Effects of low abdominal blood flow and dobutamine on blood flow distribution and on the hepatic arterial buffer response in anaesthetized pigs

Brander, Lukas; Jakob, Stephan M; Knuesel, Rafael; Savolainen, Hannu; Widmer, Matthias K; Schmidli, Juerg; Takala, Jukka (2006). Effects of low abdominal blood flow and dobutamine on blood flow distribution and on the hepatic arterial buffer response in anaesthetized pigs. Shock, 25(4), pp. 402-13. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/01.0000217813.50104.5d

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Low cardiac output impairs the hepatic arterial buffer response (HABR). Whether this is due to low abdominal blood flow per se is not known. Dobutamine is commonly used to increase cardiac output, and it may further modify hepatosplanchnic and renal vasoregulation. We assessed the effects of isolated abdominal aortic blood flow changes and dobutamine on hepatosplanchnic and renal blood flow. Twenty-five anesthetized pigs with an abdominal aorto-aortic shunt were randomized to 2 control groups [zero (n = 6) and minimal (n = 6) shunt flow], and 2 groups with 50% reduction of abdominal blood flow and either subsequent increased abdominal blood flow by shunt reduction (n = 6) or dobutamine infusion at 5 and 10 microg kg(-1) min(-1) with constant shunt flow (n = 7). Regional (ultrasound) and local (laser Doppler) intra-abdominal blood flows were measured. The HABR was assessed during acute portal vein occlusion. Sustained low abdominal blood flow, by means of shunt activation, decreased liver, gut, and kidney blood flow similarly and reduced local microcirculatory blood flow in the jejunum. Shunt flow reduction partially restored regional blood flows but not jejunal microcirculatory blood flow. Low-but not high-dose dobutamine increased gut and celiac trunk flow whereas hepatic artery and renal blood flows remained unchanged. Neither intervention altered local blood flows. The HABR was not abolished during sustained low abdominal blood flow despite substantially reduced hepatic arterial blood flow and was not modified by dobutamine. Low-but not high-dose dobutamine redistributes blood flow toward the gut and celiac trunk. The jejunal microcirculatory flow, once impaired, is difficult to restore.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

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Brander, Lukas, Jakob, Stephan, Savolainen, Hannu Olavi, Schmidli, Jürg, Takala, Jukka






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04 Oct 2013 14:48

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