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Increased transmucosal uptake of E. coli K12 in porcine small bowel following experimental short term abdominal compartment syndrome
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Department of Pathology, County Hospital, Kalmar, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2009 (English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Background: Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) may lead to bacterial translocation and possibly be of importance for development of multiorgan failure. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. In a porcine model we recently demonstrated preserved intestinal mucosal blood flow during experimental short duration ACS. In the present study we used the same model to determine mucosal barrier function and morphology in the small bowel and colon of pigs before and after short term ACS.

Methods: The study comprised 12 anaesthetized pigs exposed to experimental ACS and 6 control animals. Via laparotomy, samples of small bowel and colon were taken out for studies before short term ACS, where the abdomen was inflated with CO2 and IAP was increased stepwise by 10 mm Hg at 10-minute intervals up to 50 mm Hg, and again 10 minutes after exsufflation. Mucosal microcirculation was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry, and mucosal tissues were mounted in modified Ussing chambers for assessment of barrier function (E. coli K12 uptake and 51Cr-EDTA permeability). Specimens were also fixed in formaldehyde, stained with eosin-hematoxylin and evaluated blindly using an 8-grade scale for assessment of mucosal damage.

Results: Transmucosal passage of E. coli was three-fold increased in the small bowel after ACS (22.6 [18.2 – 54.4] units) vs. baseline (8.1 [2.0 – 13.9]; P< 0.050) with a significant correlation to alterations of mucosal microcirculation. In the colon bacterial passage was unchanged, whereas 51Cr-EDTA permeability after ACS increased to 181% of baseline (P<0.05) and was correlated to significant mucosal histopathological changes (P<0.03).

Conclusion: Short term ACS with reperfusion induced significant dysfunction of the intestinal mucosal barrier. The response patterns concerning barrier dysfunction differed between small bowel and colonic mucosa, with increased bacterial passage and paracellular permeability, respectively.

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2009.
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Short term ACS, intestinal barrier function, animal model, Ussing chamber
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17795OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17795DiVA: diva2:212087
Available from: 2009-04-21 Created: 2009-04-21 Last updated: 2010-04-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Experimental studies on Damage Control Surgery and Intraabdominal Hypertension
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Damage control surgery (DCS) offers an alternative to the traditional surgical management of complex or multiple injuries in critically injured patients. If a patient survives the initial phase of DCS, complications may occur, one of these being intraabdominal hypertension (IAH) and it´s potential development into the abdominal compartment syndrome.

The indications for DCS have been widened and DCS principles can be applied in situations where time and resources are essential factors. The DCS principles of rapidly controlling intestinal spillage have not been evaluated. The aim of the studies in Papers I and II was to evaluate the principles of spillage control of intestinal contents according to the DCS concept and more specifically the effects of early rapid control of multiple bowel perforations on cardiovascular and pulmonary function compared with conventional small bowel resections in an animal model with abdominal trauma. In Paper I the animal model using anaesthetised pigs included a gunshot wound to the abdomen which caused multiple small bowel injuries. Haemorrhagic shock was combined with the gunshot wound in Paper II. The results presented in Paper I showed a significant reduction in rise in systemic vascular resistance and pulmonary vascular resistance, and a trend towards higher cardiac output and lower oxygen consumption in the bowel ligation group. In Paper II the results show a longer persistence of lactic acidaemia in the bowel ligation group. The aim of the study in Paper III was to assess visceral (intestinal, gastric and renal) microcirculation parallel with central haemodynamics and respiratory function during stepwise increases in intraabdominal pressure. In Paper IV we studied mucosal barrier function and morphology in the small bowel and colon of the pigs which were subjected to IAH. The IAP in anaesthetised pigs was increased stepwise using CO2 inflation, by 10 mm Hg at 10-minute intervals up to 50 mm Hg, and followed by exsufflation (Paper III). The microcirculation was selectively studied using a 4-channel laser Doppler flowmeter (Periflex 5000, Perimed, Sweden). The mucosal tissues were mounted in modified Ussing chambers for assessment of barrier function (E.coli K12 uptake and 51Cr-EDTA permeability) (Paper IV). The results showed that the microcirculation of the small bowel mucosa and colon mucosa was significantly less affected compared to the seromuscular layers. The microcirculation of gastric mucosa, renal cortex and the seromuscular layer of small bowel and colon were significantly reduced with each increase. Cardiac output (CO) decreased significantly at IAP levels above 10 mm Hg and the respiratory function data showed an increasing airway pressure and a concomitant reduction in thoracic compliance. Transmucosal passage of E. coli was increased three-fold in the small bowel after ACS with a significant correlation to the degree of mucosal microcirculatory reperfusion after exsufflation. 51Cr-EDTA permeability was unaffected. Bacterial passage in the colon was unchanged, whereas 51Cr-EDTA permeability after ACS increased by up to 181% of baseline and was correlated to significant histopathological changes in the mucosa.

In Paper I we have demonstrated that early rapid control of multiple bowel perforations in a model with moderate shock resulted in less impairment of SVR and PVR than conventional resection and anastomosis. The use of DCS principles, however, had no beneficial effect on cardiovascular function when haemorrhagic shock was combined with abdominal missile trauma (Paper II), on the contrary bowel ligation was followed by more prolonged lactic acidosis than conventional repair. The studies in Paper III and IV indicate that the microcirculation of intestinal mucosa and especially small bowel mucosa seem better preserved in response to intraabdominal hypertension caused by CO2 insufflation than other intraabdominal microvascular beds. The short term ACS in this model caused morphological changes in the intestinal mucosa, and mucosal barrier dysfunction. The response pattern concerning barrier function changes after CO2 insufflation differs between small bowel and colonic mucosa. The small bowel mucosa showed increased bacterial passage, and the colonic mucosa an increase in paracellular permeability and secretory response.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2008. 73 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1085
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17796 (URN)978-91-7393-775-7 (ISBN)
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2008-11-14, Katastrofmedicinskt Centrum, Campus US, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2009-04-21 Created: 2009-04-21 Last updated: 2012-05-09Bibliographically approved

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