Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Distribution of the Euro-Collins solution in swine lungs, given through different rapid perfusion routes: a comparative study

Distribuição da solução Euro-Collins em pulmões de porcos ministrada por diferentes vias de perfusão rápida: estudo comparativo

José Bitu-Moreno, Ieda Francischetti, Ralph Siemer, Georg Matheis, Rufus Baretti, Francisco Humberto de Abreu Maffei, Friedhelm Beyersdorf

J Bras Pneumol.1997;23(2):71-78

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Bronchial healing remains one of the dominant issues in lung transplantation. Among other factors, the quality of airway protection during procurement may contribute to improve bronchial healing. In most centers lung preservation is performed using the pulmonary artery (PA) flush perfusion (FP). The present study was performed to investigate the influence of different routes of perfusion on the distribution of Euro-Collins solution (EUC) in lung parenchyma and upper airways in swine. The animals were divided into 4 groups, 1 without FP; Control (n=6), and the others with EUC delivery via: pulmonary artery (PA) (n=6); pulmonary and bronchial arteries simultaneously (PA+BA) (n=8), and pulmonary veins (PV). Lungs and airways were assessed by the following methods: dye-labeled microspheres for total and regional perfusion, tissue water content, and lung temperature. There was no significant difference in total lung flow between PA+BA and PA, both superior to the PV group. Flow in the proximal and distal trachea were significantly increased: PA+BA (0.970 ± 0.4 and 0.380 ± 0.2 mL/min/g, respectively); PA ( 0.023 ± 0.007 and 0.024 ± 0.07 mL/min/g, respectively); PV (0.009 ± 0.003 and 0.021 ± 0.006 mL/min/g respectively) and Control experiments (0.125 ± 0.0018 and 0.105 ±0.012 mL/min/g, respectively). The highest flow rates in the right main bronchus were achieved by PA+BA (1.04 ± 0.4 mL/min/g) as comparison to Control, PA, and PV groups (0.11 ± 0.03, 0.033 ± 0.008, and 0.019 ± 0.005 mL/min/g, respectively). Flows in the left main bronchus were significantly increased by PA+BA (0.97 ± 0.3 mL/min/g), as comparison to control, PA and PV groups (0.09 ± 0.02, 0.045 ± 0.012, and 0.027 ± 0.006 mL/min/g, respectively). In conclusion, these data showed that the distribution of EUC in airways of swine is significantly improved by PA+BA perfusion.


Keywords: Lung transplantation. Flush perfusion. Bronchial circulation. Bronchial complications.




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