on local intestinal macrohemodynamics and microhemodynamics, intestinal histopathology, and markers of inflammation and intestinal damage.
METHODS: A thoracolaparotomy was performed in 15 pigs, and the aorta was exposed, including the origins of celiac trunk and superior mesenteric artery. The animals were divided into three cohorts: control (I), thoracic aortic cross-clamping (II), and thoracic aortic cross-clamping with selective visceral perfusion plus distal aortic perfusion using extracorporeal circulation (III). Macrocirculatory and microcirculatory blood flow was assessed by transit time ultrasound volume flow measurements and fluorescent microspheres. Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury was determined by the analysis of perioperative intestinal fatty acid-binding protein (IFABP) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) levels and correlated with histopathologic changes.
RESULTS: Severe intestinal tissue injury and an inflammatory response were observed in cohort II compared with cohort III for IL-8 (38.2 vs 3.56 pg/mL; P = .04). The procedure in cohort III resulted in a flow and pressure-associated intestinal hypoperfusion compared with cohort I in the superior mesenteric artery (mean blood pressure, 24.1 ± 10.4 vs 67.2 ± 7.4 mm Hg; P < .0001; mean flow rates: 353.3 ± 133.8 vs 961.7 ± 310.8 mL/min; P < .0001). This was paralleled in cohort III vs cohort I by a significant mucosal injury (IFABP, 713 ± 307.1 vs 170 ± 115.4 pg/mL; P = .014) despite a profound recruitment of intestinal microcirculation (338% ± 206.7% vs 135% ± 123.7%; P = .05).
CONCLUSIONS: This study reports a novel large-animal model of thoracic aortic cross-clamping that allows the study of visceral perfusion strategies. However, we demonstrated with IL-8 and IFABP measurements that thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm surgery with selective visceral perfusion and distal aortic perfusion is superior to the clamp-and-sew technique, even though small intestinal tissue damage cannot be completely avoided by selective visceral perfusion and distal aortic perfusion. In any case, this model seems to be a platform to evaluate and optimize measures for gut wall protection.
Johannes Kalder; Paula Keschenau; Sebastiaan J Hanssen; Andreas Greiner; Iris C Vermeulen Windsant; Lieven N Kennes; Rene Tolba; Fritz W Prinzen; Wim A Buurman; Michael J Jacobs; Thomas A Koeppel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-04-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1097-6809     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-03     Completed Date:  2012-09-20     Revised Date:  2012-10-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
European Vascular Center Aachen-Maastricht, Department of Vascular Surgery, RWTH University Hospital Aachen, Aachen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic / surgery*
Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / surgery
Blood Flow Velocity
Extracorporeal Circulation
Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins / analysis
Interleukin-8 / analysis
Intestines / blood supply*
Models, Animal
Regional Blood Flow
Reperfusion Injury / prevention & control*
Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods*
Viscera / blood supply*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins; 0/Interleukin-8

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