Intestinal ischaemia is implicated in the pathogenesis of severe acute pancreatitis, a disorder characterized by acinar necrosis. To study the relationship between pancreatic and intestinal microvascular perfusion during 40 min of intestinal ischaemia and 30 min of reperfusion in rodents with acute pancreatitis, a model utilizing laser Doppler flowmetry was developed. It is reported here together with practical solutions for (1) a modified method of vessel cannulation; (2) a novel method for the temperature-controlled optical coupling between laser Doppler probes and rodent tissues, and (3) a simple technique of inducing intestinal ischaemia-reperfusion while continuously monitoring the microvascular perfusion in both pancreas and intestine. The utility of the model is demonstrated in a pilot study that showed that the pancreatic perfusion fell acutely to 58% (p = 0.029) of baseline during the intestinal reperfusion phase. This reduced perfusion continued for 30 min despite recovery of both the intestinal perfusion and the mean arterial blood pressure to baseline levels.
|Journal||European surgical research. Europäische chirurgische Forschung. Recherches chirurgicales européennes|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|