Sample records for rat thoracic ducts

  1. Thoracic Duct Narrowing-Innovative Technique Restraining Weight Gain in Rats.

    Rosenzweig, Barak; Barshack, Iris; Harats, Dror; Shaish, Aviv


    The lymphatic system is responsible for the absorption of fats from the digestive system, conveying 60-70 % of ingested fat to the blood stream. From the anatomical point of view, all the lymphatic drainage from the lower half of the body converges in the abdomen to enter the thoracic duct. This experimental study aim was to study the result of thoracic duct narrowing (TDN), an innovative surgical technique, on weight gain restrain in high-fat diet-fed rats. Forty-seven rats were allocated into three groups: thoracic duct narrowing ("S"-surgery), sham operation ("CS"-control surgery), and no surgery ("C"-control). All rats were fed with high-fat, cholesterol-rich diet. Food consumption and metabolic syndrome parameters including weight gain, plasma lipids and glucose, blood pressure, and viscera weight and histopathology were analyzed. Thoracic duct narrowing was proved simple and safe surgical procedure in the rat model. TDN induced weight gain restrain, associated with mild hepatic steatosis compared to moderate-severe hepatic steatosis in control groups. Splenomegaly and splenic fatty histiocytes were shown in the treated animals. TDN improved several parameters of the metabolic syndrome in high-fat diet-fed rats. TDN carries the potential of innovative obesity treatment using the lymphatic route of lipid absorption.

  2. Quantification of the passive and active biaxial mechanical behaviour and microstructural organization of rat thoracic ducts.

    Caulk, Alexander W; Nepiyushchikh, Zhanna V; Shaw, Ryan; Dixon, J Brandon; Gleason, Rudolph L


    Mechanical loading conditions are likely to play a key role in passive and active (contractile) behaviour of lymphatic vessels. The development of a microstructurally motivated model of lymphatic tissue is necessary for quantification of mechanically mediated maladaptive remodelling in the lymphatic vasculature. Towards this end, we performed cylindrical biaxial testing of Sprague-Dawley rat thoracic ducts (n = 6) and constitutive modelling to characterize their mechanical behaviour. Spontaneous contraction was quantified at transmural pressures of 3, 6 and 9 cmH2O. Cyclic inflation in calcium-free saline was performed at fixed axial stretches between 1.30 and 1.60, while recording pressure, outer diameter and axial force. A microstructurally motivated four-fibre family constitutive model originally proposed by Holzapfel et al. (Holzapfel et al. 2000 J. Elast. 61, 1-48. (doi:10.1023/A:1010835316564)) was used to quantify the passive mechanical response, and the model of Rachev and Hayashi was used to quantify the active (contractile) mechanical response. The average error between data and theory was 8.9 ± 0.8% for passive data and 6.6 ± 2.6% and 6.8 ± 3.4% for the systolic and basal conditions, respectively, for active data. Multi-photon microscopy was performed to quantify vessel wall thickness (32.2 ± 1.60 µm) and elastin and collagen organization for three loading conditions. Elastin exhibited structural 'fibre families' oriented nearly circumferentially and axially. Sample-to-sample variation was observed in collagen fibre distributions, which were often non-axisymmetric, suggesting material asymmetry. In closure, this paper presents a microstructurally motivated model that accurately captures the biaxial active and passive mechanical behaviour in lymphatics and offers potential for future research to identify parameters contributing to mechanically mediated disease development. © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.

  3. Levels of miRNA and Hormones in Thoracic Duct Lymph in Rats with Experimental Breast Cancer Induced by N-Methyl-N-Nitrosourea.

    Lykov, A P; Kabakov, A V; Kazakov, O V; Bondarenko, N A; Poveshchenko, O V; Raiter, T V; Poveshchenko, A F; Strunkin, D N; Konenkov, V I


    We studied hormone levels in the thoracic duct lymph and expression of miRNA involved in the pathogenesis of breast cancer induced in rats by intramammary injection of N-methyl-Nnitrosourea. The correlations between miRNA expression and hormone levels depended on the type of treatment.

  4. Dietary guar gum reduces lymph flow and diminishes lipid transport in thoracic duct-cannulated rats.

    Shirouchi, Bungo; Kawamura, Sayaka; Matsuoka, Ryosuke; Baba, Sanae; Nagata, Kazuko; Shiratake, Sawako; Tomoyori, Hiroko; Imaizumi, Katsumi; Sato, Masao


    Guar gum has a well-recognized hypolipidemic effect. This effect is thought to be due to the physicochemical properties of guar gum, which may cause changes in adsorption of lipids or the viscosity of the intestinal contents. Guar gum is a non-specific absorption inhibitor of any type of lipid-soluble compound. Permanent lymph duct cannulation was performed on rats to investigate the effects of dietary guar gum on lymph flow and lipid transport. Rats fed a 5% guar gum diet were compared with those fed a 5% cellulose diet, and lymph was collected after feeding. The water-holding capacity (WHC), settling volume in water (SV), and viscosity of guar gum were compared with those of cellulose. Rats fed with the guar gum diet had significantly lower lymph flow and lymphatic lipid transport than did rats fed with the cellulose diet. The WHC, SV, and viscosity of guar gum were significantly higher than those of cellulose. We propose that dietary guar gum reduces lymph flow and thereby diminishes lipid transport by means of its physicochemical properties related to water behavior in the intestine.

  5. Idiopathic chylopericardium treated by percutaneous thoracic duct embolization after failed surgical thoracic duct ligation

    Courtney, Malachi; Ayyagari, Raj R. [Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT (United States); Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, 789 Howard Avenue, P.O. Box 208042, New Haven, CT (United States)


    Chylopericardium rarely occurs in pediatric patients, but when it does it is most often a result of lymphatic injury during cardiothoracic surgery. Primary idiopathic chylopericardium is especially rare, with few cases in the pediatric literature. We report a 10-year-old boy who presented with primary idiopathic chylopericardium after unsuccessful initial treatment with surgical lymphatic ligation and creation of a pericardial window. Following readmission to the hospital for a right-side chylothorax resulting from the effluent from the pericardial window, he had successful treatment by interventional radiology with percutaneous thoracic duct embolization. This case illustrates the utility of thoracic duct embolization as a less-invasive alternative to surgical thoracic duct ligation, or as a salvage procedure when surgical ligation fails. (orig.)

  6. [Inadvertent thoracic duct puncture during right axially central venous cannulation].

    Kawashima, Shingo; Itagaki, Taiga; Adachi, Yushi; Ishii, Yasuhiro; Taniguchi, Midzuki; Doi, Matsuyuki; Sato, Shigehito


    A case of inadvertent thoracic duct puncture during right axially central venous cannulation is reported. The catheterization was performed under the real time ultrasound guidance technique and the coronal view image was continuously displayed. After confirming the feelings of venous puncture, clear yellow fluid was aspired into the connected syringe to the needle. Initially, an accidental thoracic puncture with subsequent pleural fluid aspiration was suspected;however, no finding of pleural effusion was observed with ultrasound imaging and computed tomography. Thus, an accidental thoracic duct puncture and the subsequent lymph fluid aspiration were suspected. Even in a right side approach for central venous catheterization, thoracic duct injury might ensure.

  7. Blunted flow-mediated responses and diminished nitric oxide synthase expression in lymphatic thoracic ducts of a rat model of metabolic syndrome.

    Zawieja, Scott D; Gasheva, Olga; Zawieja, David C; Muthuchamy, Mariappan


    Shear-dependent inhibition of lymphatic thoracic duct (TD) contractility is principally mediated by nitric oxide (NO). Endothelial dysfunction and poor NO bioavailability are hallmarks of vasculature dysfunction in states of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (MetSyn). We tested the hypothesis that flow-dependent regulation of lymphatic contractility is impaired under conditions of MetSyn. We utilized a 7-wk high-fructose-fed male Sprague-Dawley rat model of MetSyn and determined the stretch- and flow-dependent contractile responses in an isobaric ex vivo TD preparation. TD diameters were tracked and contractile parameters were determined in response to different transmural pressures, imposed flow, exogenous NO stimulation by S-nitro-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP), and inhibition of NO synthase (NOS) by l-nitro-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) and the reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging molecule 4-hydroxy-tempo (tempol). Expression of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) in TD was determined using Western blot. Approximately 25% of the normal flow-mediated inhibition of contraction frequency was lost in TDs isolated from MetSyn rats despite a comparable SNAP response. Inhibition of NOS with l-NAME abolished the differences in the shear-dependent contraction frequency regulation between control and MetSyn TDs, whereas tempol did not restore the flow responses in MetSyn TDs. We found a significant reduction in eNOS expression in MetSyn TDs suggesting that diminished NO production is partially responsible for impaired flow response. Thus our data provide the first evidence that MetSyn conditions diminish eNOS expression in TD endothelium, thereby affecting the flow-mediated changes in TD lymphatic function.

  8. Successful Thoracic Duct Ligation for Plastic Bronchitis in an Adult.

    Hess, Nicholas R; Piercecchi, Christopher; Desai, Nikita; Fisher, Micah R; Lee, Eun-Hyung; Force, Seth D


    Plastic bronchitis is a rare and potentially life-threatening disease characterized by the development of obstructive fibrinous tracheobronchial casts and hypoxic respiratory failure. With its poorly understood cause and rare occurrence in the adult population, few treatment strategies have been described in adults with this condition. In this report, we present a case of successful treatment of an adult with plastic bronchitis, using thoracic duct ligation and resulting in full resolution of airway cast development. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Scintigraphic demonstration of the thoracic duct following oral ingestion of 123I-heptadecanoic acid

    Hvid-Jacobsen, K; Thomsen, H S; Nielsen, S L


    A new noninvasive method for scintigraphic demonstration of the anatomic localization and function of the thoracic duct is described. Seven volunteers ingested 123I-heptadecanoic acid; approximately one hour later the entire thoracic duct was demonstrated and correspondingly a sharp rise in the p......A new noninvasive method for scintigraphic demonstration of the anatomic localization and function of the thoracic duct is described. Seven volunteers ingested 123I-heptadecanoic acid; approximately one hour later the entire thoracic duct was demonstrated and correspondingly a sharp rise...

  10. [Complications of thyroid surgery: cervical thoracic duct injuries].

    Avenia, N; Sanguinetti, A; Santoprete, S; Monacelli, M; Cirocchi, R; Lucchini, R; Galasse, S; Calzolari, F; Urbani, M; D'Ajello, F; Puma, F


    Thoracic duct injury is uncommon in surgery of the neck: relatively more common after laryngeal and esophageal surgery, rare in thyroid surgery. From January 1986 to June 2009 were treated 14 patients with lesions of the cervical thoracic duct undergo surgery for thyroid disease: 4 goitre cervico-mediastinal and 10 total thyroidectomy for cancer, 9 of which have laterocervical left lymphadenectomy. In 2 cases, the intraoperative detection has allowed immediate ligature. In 12 patients a cervical chylous fistula without chilothorax was found: 5 low-flow fistulas and 7 high-flow fistulas. Of the 5 cases of low-flow fistula, 4 were recovered after 1 month of conservative treatment, only 1 patient required surgical correction. The 7 patients with high-flow fistula were undergoing surgery: 4 in the first week post-operative and 3 after a period of more than 30 days of medical therapy. In patients with high-flow fistula prolonged medical treatment does not provide benefit and increase the risk of complications during and after surgery.

  11. Thoracic Duct Chylous Fistula Following Severe Electric Injury Combined with Sulfuric Acid Burns: A Case Report

    Chang, Fei; Cheng, Dasheng; Qian, Mingyuan; Lu, Wei; Li, Huatao; Tang, Hongtai; Xia, Zhaofan


    Patient: Male, 32 Final Diagnosis: Thoracic duct chylous fistula Symptoms: Fistula Medication: — Clinical Procedure: A boneless muscle flap transplantatio Specialty: — Objective: Rare disease Background: As patients with thoracic duct injuries often suffer from severe local soft tissue defects, integrated surgical treatment is needed to achieve damage repair and wound closure. However, thoracic duct chylous fistula is rare in burn patients, although it typically involves severe soft tissue damage in the neck or chest. Case Report: A 32-year-old male patient fell after accidentally contacting an electric current (380 V) and knocked over a barrel of sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid continuously poured onto his left neck and chest, causing combined electrical and sulfuric acid burn injuries to his anterior and posterior torso, and various parts of his limbs (25% of his total body surface area). During treatment, chylous fistula developed in the left clavicular region, which we diagnosed as thoracic duct chylous fistula. We used diet control, intravenous nutritional support, and continuous somatostatin to reduce the chylous fistula output, and hydrophilic silver ion-containing dressings for wound coverage. A boneless muscle flap was used to seal the left clavicular cavity, and, integrated, these led to resolution of the chylous fistula. Conclusions: Patients with severe electric or chemical burns in the neck or chest may be complicated with thoracic duct injuries. Although conservative treatment can control chylous fistula, wound cavity filling using a muscle flap is an effective approach for wound healing. PMID:27725628

  12. Thoracoscopic management of thoracic duct injury: Is there a place for conservatism?

    Kumar S


    Full Text Available Thoracic duct injury is a rare but serious complication following chest surgeries and major neck dissections. Clinically, it can present as cervical chylous fistula, chylothorax or chylopericardium. Without treatment, the mortality is up to 50% and thus, early aggressive therapy is indicated. Traditional conservative management includes low-fat diet, parenteral nutrition, careful monitoring of fluid and electrolytes, and drainage of the neck wound or chylothorax. Patients with failed conservative management require definitive treatment in the form of ligation of the thoracic duct, which has traditionally been done by thoracotomy. The advent of Video-Assisted-Thoracoscopic-Surgery (VATS over the last decade has changed the approach towards the management of numerous chest diseases. Thoracoscopic ligation of the thoracic duct has also been reported. We report herein a case of postoperative cervical chylous fistula managed successfully by VATS thoracic duct ligation and present a systematic analysis of the English literature to highlight the current trends in the management of thoracic duct injury.

  13. HOXC9 regulates formation of parachordal lymphangioplasts and the thoracic duct in zebrafish via stabilin 2.

    Sandra J Stoll

    Full Text Available HOXC9 belongs to the family of homeobox transcription factors, which are regulators of body patterning and development. HOXC9 acts as a negative regulator on blood endothelial cells but its function on lymphatic vessel development has not been studied. The hyaluronan receptor homologs stabilin 1 and stabilin 2 are expressed in endothelial cells but their role in vascular development is poorly understood. This study was aimed at investigating the function of HOXC9, stabilin 2 and stabilin 1 in lymphatic vessel development in zebrafish and in endothelial cells. Morpholino-based expression silencing of HOXC9 repressed parachordal lymphangioblast assembly and thoracic duct formation in zebrafish. HOXC9 positively regulated stabilin 2 expression in zebrafish and in HUVECs and expression silencing of stabilin 2 phenocopied the HOXC9 morphant vascular phenotype. This effect could be compensated by HOXC9 mRNA injection in stabilin 2 morphant zebrafish embryos. Stabilin 1 also regulated parachordal lymphangioblast and thoracic duct formation in zebrafish but acts independently of HOXC9. On a cellular level stabilin 1 and stabilin 2 regulated endothelial cell migration and in-gel sprouting angiogenesis in endothelial cells. HOXC9 was identified as novel transcriptional regulator of parachordal lymphangioblast assembly and thoracic duct formation in zebrafish that acts via stabilin 2. Stabilin 1, which acts independently of HOXC9, has a similar function in zebrafish and both receptors control important cellular processes in endothelial cells.

  14. Successful treatment of familial congenital chylothorax by ligation of the thoracic duct: A case report

    Leopoldini Dori


    Full Text Available A full term boy was admitted with respiratory distress in the fourth week of his life due to spontaneous chylothorax in his right hemithorax. Spontaneous chylothorax occurred previously in a first cousin of the neonate establishing that way the final diagnosis of familial idiopathic congenital pneumothorax. Failure of the conservative treatment consisting of chest tube drainage, discontinuation of oral diet and administration of total parenteral nutrition in combination with octreotide for one month was followed by the successful ligation of the thoracic duct through a right thoracotomy. The boy still remains free of symptoms and without recurrence of the chylothorax two years later.

  15. Lymphoscintigraphy SPECT/CT: Instrumental Navigator in Repair of Thoracic Duct Injury

    Abaziz, Aini; Yusop, Syahrir M. [Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Tahir, Mohd Fadzil Mohd; Lim, Yew Cheng [Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Gallowitsch, Hans-Jurgen [Nuclear Medicine and PETCT Centre, Klagenfurt (Australia)


    A 25-year-old female underwent resection of a large mediastinal tumour which was complicated by copious chylothorax, being worse on the left side. Minimally-in-vasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) via a left-sided approach was performed and the severed ends of the thoracic duct were ligated. This only achieved temporary reduction of the amount of chylothorax, leading to a second attempt to repair the persistent leak. This prompted the surgeon to take a different approach from the previous two attempts. It was deemed too risky and potentially futile to further attempt to go after the leakage sites bilaterally. Hence, the surgeon performed a right thoracotomy to ligate the thoracic duct proximal to the leakage sites at the aortic hiatus. this successfully stopped the leak permanently. Planar lymphoscintigraphy lacks accurate anatomical depiction which SPECT-CT could offer. Conversely, anatomical imaging failed to locate the site of the leak. SPECT/CT Lymphoscintigraphy overcomes the limitation of either imaging alone, and has been reported to be valuable in documenting and depicting sites of injury. In this case, the SPECT-CT depiction and confirmation of bilateral leakage sites was pivotal in guiding the surgeon to take a different approach and achieve a permanent solution to the persistent chloroethoxy.

  16. Identification of Interstitial Cajal-Like Cells in the Human Thoracic Duct

    Briggs Boedtkjer, Donna; Rumessen, Jüri; Baandrup, Ulrik;


    Interstitial Cajal-like cells (ICLCs) are speculated to be pacemakers in smooth muscle tissues. While the human thoracic duct (TD) is spontaneously active, the origin of this activity is unknown. We hypothesized that ICLCs could be present in the TD and using histological techniques, immunohistoc...... spindle shapes. Confocal imaging with calcium-dependent fluorophores corroborated cell morphology and localization observed in fixed tissues. Lymphatic ICLCs thus constitute a significant cell type of the human TD and physically interact with lymphatic SMCs......., immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence we have investigated the presence of ICLCs, protein markers for ICLCs and the cellular morphology of the human TD. Transmission electron microscopy was employed to investigate ultrastructure. Methylene blue staining, calcium-dependent fluorophores and confocal microscopy...

  17. Unexpected metastasis of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the bile duct into thoracic cavity with direct extension: Case report

    Kim, Eung Tae; Heo, Jeong Nam; Park, Choong Ki [Hanyang Univ. Guri Hospital, Guri (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Yo Won; Jeon, Seok Chol [Hanyang Univ. Seoul Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) is known to arise from intraductal proliferation of mucinous cells with findings of marked dilatation of the biliary or pancreatic duct. There are reports of the metastasis and extension of pancreatic IPMN. However, cases of biliary IPMN with direct metastasis, or metastasis to distant locations, are rare. We present a case of metastasis of biliary IPMN with unexpected direct extension into the thoracic cavity, and we attempt to account for the mechanism of this extension.

  18. Calcium influx pathways in rat pancreatic ducts

    Hug, M J; Pahl, C; Novak, I


    A number of agonists increase intracellular Ca2+ activity, [Ca2+]i, in pancreatic ducts, but the influx/efflux pathways and intracellular Ca2+ stores in this epithelium are unknown. The aim of the present study was to characterise the Ca2+ influx pathways, especially their pH sensitivity, in nati...

  19. External thoracic duct-venous shunt in conscious pigs for long term studies of connective tissue metabolites in lymph

    Jensen, L T; Olesen, H P; Risteli, J


    An experimental animal model for lymph studies is described. Thoracic duct-venous shunt was established in 12 pigs. Shunt patency averaged 5.5 days. The composition of connective tissue metabolites in lymph and serum were investigated during a standardized surgical operation (thoracotomy) under...... is a major route of tissue clearance for these components. The lymph/serum ratio of PICP was 1.0 in conscious pigs, indicating a direct release into the circulation. Total protein in lymph decreased (p less than 0.04) during surgery/anesthesia, whereas no changes were observed in serum. Pigs can be used...

  20. Successful treatment of plastic bronchitis with low fat diet and subsequent thoracic duct ligation in child with fontan physiology.

    Parikh, K; Witte, M H; Samson, R; Teodori, M; Carpenter, J B; Lowe, M C; Morgan, W; Hardin, C; Brown, M; Naughton, Y; Sinha, S; Barber, B J


    Plastic bronchitis is a rare condition characterized by the formation and expectoration of long, branching bronchial casts that develop in the tracheobronchial tree and cause airway obstruction. Plastic bronchitis has become increasingly recognized as a feared complication of the Fontan operation with a mortality of up to 50%. We report an 11 year old boy who developed severe plastic bronchitis following Fontan repair and the successful long-term control of cast formation utilizing a low-fat diet and subsequent thoracic duct ligation.

  1. Xanthorrhizol induces endothelium-independent relaxation of rat thoracic aorta.

    Campos, M G; Oropeza, M V; Villanueva, T; Aguilar, M I; Delgado, G; Ponce, H A


    Xanthorrhizol, a bisabolene isolated from the medicinal plant Iostephane heterophylla, was assayed on rat thoracic aorta rings to elucidate its effect and likely mechanism of action, by measuring changes of isometric tension. Xanthorrhizol (1, 3, 10, 30 and 100 microg/mL) significantly inhibited precontractions induced by KCI-; (60mM), noradrenaline (10(-6) M) or CaCl2 (1.0 mM). Increasing concentrations of external calcium antagonized the inhibitory effect on KCl-induced contractions. The vasorelaxing effect of xanthorrhizol was not affected by indomethacin (10 microM) or L-NAME (100 microM) in intact rat thoracic aorta rings precontracted by noradrenaline, which suggested that the effect was not mediated through either endothelium-derived prostacyclin (PGI2) or nitric oxide release from endothelial cells. Endothelium removal did not affect the relaxation induced by xanthorrhizol on rat thoracic aorta rings, discarding the participation of any substance released by the endothelium. Xanthorrhizol inhibitory effect was greater on KCI- and CaCl2-induced contractions than on those induced by noradrenaline. Xanthorrhizol inhibitory effect in rat thoracic aorta is likely explained for interference with calcium availability by inhibiting calcium influx through both voltage- and receptor-operated channels.

  2. Telmisartan attenuates hepatic fibrosis in bile duct-ligated rats

    En-tong YI; Rui-xia LIU; Yan WEN; Cheng-hong YIN


    Aim: To evaluate the antifibrotic effect of telmisartan,an angiotensin Ⅱ receptor blocker,in bile duct-ligated rats.Methods: Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were allocated to 3 groups: sham-operated rats,model rats underwent common bile duct ligation (BDL),and BDL rats treated with telmisartan (8 mg/kg,po,for 4 weeks).The animals were sacrificed on d 29,and liver histology was examined,the Knodell and Ishak scores were assigned,and the expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and ACE2 was evaluated with immunohistochemical staining.The mRNAs and proteins associated with liver fibrosis were evaluated using RTQ-PCR and Western blot,respectively.Results: The mean fibrosis score of BDL rats treated with telmisartan was significantly lower than that of the model rats (1.66±0.87 vs 2.13±0.35,P=0.015).However,there was no significant difference in inflammation between the two groups,both of which showed moderate inflammation.Histologically,treatment with telmisartan significantly ameliorated BDL-caused the hepatic fibrosis.Treatment with telmisartan significantly upregulated the mRNA levels of ACE2 and MAS,and decreased the mRNA levels of ACE,angiotensin Ⅱ type 1 receptor (AT1-R),collagen type Ⅲ,and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1).Moreover,treatment with telmisartan significantly increased the expression levels of ACE2 and MAS proteins,and inhibited the expression levels of ACE and AT1-R protein.Conclusion: Telmisartan attenuates liver fibrosis in bile duct-ligated rats via increasing ACE2 expression level.

  3. Development of hepatorenal syndrome in bile duct ligated rats

    Regina M Pereira; Ana Cristina Sim(o)es e Silva; Robson AS dos Santos; Eduardo A Oliveira; Virg(i)nia HR Leite; Filipi LC Dias; Alysson S Rezende; Lincoln P Costa; Luciola S Barcelos; Mauro M Teixeira


    AIM: To evaluate in bile duct ligated rats whether there were progressive alterations of renal function without changes in histopathology.METHODS: Male Wistar rats were submitted to sham-surgery or bile duct ligation (BDL) and divided according to the post-procedure time (2, 4 and 6-wk).To determine renal function parameters, rats were placed in metabolic cages and, at the end of the experiment, blood and urine samples were obtained.Histology and hydroxyproline content were analyzed in liver and renal tissue.RESULTS: Rats with 2 wk of BDL increased free water clearance (P = 0.02), reduced urinary osmolality (P =0.03) and serum creatinine (P = 0.01) in comparison to the sham group. In contrast, rats at 6 wk of BDL showed features of HRS, including significant increase in serum creatinine and reductions in creatinine clearance,water excretion and urinary sodium concentration. Rats with 4 wk of BDL exhibited an intermediate stage of renal dysfunction. Progressive hepatic fibrosis according to post-procedure time was confirmed by histology.The increased levels of liver hydroxyproline contrasted with the absence of structural changes in the kidney, as assessed by histology and unchanged hydroxyproline content in renal tissue.CONCLUSION: Our data show that BDL produced progressive renal dysfunction without structural changes in the kidney, characterizing HRS. The present model will be useful to understand the pathophysiology of HRS.

  4. Ligation of the thoracic duct for the treatment of chylothorax in heart diseases

    Pêgo-Fernandes Paulo M.


    Full Text Available In children, chylothorax occurs mainly after cardiac and thoracic surgeries. One of the recommended postsurgery treatments is ligation of the thoracic tract, when all other conservative treatments have failed. We report 4 cases of chylothorax in patients who were successfully treated with this approach, which resulted in a decrease in pleural drainage without recurrent chylothorax.

  5. ß-adrenergic regulation of ion transport in pancreatic ducts: Patch-clamp study of isolated rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I


    much smaller effects. At comparable concentrations, it depolarized Vm by a few millivolts. Neither agonist had significant effects on intracellular Ca2+. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first direct evidence that adrenergic stimulation, namely, that of beta-adrenoceptors, controls ion transport....... METHODS: Small intralobular ducts were isolated from rat pancreas and studied in vitro by the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Cell membrane voltages and currents were indicators of cellular ion transport. In some ducts, intracellular Ca2+ activity was measured by fluorescence optical methods. RESULTS...... in pancreatic ducts. Similar to secretin, isoproterenol stimulation leads to opening of luminal Cl- channels, and HCO3- enters the lumen in exchange for Cl-....

  6. Complete remission of a lymphoma-associated chylothorax by radiotherapy of the celiac trunk and thoracic duct

    Gerstein, J.; Fruehauf, J.; Bremer, M. [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Hannover Medical School (Germany); Kofahl-Krause, D. [Dept. of Hematology, Hemostasis, Stem Cell Transplantation and Oncology, Hannover Medical School (Germany)


    Background: a chylothorax is a rare complication of mostly advanced malignant lymphomas. A case of a refractory chylothorax unresponsive to chemotherapy and successfully treated with radiotherapy is reported. Case report: a 45-year-old woman with recurrent stage IV low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and a progressive chylothorax is described. The CT scans showed bulky lymphadenopathy at the thoracic trunk but no detectable enlargement of mediastinal lymph nodes. After ineffective pretreatment including chemotherapy and chest drainage, fractionated radiotherapy to the celiac trunk (20.4 Gy) and the thoracic duct (15 Gy) was performed. Result: already after 7.5 Gy a rapid decline of chylothorax was noted and the chest drain could be removed. A complete remission of the chylothorax could be achieved after 20.4 Gy. During a follow-up of 16 months no recurrence of chylothorax occurred. CT scans showed nearly complete remission of the lymphadenopathy of the celiac trunk 12 months after radiotherapy. Conclusion: radiotherapy with limited total doses is an effective treatment option for lymphoma-associated chylothorax and should always be taken into consideration, especially in cases unresponsive to chemotherapy. (orig.)

  7. Evidence for a Na+-Ca2+ exchanger in rat pancreatic ducts

    Hug, M; Pahl, C; Novak, I


    Only recently has it been recognized that intracellular Ca2+ is an important cellular mediator in pancreatic ducts. The aim of the present study was to characterize the Ca2+ efflux pathway in ducts freshly prepared from rat pancreas. Lowering of extracellular Na+ concentration resulted in a signi...

  8. External thoracic duct-venous shunt in conscious pigs for long term studies of connective tissue metabolites in lymph

    Jensen, L T; Olesen, H P; Risteli, J;


    An experimental animal model for lymph studies is described. Thoracic duct-venous shunt was established in 12 pigs. Shunt patency averaged 5.5 days. The composition of connective tissue metabolites in lymph and serum were investigated during a standardized surgical operation (thoracotomy) under g...... instead of dogs and sheep in studies on lymph. The effect of surgery/anesthesia must be taken into consideration....... general anesthesia. We measured the carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP), the aminoterminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP) hyaluronan (HA) and total protein. During surgery/anesthesia lymph PICP (p less than 0.04), lymph PIIINP (p less than 0.03) and serum PIIINP (p less...... is a major route of tissue clearance for these components. The lymph/serum ratio of PICP was 1.0 in conscious pigs, indicating a direct release into the circulation. Total protein in lymph decreased (p less than 0.04) during surgery/anesthesia, whereas no changes were observed in serum. Pigs can be used...

  9. Intracellular pH in rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I; Hug, M; Greger, R


    In order to study the mechanism of H+ and HCO3- transport in a HCO3- secreting epithelium, pancreatic ducts, we have measured the intracellular pH (pHi) in this tissue using the pH sensitive probe BCECF. We found that exposures of ducts to solutions containing acetate/acetic acid or NH4+/NH3 buff...

  10. Altered reactivity and nitric oxide signaling in the isolated thoracic duct from an ovine model of congenital heart disease with increased pulmonary blood flow.

    Datar, Sanjeev A; Oishi, Peter E; Gong, Wenhui; Bennett, Stephen H; Sun, Christine E; Johengen, Michael; Maki, Jun; Johnson, Rebecca C; Raff, Gary W; Fineman, Jeffrey R


    We have previously shown decreased pulmonary lymph flow in our lamb model of chronically increased pulmonary blood flow, created by the in utero placement of an 8-mm aortopulmonary shunt. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that abnormal lymphatic function in shunt lambs is due to impaired lymphatic endothelial nitric oxide (NO)-cGMP signaling resulting in increased lymphatic vascular constriction and/or impaired relaxation. Thoracic duct rings were isolated from 4-wk-old shunt (n = 7) and normal (n = 7) lambs to determine length-tension properties, vascular reactivity, and endothelial NO synthase protein. At baseline, shunt thoracic duct rings had 2.6-fold higher peak to peak tension and a 2-fold increase in the strength of contractions compared with normal rings (P < 0.05). In response to norepinephrine, shunt thoracic duct rings had a 2.4-fold increase in vascular tone compared with normal rings (P < 0.05) and impaired relaxation in response to the endothelium-dependent dilator acetylcholine (63% vs. 13%, P < 0.05). In vivo, inhaled NO (40 ppm) increased pulmonary lymph flow (normalized for resistance) ∼1.5-fold in both normal and shunt lambs (P < 0.05). Inhaled NO exposure increased bioavailable NO [nitrite/nitrate (NOx); ∼2.5-fold in normal lambs and ∼3.4-fold in shunt lambs] and cGMP (∼2.5-fold in both) in the pulmonary lymph effluent (P < 0.05). Chronic exposure to increased pulmonary blood flow is associated with pulmonary lymphatic endothelial injury that disrupts NO-cGMP signaling, leading to increased resting vasoconstriction, increased maximal strength of contraction, and impaired endothelium-dependent relaxation. Inhaled NO increases pulmonary lymph NOx and cGMP levels and pulmonary lymph flow in normal and shunt lambs. Therapies that augment NO-cGMP signaling within the lymphatic system may provide benefits, warranting further study.

  11. Adenosine receptors in rat and human pancreatic ducts stimulate chloride transport

    Novak, Ivana; Hede, Susanne; Hansen, Mette


    these could be involved in secretory processes, which involve cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channels or Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channels and [Formula: see text] transporters. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis on rat pancreatic ducts and human duct cell......, plasma membrane of many PANC-1 cells, but only a few CFPAC-1 cells. Taken together, our data indicate that A(2A) receptors open Cl(-) channels in pancreatic ducts cells with functional CFTR. We propose that adenosine can stimulate pancreatic secretion and, thereby, is an active player in the acini...

  12. Cholestasis progression effects on long-term memory in bile duct ligation rats

    Nasrin Hosseini


    Full Text Available Background : There is evidence that cognitive functions are affected by some liver diseases such as cholestasis. Bile duct ligation induces cholestasis as a result of impaired liver function and cognition. This research investigates the effect of cholestasis progression on memory function in bile duct ligation rats. Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups, which include: control group for BDL-7, control group for BDL-21, sham group (underwent laparotomy without bile duct ligation, BDL-7 group (7 days after bile duct ligation, and BDL-21 group (21 days after bile duct ligation. Step-through passive avoidance test was employed to examine memory function. In all groups, short-term (7 days after foot shock and long-term memories (21 days after foot shock were assessed. Results: Our results showed that liver function significantly decreased with cholestasis progression (P < 0.01. Also our findings indicated BDL-21 significantly impaired acquisition time (P < 0.05. Memory retrieval impaired 7 (P < 0.05 and 21 days (P < 0.001 after foot shock in BDL-7 and BDL-21 groups, respectively. Conclusion: Based on these findings, liver function altered in cholestasis and memory (short-term and long-term memory impaired with cholestasis progression in bile duct ligation rats. Further studies are needed to better insight the nature of progression of brain damage in cholestatic disease.

  13. A disposition kinetic study of Tramadol in bile duct ligated rats in perfused rat liver model.

    Esmaeili, Zohre; Mohammadi, Saeid; Nezami, Alireza; Rouini, Mohammad Reza; Ardakani, Yalda Hosseinzadeh; Lavasani, Hoda; Ghazi-Khansari, Mahmoud


    Tramadol hydrochloride is a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic drug and is used to treat chronic pain. In this study, the effects of Bile Duct Ligation (BDL) on the pharmacokinetics of tramadol in a liver recirculating perfusion system of male rats were used. Twenty-four Wistar male rats were randomly divided into four groups: control, sham and two weeks BDL and four weeks BDL. Serum levels of liver enzymes were measured before perfusion and the pharmacokinetics of tramadol was evaluated by using liver recirculating perfusion system. Tramadol and metabolites concentrations were determined by HPLC-FL. The sharp increase in liver enzymes level in both BDL groups was observed and significant changes were also observed in liver weight and volume. Tramadol metabolites concentration significantly decreased compared with the control and sham group (Ptramadol and increase in the half-life of the elimination of tramadol in rats with BDL suggests that personalized treatment and the therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) data examination are necessary for patients with bile duct diseases and the dose of tramadol should be accordingly adjusted. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Effect of ZVAD-fmk on hepatocyte apoptosis after bile duct ligation in rat

    Shyr-Ming Sheen-Chen; Hsin-Tsung Ho; Wei-Jen Chen; Hock-Liew Eng


    AIM: Retention and accumulation of toxic hydrophobic bile salts within hepatocyte may cause hepatocyte toxicity by inducing apoptosis. Apoptosis is a pathway of cell death orchestrated by a family of proteases called caspases. Z-ValAla-Asp (OMe)-fluoromethyl ketone (ZVAD-fmk) is a cellpermeable irreversible inhibitor of caspase. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possible effect of ZVAD-fmk on hepatocyte apoptosis after bile duct ligation in the rat.METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats, weighing 250-300 g,were randomized to five groups of five rats each. Group 1 underwent common bile duct ligation and simultaneous treatment with ZVAD-fmk (dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)). Group 2 underwent common bile duct ligation and simultaneous treatment with Z-Phe-Ala-fluoromethyl ketone ( ZFA-fmk, dissolved in DMSO). Group 3 underwent sham operation and simultaneous treatment with the same amount of DMSO. Group 4 underwent sham operation and simultaneous treatment with the same amount of normal saline. Group 5 underwent common bile duct ligation without other manipulation. After three days, liver tissue was harvested for histopathologic analysis and measurements of apoptosis.RESULTS: When compared with sham operation, common bile duct ligation significantly increased hepatocyte apoptosis (P= 0.008) and ductular proliferation (P= 0.007).ZVAD-fmk significantly diminished the increased hepatocyte apoptosis and ductular proliferation after common bile duct ligation (P = 0.008 and P = 0.007, respectively). ZFA did not show the same effects.CONCLUSION: Hepatocyte apoptosis and ductular proliferation significantly increased after common bile duct ligation. ZVAD-fmk effectively diminished the increased hepatocyte apoptosis and ductular proliferation after common bile duct ligation, whereas ZFA-fmk did not.

  15. Intracellular pH in rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I; Hug, M; Greger, R


    In order to study the mechanism of H+ and HCO3- transport in a HCO3- secreting epithelium, pancreatic ducts, we have measured the intracellular pH (pHi) in this tissue using the pH sensitive probe BCECF. We found that exposures of ducts to solutions containing acetate/acetic acid or NH4+/NH3...... buffers (20 mmol/l) led to pHi changes in accordance with entry of lipid-soluble forms of the buffers, followed by back-regulation of pHi by duct cells. In another type of experiment, changes in extracellular pH of solutions containing HEPES or HCO3-/CO2 buffers led to significant changes in pHi that did....... Under some conditions, these exchangers can be invoked to regulate cell pH....

  16. Fine structure of the endolymphatic duct in the rat. A scanning and transmission electron microscopy study

    Qvortrup, K; Rostgaard, Jørgen; Bretlau, P


    To investigate the surface morphology of the endolymphatic duct epithelium, 8 rats were vascularly perfused with glutaraldehyde in a buffered and oxygenated blood substitute. Optimal preservation of the epithelium for scanning electron microscopy was attained by coating of the specimens with OsO4...... and thiocarbohydrazide followed by a continuous dehydration procedure. Three types of cells were identified with the scanning electron microscope: A polygonal and oblong epithelial cell was observed in the largest number throughout the duct, whereas in the juxta-saccular half of the duct two additional types...... of epithelial cells were observed. The scanning electron microscopical observations are compared and discussed with reference to transmission electron microscopical observations of the endolymphatic duct....

  17. Surface morphology of the endolymphatic duct in the rat. A scanning electron microscopy study

    Qvortrup, K; Rostgaard, Jørgen; Bretlau, P


    Following intracardiac vascular perfusion fixation of 8 rats with glutaraldehyde in a buffered and oxygenated blood substitute, the vestibular aqueduct and endolymphatic duct were opened by microsurgery of the resulting 16 temporal bones. Optimum preservation of the epithelium for scanning electron...... were identified with the scanning electron microscope. A polygonal and oblong epithelial cell was observed in the largest number throughout the duct, and in the juxtasaccular half of the duct, two additional types of epithelial cells were observed. The scanning electron microscopic observations...... microscopy was attained by coating of the specimens with osmium tetroxide and thiocarbohydrazide followed by a continuous dehydration procedure. This technique permitted, for the first time, an investigation of the surface morphology of the epithelial cells in the endolymphatic duct. Three types of cells...

  18. Regulation of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger in rat pancreatic ducts

    Ankorina-Stark, I; Amstrup, J; Novak, I


    The Ca2+ content of pancreatic juice is closely regulated by yet unknown mechanisms. One aim of the present study was to find whether rat pancreatic ducts have a Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, as found in some Ca2+ transporting epithelia. Another aim was to establish whether the exchanger is regulated by ho...

  19. Ultrastructure of the epithelial cells of the endolymphatic duct in the rat

    Qvortrup, K; Rostgaard, J


    The ultrastructure of the epithelial cells of the endolymphatic duct in the rat is described, following vascular perfusion-fixation of live, anaesthetised and artificially respirated animals. The animals were fixed by means of a pressure feed-back controlled peristaltic pump and an isotonic perfu...

  20. Effect of duct obstruction on structure, elemental composition, and function of rat submandibular glands

    Sagstroem, S.S.; Sagulin, G.B.; Roomans, G.M. (Univ. of Uppsala (Sweden))


    Obstruction of salivary glands occurs in association with a number of pathological conditions. It has been suggested that the major changes found in the salivary glands of patients with cystic fibrosis are due to obstruction of the excretory duct by viscous mucus. In the present study, the effect of excretory duct obstruction on structure, elemental composition and function of rat submandibular gland was investigated. Obstruction was effected by infusion of a fast-hardening protein emulsion in the main excretory duct. After 1 week, and more pronounced after 2 weeks of obstruction the number of granular duct cells had decreased in the obstructed gland. X-ray microanalysis showed an increase in Mg, Ca and K, and a decrease in Na levels in the acinar cells, compared to normal glands. The contralateral glands apparently underwent compensatory hypertrophy and showed a similar pattern of changes in elemental composition. The composition of pilocarpine-induced submandibular saliva was neither in the obstructed nor in the contralateral gland significantly different from that in control glands. However, the flow rate was somewhat lower. Hence, increase in cellular Ca levels in submandibular gland acinar cells in cystic fibrosis could be secondary to duct obstruction, but the present study does not support the hypothesis that duct obstruction would result in changes in the composition of saliva.

  1. Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (RATS): Perioperative Nursing Professional Development Program.

    Sarmanian, Julie D


    Robot-assisted surgery continues to grow in popularity worldwide. Competency and training of personnel for robot-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) is less established compared with other robot-assisted specialties. Major differences between minimally invasive approaches to thoracic surgery (eg, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) and RATS are presented to address a paucity of literature on the subject. Although perioperative nursing considerations are universal to all robot-assisted procedures, there are nursing consideration specific to RATS. This article provides a RATS perioperative nursing development program for RN circulators and scrub personnel. Development of perioperative nursing knowledge and skills through implementation of targeted training programs enables nurses to provide a safe surgical experience for patients undergoing RATS.

  2. Dose-related effects of dexamethasone on liver damage due to bile duct ligation in rats

    Halil Eken; Hayrettin Ozturk; Hulya Ozturk; Huseyin Buyukbayram


    AIM: To evaluate the effects of dexamethasone on liver damage in rats with bile duct ligation. METHODS: A total of 40 male Sprague-Dawley rats,weighing 165-205 g, were used in this study. Group 1 (sham-control, n = 10) rats underwent laparotomy alone and the bile duct was just dissected from the surrounding tissue. Group 2 rats (untreated, n = 10)were subjected to bile duct ligation (BDL) and no drug was applied. Group 3 rats (low-dose dexa, n = 10)received a daily dose of dexamethasone by orogastric tube for 14 d after BDL. Group 4 rats (high-dose dexa,n = 10) received a daily dose of dexamethasone by orogastric tube for 14 d after BDL. At the end of the twoweek period, biochemical and histological evaluations were processed.RESULTS: The mean serum bilirubin and liver enzyme levels significantly decreased, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx) values were significantly increased in low-dose dexa and high-dose dexa groups when compared to the untreated group. The histopathological score was significantly less in the low-dose and high-dose dexa groups compared to the untreated rats. In the low-dose dexa group, moderate liver damage was seen, while mild liver damage was observed in the high-dose dexa group.CONCLUSION: Corticosteroids reduced liver damage produced by bile duct obstruction. However, the histopathological score was not significantly lower in the high-dose corticosteroid group as compared to the lowdose group. Thus, low-dose corticosteroid provides a significant reduction of liver damage without increased side effects, while high dose is associated not with lower fibrosis but with increased side effects.

  3. Induction of natural killer cell activity of thoracic duct lymphocytes by polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) or interferon.

    Fresa, K L; Korngold, R; Murasko, D M


    Natural killer (NK) cell activity of thoracic duct lymphocytes (TDL) was examined in normal mice and in mice treated with polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C) and interferon (IFN). TDL from mice treated with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) expressed little or no NK cell activity against YAC-1 target cells at effector-to-target ratios of up to 200:1, even after in vitro treatment with murine L-cell IFN. In contrast, TDL from poly(I:C)- or IFN-treated mice expressed significant NK activity, which correlated with the significantly higher NK activity of splenocytes from these mice compared to the NK activity of splenocytes from PBS-treated mice. These data indicate that although TDL from normal mice express no detectable NK cell activity, NK cell activity can be induced in TDL by in vivo treatment with poly(I:C) or IFN.

  4. Gut endotoxin restriction improves postoperative hemodynamics in the bile duct-ligated rat.

    Houdijk, A P; van Lambalgen, A A; Thijs, L G; van Leeuwen, P A


    Postoperative hemodynamic disturbances in obstructive jaundice are associated with complications such as shock and renal failure. Gut-derived endotoxemia may underlie these complications. Recently, we have shown that cholestyramine treatment prevents gut-derived endotoxemia in bile duct-ligated (BDL) rats (Houdijk APJ, Boermeester MA, Wesdorp RIC, Hack CE, van Leeuwen PAM: Tumor necrosis factor unresponsiveness following surgery in bile duct-ligated rats. Am J Physiol 271: G980-G986, 1996). The effect of cholestyramine on systemic hemodynamics and organ blood flows after a laparotomy was studied in 2 wk BDL rats using radioactive microspheres. Compared with sham-operated rats, postoperative BDL rats had 1) lower blood pressure (p < .05) and heart rate (p < .001) with higher cardiac output (p < .05), 2) lower splanchnic blood flow (p < .05), 3) lower renal blood flow (p < .01), and 4) higher splanchnic organ and renal-vascular resistances. Cholestyramine treatment in BDL rats prevented the postoperative decrease in blood pressure by increasing cardiac output (p < .01). In addition, cholestyramine maintained splanchnic blood flow at sham levels (p < .05). Furthermore, cholestyramine also prevented the fall in renal blood flow after surgery in BDL rats. Gut endotoxin restriction using cholestyramine treatment maintained normal blood pressure, improved splanchnic blood flow, and completely prevented the fall in renal blood flow in BDL rats. Reducing the gut load of endotoxin in patients with obstructive jaundice scheduled for abdominal surgery may prevent postoperative hemodynamic complications.

  5. Effect of secretin and inhibitors of HCO3-/H+ transport on the membrane voltage of rat pancreatic duct cells

    Novak, I; Pahl, C


    The aim of the present study was to study the effect of secretin on the electrophysiological response of pancreatic ducts. Furthermore, we investigated the effects of lipid-soluble buffers and inhibitors of HCO3-/H+ transport. Ducts obtained from fresh rat pancreas were perfused in vitro. Secreti...

  6. Secretin stimulates HCO3(-) and acetate efflux but not Na+/HCO3(-) uptake in rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I; Christoffersen, B C


    Pancreatic ducts secrete HCO3(-), but transport mechanisms are unresolved and possibly vary between species. Our aim was to study the intracellular pH (pHi) regulation and thus H+/HCO3- transport in rat pancreatic ducts. Of particular interest was the Na+/HCO3(-) cotransporter, thought to be impo...

  7. Immunoexpression of intermediate filaments and morphological changes in the liver and bile duct of rats infected with Fasciola hepatica.

    Kolodziejczyk, L; Laszczyńska, M; Masiuk, M; Grabowska, M; Skrzydlewska, E


    We investigated the immunoexpression of the intermediate filament proteins, cytokeratin and desmin, and the morphological changes in the liver of rats during experimental fasciolosis at 4, 7 and 10 weeks post-infection. Rats were infected with 30 Fasciola hepatica metacercariae. Paraffin sections of the liver were stained using H & E, PAS and azan stains. Immunohistochemical reactions were performed using antibodies against cytokeratin and desmin. The experimental F. hepatica infection led to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver, and to inflammation of the common bile ducts. The expression of cytokeratin was increased in the epithelial cells of both the liver bile ductules at 4, 7 and 10 weeks post-infection and in the common bile ducts at 7 and 10 weeks post-infection compared to uninfected rats; expression in the common bile ducts was more intense. The myofibroblasts of the liver and smooth myocytes of the interlobular bile ducts and common bile ducts, showed a slight increase in desmin expression compared to the uninfected rats. The increased expression of cytokeratins in the hyperplastic rat common bile duct epithelium during the biliary phase of fasciolosis at 7 and 10 weeks post-infection may be explained by mechanical irritation by the parasite and an inflammatory reaction in the bile duct epithelium and in periductal fibrous tissue.

  8. Antioxidant Effect of Sepia Ink Extract on Extrahepatic Cholestasis Induced by Bile Duct Ligation in Rats

    Hanan Saleh; Amel M Soliman; Ayman S Mohamed; Mohamed-Assem S Marie


    Objective The aim of our study was to assess the complications of hepatic fibrosis associated with bile duct ligation and the potential curative role of sepia ink extract in hepatic damage induced by bile duct ligation. Methods Rattus norvegicus rats were divided into 3 groups: Sham-operated group, model rats that underwent common bile duct ligation (BDL), and BDL rats treated orally with sepia ink extract (200 mg/kg body weight) for 7, 14, and 28 d after BDL. Results There was a significant reduction in hepatic enzymes, ALP, GGT, bilirubin levels, and oxidative stress in the BDL group after treatment with sepia ink extract. Collagen deposition reduced after sepia ink extract treatment as compared to BDL groups, suggesting that the liver was repaired. Histopathological examination of liver treated with sepia ink extract showed moderate degeneration in the hepatic architecture and mild degeneration in hepatocytes as compared to BDL groups. Conclusion Sepia ink extract provides a curative effect and an antioxidant capacity on BDL rats and could ameliorate the complications of liver cholestasis.

  9. Changes in cellular composition of kidney collecting duct cells in rats with lithium-induced NDI.

    Christensen, Birgitte Mønster; Marples, David; Kim, Young-Hee; Wang, Weidong; Frøkiaer, Jørgen; Nielsen, Søren


    Lithium treatment for 4 wk caused severe polyuria, dramatic downregulation in aquaporin-2 (AQP-2) expression, and marked decrease in AQP-2 immunoreactivity with the appearance of a large number of cells without AQP-2 labeling in the collecting ducts after lithium treatment. Surprisingly, this was not all due to an increase in AQP-2-negative principal cells, because double immunolabeling revealed that the majority of the AQP-2-negative cells displayed [H(+)]ATPase labeling, which identified them as intercalated cells. Moreover, multiple [H(+)]ATPase-labeled cells were adjacent, which was never seen in control rats. Quantitation confirmed a significant decrease in the fraction of collecting duct cells that exhibited detectable AQP-2 labeling compared with control rats: in cortical collecting ducts, 40 +/- 3.4 vs. 62 +/- 1.8% of controls (P diet following 4 wk on a lithium-containing diet. In conclusion, lithium treatment not only decreased AQP-2 expression, but dramatically and reversibly reduced the fraction of principal cells and altered the cellular organization in collecting ducts. These effects are likely to be important in lithium-induced nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.

  10. Normothermic machine perfusion reduces bile duct injury and improves biliary epithelial function in rat donor livers.

    Op den Dries, Sanna; Karimian, Negin; Westerkamp, Andrie C; Sutton, Michael E; Kuipers, Michiel; Wiersema-Buist, Janneke; Ottens, Petra J; Kuipers, Jeroen; Giepmans, Ben N; Leuvenink, Henri G D; Lisman, Ton; Porte, Robert J


    Bile duct injury may occur during liver procurement and transplantation, especially in livers from donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors. Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) has been shown to reduce hepatic injury compared to static cold storage (SCS). However, it is unknown whether NMP provides better preservation of bile ducts. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of NMP on bile duct preservation in both DCD and non-DCD livers. DCD and non-DCD livers obtained from Lewis rats were preserved for 3 hours using either SCS or NMP, followed by 2 hours ex vivo reperfusion. Biomarkers of bile duct injury (gamma-glutamyltransferase and lactate dehydrogenase in bile) were lower in NMP-preserved livers compared to SCS-preserved livers. Biliary bicarbonate concentration, reflecting biliary epithelial function, was 2-fold higher in NMP-preserved livers (P < 0.01). In parallel with this, the pH of the bile was significantly higher in NMP-preserved livers (7.63 ± 0.02 and 7.74 ± 0.05 for non-DCD and DCD livers, respectively) compared with SCS-preserved livers (7.46 ± 0.02 and 7.49 ± 0.04 for non-DCD and DCD livers, respectively). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy of donor extrahepatic bile ducts demonstrated significantly decreased injury of the biliary epithelium of NMP-preserved donor livers (including the loss of lateral interdigitations and mitochondrial injury). Differences between NMP and SCS were most prominent in DCD livers. Compared to conventional SCS, NMP provides superior preservation of bile duct epithelial cell function and morphology, especially in DCD donor livers. By reducing biliary injury, NMP could have an important impact on the utilization of DCD livers and outcome after transplantation. Liver Transplantation 22 994-1005 2016 AASLD.

  11. Immunohistochemical study on effects of [sup 60]Co [gamma] irradiation on salivary gland ducts of rat

    Saitoh, Kazuhiko (Meikai Univ., Sakato, Saitama (Japan). School of Dentistry)


    Cytokeratin distribution in salivary glands was detected by use of polyclonal antikeratin antiserum (TK) and monoclonal antibodies (KL 1, RGE 53, and RPN 1164). The salivary glands of male rats received either 17.82 Gy or 27.97 Gy [sup 60]Co [gamma] irradiation in a single exposure and were then compared immunohistochemically with those of normal rats. Polyclonal anti-keratin antiserum (TK), which reacts with 41-65 KD keratins, stained almost all ducts in normal glands. RPN 1164 (no. 8 keratin) staining was negative in intercalated ducts of normal parotid and submandibular glands, but strongly positive in both striated and excretory ducts of these glands. Monoclonal antibody KL 1 (55-57 KD keratins) and RGE 53 (no. 18 keratin) did not bind to any ductal or acinar epithelia. Only in the sublingual gland were acini positive for TK staining, possibly indicating myoepithelial cells. No effects of [sup 60]Co [gamma] irradiation were apparent regarding keratin distribution in the intercalated in apical cytoplasm by [sup 60]Co [gamma] irradiation. Also, in the excretory duct, the basal side of the cells exhibited weakened staining following [sup 60]Co [gamma] irradiation were the most significant in the parotid and the least in the sublingual gland. Also this reaction depended upon the doses of [sup 60]Co used. The present findings suggested that negative or weakened staining at the basal and perinuclear portions of striated duct cells specifically reflects the primary or secondary cell damage produced by [sup 60]Co [gamma] irradiation. Since the distribution of cytoskeletal proteins in the cytoplasm reflects certain pathological conditions, immunohistochemical detection of these proteins seem to have a diagnostic value with respect to cellular injury. (J.P.N.) 77 refs.

  12. Effect of ligation of mesenteric lymph duct on coagulation function in rats with severe heat stroke

    Hua-sheng TONG


    Full Text Available Objective  To investigate the influences of mesenteric lymph duct ligation (LDL on the coagulation function in rats with severe heat stroke (SHS. Methods  Forty male Wistar rats were randomly and equally divided into control, heat stroke sham (HSS, HSS-LDL, severe heat stroke (SHS and SHS+LDL groups. Mesenteric lymph ducts were ligated in HSC-LDL and SHS-LDL groups before reproduction of SHS model. SHS rat models were reproduced in a prewarmed incubator. Peripheral blood was drawn to determine the parameters pertaining to blood coagulability including prothrombin time (PT, activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT, D-dimmer and platelet count (PLT, and lung and kidney histopathology was observed after heat stroke. Results  Compared with those in control group, no obvious changes were observed in the coagulation indices in HSS and HSS-LDL group. While PT and APTT significantly prolonged, PLT remarkably decreased, D-dimmer markedly increased in SHS group (P<0.05. The coagulation indices presented a recovery trend to certain extent in SHS-LDL group. Histopathological examination of the kidney and lung showed severe hemorrhagic and congestive lesions in SHS group. Mesenteric lymph duct ligation alleviated the coagulation disorders and histopathological lesions. Conclusion  The entrance of toxic agents through lymphatic passage may be the pathogenetic factor in producing coagulopathy, and ligation of the mesenteric lymph ducts might prevent the entrance of toxic materials and alleviate the injury to the blood coagulation property and internal organs. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2016.02.02

  13. Increased Circulatory Asymmetric Dimethylarginine and Multiple Organ Failure: Bile Duct Ligation in Rat as a Model

    Jiunn-Ming Sheen


    Full Text Available Bile duct ligation (BDL-treated rats exhibit cholestasis, increased systemic oxidative stress, and liver fibrosis, which ultimately lead to liver cirrhosis. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA is a competitive inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase that can decrease the synthesis of nitric oxide. BDL rats have higher plasma and hepatic ADMA levels, which may be due to increased hepatic protein arginine methyltransferase-1 and decreased dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase expression. BDL rats also exhibit renal and brain damage characterized by increased tissue ADMA concentrations. The increased plasma ADMA levels and multiple organ damages seen here are also observed following multiple organ failures associated with critical illness. This review discusses the dysregulation of ADMA in major organs in BDL rats and the role of increased ADMA in multiple organ damages.

  14. Expression of p-PPARγ in the aging thoracic aorta of spontaneously hypertensive rat and inhibitory effect of rosiglitazone

    Hai-FengYuan; Xiao-Lin Niu; Deng-Feng Gao; Guang-Hua Hao; An-Qi Song; Jin Wei


    To investigate the expression of phosphorylated peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor γ (p-PPARγ) in the aging thoracic aorta of spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) and the inhibitory effect of rosiglitazone on the phosphorylation of PPARγ. Methods: 16, 32 and 64 week-old Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) and SHR were randomly and respectively divided into WKY, SHR and SHR+rosiglitazone group (9 in each group). The rats in SHR+rosiglitazone group were treated with rosiglitazone (5 mg/kg, intragastrically) for 56 d, whereas normal saline was applied in WKY and SHR groups. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) of rats was measured by tail cuff method. Histopathological damage of thoracic aorta was analyzed using Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE) staining. Immunohistochemical staining and western blot were performed to test the level of p-PPARγ protein in the thoracic aorta arising from each group. Results: The SBP in 16, 32 and 64 week-old SHR were significantly higher as compared with those in matched WKY rats (P<0.05, respectively). HE staining showed increased content of smooth muscle cell, wrinkled lining endothelium and increased thickness of internal elastic lamina in the thoracic aorta of SHR. Immunohistochemical staining and western blot indicated that the levels of p-PPARγ in the thoracic aorta arising from SHR were obviously higher than those in the thoracic aorta arising from WKY rats (P<0.05, respectively). Importantly, the high SBP, histopathological abnormalities of the thoracic aorta and elevated p-PPARγ expression were prominently abrogated by rosiglitazone treatment in SHR (P<0.05, respectively). Furthermore, the SBP, histopathological abnormalities of the thoracic aorta and p-PPARγexpression were positively correlated with age in SHR (P<0.05, respectively). Conclusions: The PPARγ phosphorylation was observed in the thoracic aorta of SHR and its expression was increased by the increase of age. Furthermore, rosiglitazone inhibited the PPARγ phosphorylation and

  15. Intestinal absorption and postabsorptive metabolism of linoleic acid in rats with short-term bile duct ligation

    Minich, DM; Havinga, R; Stellaard, F; Vonk, RJ; Kuipers, F; Verkade, HJ


    We investigated in bile duct-ligated (BDL) and sham-operated control rats whether the frequent presence of essential fatty acid deficiency in cholestatic liver disease could be related to linoleic acid malabsorption, altered linoleic acid metabolism, or both. In plasma of BDL rats, the triene-to-tet

  16. Thiazolidinedione treatment inhibits bile duct proliferation and fibrosis in a rat model of chronic cholestasis

    Fabio Marra; Carlo Spirli; Mario Strazzabosco; Massimo Pinzani; Maurizio Parola; Raffaella DeFranco; Gaia Robino; Erica Novo; Eva Efsen; Sabrina Pastacaldi; Elena Zamara; Alessandro Vercelli; Benedetta Lottini


    AIM: To investigate the effects of troglitazone (TGZ), an anti-diabetic drug which activates peroxisome proliferatoractivated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ), for liver tissue repair, and the development of ductular reaction, following common bile duct ligation (BDL) in rats.METHODS: Rats were supplemented with TGZ (0.2% w/w in the pelleted food) for 1 wk before BDL or sham operation.Animals were killed at 1, 2, or 4 wk after surgery.RESULTS: The development of liver fibrosis was reduced in rats receiving TGZ, as indicated by significant decreases of procollagen type Ⅰ gene expression and liver hydroxyproline levels. Accumulation of α-smooth-muscle actin (SMA)-expressing cells surrounding newly formed bile ducts following BDL, as well as total hepatic levels of SMA were partially inhibited by TGZ treatment, indicating the presence of a reduced number and/or activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC) and myofibroblasts. Development of the ductular reaction was inhibited by TGZ, as indicated by histochemical evaluation and hepatic activity of γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT).CONCLUSION: Treatment with thiazolidinedione reduces ductular proliferation and fibrosis in a model of chronic cholestasis, and suggests that limiting cholangiocyte proliferation may contribute to the lower development of scarring in this system.

  17. Improvement of thoracic aortic vasoreactivity by continuous and intermittent exercise in high-fat diet-induced obese rats.

    Liu, Hongpeng; Yang, Zhen; Hu, Jian; Luo, Yan; Zhu, Lingqin; Yang, Huifang; Li, Guanghua


    The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of continuous and intermittent exercise on the thoracic aortic vasoreactivity and free radical metabolism in rats fed with a high-fat diet (HD). Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into four groups (n=8, each group): Conventional diet (CD), HD, HD with continuous exercise (HCE) and HD with intermittent exercise (HIE). HCE rats swam once/day for 90 min; HIE rats performed swimming exercises 3 times/day, 30 min each time with an interval of 4 h. In these two groups, the exercise was conducted 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Rats in the CD and HD groups were fed without swimming training. At the end of the exercise, all the rats were sacrificed and the blood, thoracic aorta and myocardium were collected immediately. The thoracic aortic vasoreactivity, the plasma total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), superoxide dismutase (SOD), malondialdehyde (MDA) and vascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene expression were measured. Compared to the control group, in the HD group the enhanced contractile response of the thoracic aortic rings to noradrenaline (NA) was observed (Pintermittent exercise is better than the continuous exercise in improving the thoracic aorta vasoreactivity.

  18. The Mesenteric Lymph Duct Cannulated Rat Model: Application to the Assessment of Intestinal Lymphatic Drug Transport

    Trevaskis, Natalie L.; Hu, Luojuan; Caliph, Suzanne M.; Han, Sifei; Porter, Christopher J.H.


    The intestinal lymphatic system plays key roles in fluid transport, lipid absorption and immune function. Lymph flows directly from the small intestine via a series of lymphatic vessels and nodes that converge at the superior mesenteric lymph duct. Cannulation of the mesenteric lymph duct thus enables the collection of mesenteric lymph flowing from the intestine. Mesenteric lymph consists of a cellular fraction of immune cells (99% lymphocytes), aqueous fraction (fluid, peptides and proteins such as cytokines and gut hormones) and lipoprotein fraction (lipids, lipophilic molecules and apo-proteins). The mesenteric lymph duct cannulation model can therefore be used to measure the concentration and rate of transport of a range of factors from the intestine via the lymphatic system. Changes to these factors in response to different challenges (e.g., diets, antigens, drugs) and in disease (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease, HIV, diabetes) can also be determined. An area of expanding interest is the role of lymphatic transport in the absorption of orally administered lipophilic drugs and prodrugs that associate with intestinal lipid absorption pathways. Here we describe, in detail, a mesenteric lymph duct cannulated rat model which enables evaluation of the rate and extent of lipid and drug transport via the lymphatic system for several hours following intestinal delivery. The method is easily adaptable to the measurement of other parameters in lymph. We provide detailed descriptions of the difficulties that may be encountered when establishing this complex surgical method, as well as representative data from failed and successful experiments to provide instruction on how to confirm experimental success and interpret the data obtained. PMID:25866901

  19. Effect of Tridax procumbens (Linn.) on bile duct ligation-induced liver fibrosis in rats.

    Joshi, P P; Patil, S D; Silawat, N; Deshmukh, P T


    The present study was undertaken to clarify whether methanolic extract of Tridax procumbens prevents liver fibrosis in rat. The hepatic fibrosis was induced by 28 days of bile duct ligation in rats. The 4-week treatment with Tridex procumbens reduced the serum aspartate aminotransferase (U L⁻¹), glutamate pyruvate transaminase (U L⁻¹), alkaline phosphatase (IU L⁻¹), lactate dehydrogenase (IU L⁻¹), total bilirubin (mg dL⁻¹), direct bilirubin (mg dL⁻¹) and hydroxyproline (mg gm⁻¹) content in liver and improved the histological appearance of liver section. The results of this study led us to conclude that T. procumbens can reduce the degree of hepatocellular damage and may become antifibrotic agent for liver fibrosis.

  20. Effect of glutamine synthetase inhibition on brain and interorgan ammonia metabolism in bile duct ligated rats.

    Fries, Andreas W; Dadsetan, Sherry; Keiding, Susanne; Bak, Lasse K; Schousboe, Arne; Waagepetersen, Helle S; Simonsen, Mette; Ott, Peter; Vilstrup, Hendrik; Sørensen, Michael


    Ammonia has a key role in the development of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). In the brain, glutamine synthetase (GS) rapidly converts blood-borne ammonia into glutamine which in high concentrations may cause mitochondrial dysfunction and osmolytic brain edema. In astrocyte-neuron cocultures and brains of healthy rats, inhibition of GS by methionine sulfoximine (MSO) reduced glutamine synthesis and increased alanine synthesis. Here, we investigate effects of MSO on brain and interorgan ammonia metabolism in sham and bile duct ligated (BDL) rats. Concentrations of glutamine, glutamate, alanine, and aspartate and incorporation of (15)NH(4)(+) into these amino acids in brain, liver, muscle, kidney, and plasma were similar in sham and BDL rats treated with saline. Methionine sulfoximine reduced glutamine concentrations in liver, kidney, and plasma but not in brain and muscle; MSO reduced incorporation of (15)NH(4)(+) into glutamine in all tissues. It did not affect alanine concentrations in any of the tissues but plasma alanine concentration increased; incorporation of (15)NH(4)(+) into alanine was increased in brain in sham and BDL rats and in kidney in sham rats. It inhibited GS in all tissues examined but only in brain was an increased incorporation of (15)N-ammonia into alanine observed. Liver and kidney were important for metabolizing blood-borne ammonia.

  1. Heme oxygenase-1 overexpression increases liver injury after bile duct ligation in rats

    Matthias Froh; Ronald G Thurman; Lars Conzelmann; Peter Walbrun; Susanne Netter; Reiner Wiest; Michael D Wheeler; Mark Lehnert; Takehiko Uesugi; Jurgen Scholmerich


    AIM: To investigate the effects of heme oxygenase-1(HO-1) against oxidant-induced injury caused by bile duct ligation (BDL).METHODS: Either cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP), a HO-1 inducer, or saline were injected intraperitoneally in male SD-rats. Three days later, BDL or sham-operations were performed. Rats were sacrificed 3 wk after BDL and livers were harvested for histology. Fibrosis was evaluated by sirius red staining and image analysis.Alpha-smooth muscular actin, which indicates activation of stellate cells, was detected by immunohistochemical staining, and cytokine and collagen- Ⅰα (Col- Ⅰα) mRNA expression was detected using RNase protection assays.RESULTS: Serum alanine transaminase increased 8-fold above normal levels one day after BDL. Surprisingly,enzyme release was not reduced in rats receiving CoPP.Liver fibrosis was evaluated 3 wk after BDL and the sirius red-positive area was found to be increased to about 7.8%. However, in CoPP pretreated rats sirius redpositive areas were increased to about 11.7% after BDL.Collagen- Ⅰα and TGF-β mRNA increased significantly by BDL. Again, this effect was increased by HO-1overexpression.CONCLUSION: Hepatic fibrosis due to BDL is not reduced by the HO-1 inducer CoPP. In contrast, HO-1overexpression increases liver injury in rats under conditions of experimental chronic cholestasis.

  2. ß-adrenergic regulation of ion transport in pancreatic ducts: Patch-clamp study of isolated rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I


    BACKGROUND & AIMS: In the intact pancreas, bicarbonate secretion is thought to be controlled by a number of regulators, including adrenergic agonists. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of adrenergic agonists on pancreatic ducts, which are the site of bicarbonate secretion. METH...

  3. Effects of dexamethasone on small bowel and kidney oxidative stress and histological alterations in bile duct-ligated rats.

    Ozturk, Hayrettin; Eken, Halil; Ozturk, Hulya; Buyukbayram, Huseyin


    Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of toxic liver diseases and other hepatic alterations including obstruction of bile flow. It has been shown that the gastrointestinal tract and renal tissue is particularly affected during obstruction of bile flow. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effects of dexamethasone on small bowel and kidney oxidative stress and histological alterations in bile duct-ligated (BDL) rats. A total of 40 male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 200-240 g were used in this study. Group 1 (Sham-control, n = 10) rats underwent laparotomy and bile duct was dissected from the surrounding tissue. Group 2 (Dexa-control, n = 10) rats underwent laparotomy and bile duct was dissected from the surrounding tissue. The rats received daily dexamethasone. Group 3 (BDL/Untreated, n = 10) rats were subjected to bile duct ligation and no drug was applied. Group 4 (BDL/Dexa, n = 10) rats received daily dexamethasone by orogastric tube for 14 days after BDL. At the end of the 2-week period, superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and malondialdehyde (MDA) were measured and biochemical and histological evaluation were processed. The mean serum bilirubin, liver enzymes, MDA level, and histopathological score significantly decreased and SOD, CAT, and GSH-Px values were significantly increased in group 4 when compared to group 3. Group 3 presented a significant increase in caecal count of E. coli and in aerobe/anaerobe ratio. In group 4, liver was moderately damaged. Ileal biopsies from group 4 demonstrated a significant increase in villus height, total mucosal thickness, and villus density when compared to group 3. Glomerular injury scores (GIS) and arterial injury scores (AIS) in group 3 rats were increased in the juxtamedullary region. In contrast to group 4, tubulo-interstitial lesions were diffuse in group 3 animals. Dexamethasone reduced small bowel and kidney oxidative stress and histological

  4. Expression of p-PPARγ in the aging thoracic aorta of spontaneously hypertensive rat and inhibitory effect of rosiglitazone

    Hai-Feng; Yuan; Xiao-Lin; Niu; Deng-Feng; Gao; Guang-Hua; Hao; An-Qi; Song; Jin; Wei


    Objective:To investigate the expression of phosphorylated peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor y(p-PPARY) in the aging thoracic aorta of spontaneously hypertensive rat(SHR) and the inhibitory effect of rosiglitazone on the phosphorylation of PPART.Methods:16,32 and 64 week-old Wistar-Kyoto rats(WKY) and SHR were randomly and respectively divided into WKY,SHR and SHR+rosiglitazone group(9 in each group).The rats in SHR+rosiglitazone group were treated with rosiglitazone(5 mg/kg,intragastrically) for 56 d,whereas normal saline was applied in WKY and SHR groups.Systolic blood pressure(SBP)of rats was measured by tail cuff method.Histopathological damage of thoracic aorta was analyzed using Hematoxylin-Eosin(HE) staining.Immunohistochemical staining and western blot were performed to test the level of p-PPARY protein in the thoracic aorta arising from each group.Results:The SBP in 16,32 and 64 week-old SHR were significantly higher as compared with those in matched WKY rats(P<0.05,respectively).HE staining showed increased content of smooth muscle cell,wrinkled lining endothelium and increased thickness of internal elastic lamina in the thoracic aorta of SHR.Immunohistochemical staining and western blot indicated that the levels of p-PPARY in the thoracic aorta arising from SHR were obviously higher than those in the thoracic aorta arising from WKY rats(P<0.05,respectively).Importantly,the high SBP,histopathological abnormalities of the thoracic aorta and elevated p-PPARY expression were prominently abrogated by rosiglitazone treatment in SHR(P<0.05,respectively).Furthermore,the SBP,histopathological abnormalities of the thoracic aorta and p-PPARY expression were positively correlated with age in SHR(P<0.05,respectively).Conclusions:The PPARY phosphorylation was observed in the thoracic aorta of SHR and its expression was increased by the increase of age.Furthermore,rosiglitazone inhibited the PPARY phosphorylation and suppressed vascular aging in SHR.

  5. N-demethylation and N-oxidation of imipramine in rat thoracic aortic endothelial cells.

    Ueda, Yukari; Yaginuma, Toshihiko; Sakurai, Eiko; Sakurai, Eiichi


    The aim of this study was to examine whether cultured rat thoracic aortic endothelial cells (TAECs) have the ability to metabolize the tertiary amine, imipramine. In rat TAECs, imipramine was biotransformed into N-demethylate and N-oxide by cytochrome P450 (CYP) and flavin-containing monooxygenase (FMO), respectively. The intrinsic clearance (V max/K m) for the N-oxide formation was approximately five times as high as that for the N-demethylate formation, indicating that oxidation by CYP was much higher than that by FMO. Moreover, we suggest that CYP2C11 and CYP3A2 are key players in the metabolism to N-demethylate in rat TAECs using the respective anti-rat CYP antibodies (anti-CYP2C11 and anti-CYP3A2). The presence of CYP2C11 and CYP3A2 proteins was also confirmed in cultured rat TAECs using a polyclonal anti-CYP antibody and immunofluorescence microscopy. In contrast, the formation rate of N-oxide at pH 8.4 was higher than that at pH 7.4. Inhibition of N-oxide formation by methimazole was found to be the best model of competitive inhibition yielding an apparent K i value of 0.80 μmol/L, demonstrating that N-oxidation was catalyzed by FMO in rat TAECs. These results suggest that rat TAEC enzymes can convert substrates of exogenous origin such as imipramine, indicating that TAECs have an important function for metabolic products, besides hepatic cells.

  6. Protective effect of gadolinium chloride on early warm ischemia/reperfusion injury in rat bile duct during liver transplantation.

    Biao Wang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Activation of Kupffer cell (KC is acknowledged as a key event in the initiation and perpetuation of bile duct warm ischemia/reperfusion injury. The inhibitory effect of gadolinium chloride (GdCl(3 on KC activation shows potential as a protective intervention in liver injury, but there is less research with regard to bile duct injury. METHODS: Sixty-five male Sprague-Dawley rats (200-250 g were randomly divided into three experimental groups: a sham group (n = 15, a control group (n = 25, and a GdCl(3 group (n = 25. Specimen was collected at 0.5, 2, 6, 12 and 24 h after operation. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP and total bilirubin (TBIL of serum were measured. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, Capase-3 activity and soluble Fas (sFas were detected. The pathologic changes of bile duct were observed. Immunochemistry for bile duct Fas was performed. Apoptosis of bile duct cells was evaluated by the terminal UDP nick end labeling assay. RESULTS: GdCl(3 significantly decreased the levels of ALT, ALP and TBIL at 2, 6, 12, and 24 h, and increased serum sFas at 2, 6 and 12 h (P<0.05. TNF-α was lower in the GdCl(3 group than in the control group at 2, 6, 12 and 24 h (P<0.05. Preadministration of GdCl(3 significantly reduced the Caspase-3 activity and bile duct cell apoptosis at 2, 6, 12 and 24 h. After operation for 2, 6 and 12 h, the expression of Fas protein was lower in the GdCl(3 group than in the control group (P<0.05. CONCLUSIONS: GdCl(3 plays an important role in suppressing bile duct cell apoptosis, including decreasing ALT, ALP, TBIL and TNF-α; suppressing Fas-FasL-Caspase signal transduction during transplantation.

  7. Biliopancreatic duct injection of ethanol as an experimental model of acute and chronic pancreatitis in rats.

    Unal, Ethem; Atalay, Suleyman; Tolan, Huseyin Kerem; Yuksekdag, Sema; Yucel, Metin; Acar, Aylin; Basak, Fatih; Gunes, Pembegul; Bas, Gurhan


    In the present study, we described an easily reproducable experimental pancreatits model induced by biliopancreatic duct injection of ethyl alcohol. Seventy Wistar albino rats were divided equally into seven groups randomly: the control group (group 1), acute pancreatitis groups; induced by 20% ethanol (group 2), 48% ethanol (group 3), 80% ethanol (group 4), chronic pancreatitis groups; induced by 20% ethanol (group 5), 48% ethanol (group 6) and by 80% ethanol (group 7). Acute pancreatitis groups were sacrified on postoperative day 3, while the control group and chronic pancreatitis groups were killed on postoperative day 7. Histopathologic evaluation was done, and P acute pancreatitis (100%). Inflammatory infiltration of neutrophils and mononuclear cells, interstitial edema, and focal necrotic areas were seen in the pancreatic tissues. Similarly, all rats in group 6 developed chronic pancreatitis (100%). Interstitial fibrosis, lymphotic infiltration, ductal dilatation, acinar cell atrophy, periductal hyperplasia were seen in the pancreatic tissues. Mortality was seen only in group 7. The biliopancreatic ductal injection of 48% ethanol induced acute and chronic pancreatitis has 100% success rate.

  8. Relationships between NOS2 and HO-1 in liver of rats with chronic bile duct ligation.

    Flores, Olga; Criado, Manuela; Sánchez-Rodríguez, Angel; Hidalgo, Froilán; Collía, Francisco; López-Novoa, José Miguel; Esteller, Alejandro


    An increased expression and activity of the heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in the liver has been observed in models of hepatic damage. Nitric oxide (NO) seems to be involved in HO-1 regulation. The aim of this work is to assess HO-1 induction and heme oxygenase (HO) activity in rats with bile duct ligation (BDL). We have assessed the effect of chronic inhibition of the NO synthesis by N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) on HO-1 induction and HO activity. In the BDL animals, compared with sham-operated ones, we found an increased plasma nitrite and bilirubin concentration, and a marked liver expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase and HO-1, assessed by both Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Chronic l-NAME treatment prevented plasma nitrite increase in animals subjected to BDL. BDL animals treated with l-NAME, compared with untreated BDL rats, showed an important decrease in HO-1 expression and in HO activity (assessed as a decreased plasma bilirubin and bilirubin excretion). In conclusion, our experiments show parallel changes in expression and activity of HO-1 and NOS2 activity in the BDL model of liver damage and suggest that increased NO production is involved in HO-1 overexpression.

  9. Serum markers of the extracellular matrix remodeling reflect antifibrotic therapy in bile-duct ligated rats

    Schierwagen, Robert; Leeming, Diana Julie; Klein, Sabine


    reflect the stage of liver fibrosis and may allow monitoring of anti-fibrotic therapies. Here we analyzed these neo-epitopes as read-out for a liver directed therapy with statins. Methods: Bile duct ligation (BDL) was performed on wild type rats, which received atorvastatin (15 mg/kg(*)d) for 1 week...... to distinguish between early (T1-T3) and severe fibrosis (T4-T5). Statin treatment resulted in reduction of neo-epitope markers, especially when therapy was started in the stage of severe fibrosis (T4-T5). Furthermore, these markers correlated with hepatic expression of profibrotic cytokines TGFβ1 and TGFβ2....... Formation markers of type III and IV collagen (PRO-C3 and P4NP7S) and degradation markers C4M and C6M correlated significantly with hepatic MMP-2 activity in rats with severe fibrosis. Conclusion: Determination of ECM remodeling turnover markers in serum allowed a distinction between mild and severe...

  10. Dietary glycine blunts liver injury after bile duct ligation in rats

    Matthias Froh; Juirgen Scholmerich; Ronald G Thurman; Zhi Zhong; Peter Walbrun; Mark Lehnert; Susanne Netter; Reiner Wiest; Lars Conzelmann; Erwin Gaibele; Claus Hellerbrand


    AIM: To investigate the effects of (dietary) glycine against oxidant-induced injury caused by bile duct ligation (BDL).METHODS: Either a diet containing 5% glycine or a standard diet was fed to male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Three days later, BDL or sham-operation was performed. Rats were sacrificed 1 to 3 d after BDL. The influence of deoxycholic acid (DCA) in the presence or absence of glycine on liver cells was determined by measurement of calcium and chloride influx in cultivated Kupffer cells and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was determined in the supernatant of cultivated hepatocytes.RESULTS: Serum alanine transaminase levels increased to about 600 U/L 1 d after BDL. However, enzyme release was blunted by about two third in rats receiving glycine. Release of the alkaline phosphatase and aspartate aminotransferase was also blocked significantly in the group fed glycine. Focal necrosis was observed 2 d after BDL. Glycine partially blocked the histopathological changes. Incubation of Kupffer cells with DCA led to increased intracellular calcium that could be blocked by incubation with glycine. However, systemic blockage of Kupffer cells with gadolinium chloride had no effects on transaminase release. Incubation of isolated hepatocytes with DCA led to a significant release of LDH after 4 h. This release was largely blocked when incubation with glycine was performed.CONCLUSION: These data indicate that glycine significantly decreased liver injury, most likely by a direct effect on hepatocytes. Kupffer cells do not appear to play an important role in the pathological changes caused by cholestasis.

  11. Dietary glycine blunts liver injury after bile duct ligation in rats

    Froh, Matthias; Zhong, Zhi; Walbrun, Peter; Lehnert, Mark; Netter, Susanne; Wiest, Reiner; Conzelmann, Lars; Gäbele, Erwin; Hellerbrand, Claus; Schölmerich, Jürgen; Thurman, Ronald G


    AIM: To investigate the effects of (dietary) glycine against oxidant-induced injury caused by bile duct ligation (BDL). METHODS: Either a diet containing 5% glycine or a standard diet was fed to male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Three days later, BDL or sham-operation was performed. Rats were sacrificed 1 to 3 d after BDL. The influence of deoxycholic acid (DCA) in the presence or absence of glycine on liver cells was determined by measurement of calcium and chloride influx in cultivated Kupffer cells and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was determined in the supernatant of cultivated hepatocytes. RESULTS: Serum alanine transaminase levels increased to about 600 U/L 1 d after BDL. However, enzyme release was blunted by about two third in rats receiving glycine. Release of the alkaline phosphatase and aspartate aminotransferase was also blocked significantly in the group fed glycine. Focal necrosis was observed 2 d after BDL. Glycine partially blocked the histopathological changes. Incubation of Kupffer cells with DCA led to increased intracellular calcium that could be blocked by incubation with glycine. However, systemic blockage of Kupffer cells with gadolinium chloride had no effects on transaminase release. Incubation of isolated hepatocytes with DCA led to a significant release of LDH after 4 h. This release was largely blocked when incubation with glycine was performed. CONCLUSION: These data indicate that glycine significantly decreased liver injury, most likely by a direct effect on hepatocytes. Kupffer cells do not appear to play an important role in the pathological changes caused by cholestasis. PMID:18932277

  12. Rapid functional reorganization of the forelimb cortical representation after thoracic spinal cord injury in adult rats.

    Sydekum, Esther; Ghosh, Arko; Gullo, Miriam; Baltes, Christof; Schwab, Martin; Rudin, Markus


    Thoracic spinal cord injured rats rely largely on forelimbs to walk, as their hindlimbs are dysfunctional. This increased limb use is accompanied by expansion of the cortical forelimb sensory representation. It is unclear how quickly the representational changes occur and whether they are at all related to the behavioral adaptation. Using blood oxygenation level dependent functional mangetic resonance imaging (BOLD-fMRI) we show that major plastic changes of the somato-sensory map can occur as early as one day after injury. The extent of map increase was variable between animals, and some animals showed a reduction in map size. However, at three or seven days after injury a significant enhancement of the forelimb representation was evident in all the animals. In a behavioral test for precise limb control, crossing of a horizontal ladder, the injured rats relied almost entirely on their forelimbs; they initially made more mistakes than at 7 days post injury. Remarkably, in the individual animals the behavioral performance seen at seven days was proportional to the physiological change present at one day after injury. The rapid increase in cortical representation of the injury-spared body part may provide the additional neural substrate necessary for high level behavioral adaptation.

  13. Contraction of rat thoracic aorta strips induced by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate

    Itoh, H.; Lederis, K.


    Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) induced a slow and progressive increase in tension of rat thoracic aorta strips in the presence of extracellular CaS . Complete relaxation could not be obtained in CaS -free buffer containing 1 mM ethyleneglycol-bis(US -aminoethylether)-N,N'-tetraacetic acid (EGTA) and 10 X M PMA. In the absence of extracellular CaS , PMA (10 X M) induced a small but sustained contraction which was not altered by the addition of another 2 mM EGTA and 3 x 10 V M verapamil. Papaverine (10 U M) relaxed the PMA-induced contraction to the base line, but phentolamine (10 V M), cyproheptadine (10 V M), atropine (10 V M) and tetrodotoxine (10 W M) did not change the contraction. CaS -depleted muscle strips, prepared by four repeated applications of 10 X M norepinephrine in CaS -free buffer, were contracted by 10 X M PMA, but at a lower maximum tension than nontreated strips. The action of PMA on rat aorta strips in CaS -free buffer did not require the presence of the adventitial layer or endothelial cells. These results suggest that PMA may induce activation of protein kinase C and smooth muscle contraction in the absence of extracellular CaS , without an increase in myoplasmic CaS .

  14. Can Chronic Nitric Oxide Inhibition Improve Liver and Renal Dysfunction in Bile Duct Ligated Rats?

    Mona Fouad Mahmoud


    Full Text Available The aims of the present work were to study the effects of chronic NO inhibition on liver cirrhosis and to analyze its relationship with liver and kidney damage markers. Two inhibitors of NO synthesis (inducible NO synthase (iNOS inhibitor, aminoguanidine (AG, and nonselective NOS inhibitor, L-nitroarginine methyl ester (L-NAME were administered for 6 weeks to bile duct ligated (BDL rats 3 days after surgery. The present study showed that BDL was associated with liver injury and renal impairment. BDL increased liver NO content and myeloperoxidase (MPO activity. This was corroborated by increased oxidative stress, TNF-α, TGF-1β, and MMP-13 genes overexpression. Although both drugs reduced NO synthesis and TNF-α gene overexpression, only AG improved renal dysfunction and liver damage and reduced liver oxidative stress. However, L-NAME exacerbated liver and renal dysfunction. Both drugs failed to modulate TGF-1β and MMP-13 genes overexpression. In conclusion, inhibition of NO production by constitutive nitric oxide synthase (cNOS plays a crucial role in liver injury and renal dysfunction while inhibition of iNOS by AG has beneficial effect. TNF-α is not the main cytokine responsible for liver injury in BDL model. Nitric oxide inhibition did not stop the progression of cholestatic liver damage.

  15. Aqueous garlic extract alleviates liver fibrosis and renal dysfunction in bile-duct-ligated rats.

    Mahmoud, Mona F; Zakaria, Sara; Fahmy, Ahmed


    There is accumulating evidence that the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is involved in hepatic inflammation and fibrogenesis. Garlic was found to lower the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) in the serum of rats in a diabetic model. We examined the effect of an aqueous garlic extract (AGE) on the ACE activity, cholestasis-induced liver fibrosis, and associated renal dysfunction in comparison with the effect of the standard drug enalapril. Both AGE and enalapril were administered orally for six weeks starting from the third day after bile duct ligation (BDL). BDL significantly increased the serum activities of liver enzymes, serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, an indicator of liver cell death, serum total bilirubin (TB) level, liver myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, and liver malondialdehyde (MDA) content. BDL was associated with elevation of serum urea and creatinine levels indicating renal dysfunction. BDL also caused an increase in the transcript levels of the genes coding for tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-beta1), and matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13), a collagenase, in liver tissues. A significant decrease in hepatic reduced glutathione (GSH) was observed in BDL rats, while serum ACE activity was increased. Both AGE and enalapril counteracted all these deleterious changes, with the exception that only AGE reduced the MPO activity. These findings suggest that AGE possesses hepato- and renoprotective properties, similar to enalapril, probably by modulating the levels of proteins such as TNF-alpha, TGF-beta1 and MMP-13, and involving a reduction of ACE and of oxidative stress.

  16. Upper thoracic respiratory interneurons integrate noxious somatic and visceral information in rats.

    Qin, Chao; Chandler, Margaret J; Foreman, Robert D; Farber, Jay P


    The aim of this study was to determine if thoracic respiratory interneurons (TRINs) might receive peripheral noxious somatic and visceral inputs. Extracellular potentials of 78 respiration-related T(3) neurons, whose activity was driven by central respiratory output, were recorded from the intermediate zone in pentobarbital anesthetized, paralyzed, and ventilated male rats. These neurons were identified as interneurons by their locations and by the absence of antidromic activation from the cervical sympathetic trunk and cerebellum. Thoracic esophageal distension (ED) was produced by water inflation of a latex balloon (0.1-0.5 ml, 20 s). A catheter was placed in the pericardial sac to administer 0.2 ml bradykinin (10(-5) M) for noxious cardiac stimulation. Of 78 TRINs examined for ED, activity of 24 TRINs increased and activity of 8 TRINs decreased. Intrapericardial bradykinin increased activity in 26/65 TRINs tested and decreased activity in 5 TRINs. Seventy-four TRINs were tested for effects of brush, pressure, and pinch of the chest and upper back areas. No TRINs responded to brushing hair. Low-threshold responses to pressure were observed in 27 TRINs. Fourteen TRINs were wide dynamic range and 4 TRINs had high-threshold responses. Peripheral stimuli affected all types of TRINs, including inspiratory, expiratory, and biphasic neurons. Simultaneous phrenic recordings showed that effects of various somatic and visceral stimuli on TRINs were independent of central respiratory drive. Various somatovisceral and viscerovisceral patterns of input were observed in TRINs. The results suggested that TRINs participate in intraspinal processing and integration of nociceptive information from somatic fields and visceral organs.

  17. Effect of bicarbonate on potassium conductance of isolated perfused rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I; Greger, R


    The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the K+ conductance in unstimulated and stimulated pancreatic ducts and to see how it is affected by provision of exogenous HCO3-/CO2. For this purpose we have applied electrophysiological techniques to perfused pancreatic ducts, which were diss...

  18. Increased secretion of insulin and proliferation of islet {beta}-cells in rats with mesenteric lymph duct ligation

    Nagino, Ko; Yokozawa, Junji; Sasaki, Yu; Matsuda, Akiko; Takeda, Hiroaki [Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Yamagata University, Yamagata 990-9585 (Japan); Kawata, Sumio, E-mail: [Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Yamagata University, Yamagata 990-9585 (Japan); Hyogo Prefectural Nishinomiya Hospital, 13-9 Rokutanji-cho, Nishinomiya 662-0918 (Japan)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Insulin secretion was increased during the OGTT or IVGTT in mesenteric lymph duct-ligated rats. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Proliferation of islet {beta}-cells was upregulated in lymph duct-ligated rats. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mesenteric lymph duct flow has a role in glucose metabolism. -- Abstract: Background and aims: It has been suggested that intestinal lymph flow plays an important role in insulin secretion and glucose metabolism after meals. In this study, we investigated the influence of ligation of the mesenteric lymph duct on glucose metabolism and islet {beta}-cells in rats. Methods: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (10 weeks old) were divided into two groups: one underwent ligation of the mesenteric lymph duct above the cistern (ligation group), and the other underwent a sham operation (sham group). After 1 and 2 weeks, fasting plasma concentrations of glucose, insulin, triglyceride, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), and the active form of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) were measured. At 2 weeks after the operation, the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and intravenous glucose tolerance test (IVGTT) were performed. After the rats had been sacrificed, the insulin content of the pancreas was measured and the proliferation of {beta}-cells was assessed immunohistochemically using antibodies against insulin and Ki-67. Results: During the OGTT, the ligation group showed a significant decrease in the plasma glucose concentration at 120 min (p < 0.05) and a significant increase in the plasma insulin concentration by more than 2-fold at 15 min (p < 0.01). On the other hand, the plasma GIP concentration was significantly decreased at 60 min (p < 0.01) in the ligated group, while the active form of GLP-1 showed a significantly higher level at 90 min (1.7-fold; p < 0.05) and 120 min (2.5-fold; p < 0.01). During the IVGTT, the plasma insulin concentration in the ligation group was significantly higher at 2

  19. Cellular localization of adenine receptors in the rat kidney and their functional significance in the inner medullary collecting duct.

    Kishore, Bellamkonda K; Zhang, Yue; Gevorgyan, Haykanush; Kohan, Donald E; Schiedel, Anke C; Müller, Christa E; Peti-Peterdi, János


    The Gi-coupled adenine receptor (AdeR) binds adenine with high affinity and potentially reduces cellular cAMP levels. Since cAMP is an important second messenger in the renal transport of water and solutes, we localized AdeR in the rat kidney. Real-time RT-PCR showed higher relative expression of AdeR mRNA in the cortex and outer medulla compared with the inner medulla. Immunoblots using a peptide-derived and affinity-purified rabbit polyclonal antibody specific for an 18-amino acid COOH-terminal sequence of rat AdeR, which we generated, detected two bands between ∼30 and 40 kDa (molecular mass of native protein: 37 kDa) in the cortex, outer medulla, and inner medulla. These bands were ablated by preadsorption of the antibody with the immunizing peptide. Immunofluorescence labeling showed expression of AdeR protein in all regions of the kidney. Immunoperoxidase revealed strong labeling of AdeR protein in the cortical vasculature, including the glomerular arterioles, and less intense labeling in the cells of the collecting duct system. Confocal immunofluorescence imaging colocalized AdeR with aquaporin-2 protein to the apical plasma membrane in the collecting duct. Functionally, adenine (10 μM) significantly decreased (P < 0.01) 1-deamino-8-d-arginine vasopressin (10 nM)-induced cAMP production in ex vivo preparations of inner medullary collecting ducts, which was reversed by PSB-08162 (20 μM, P < 0.01), a selective antagonist of AdeR. Thus, we demonstrated the expression of AdeR in the renal vasculature and collecting ducts and its functional relevance. This study may open a new avenue for the exploration of autocrine/paracrine regulation of renal vascular and tubular functions by the nucleobase adenine in health and disease.

  20. GPER1 in sand rat epididymis: Effects of seasonal variations, castration and efferent ducts ligation.

    Menad, Rafik; Fernini, Meriem; Smaï, Souaâd; Bonnet, Xavier; Gernigon-Spychalowicz, Thérèse; Moudilou, Elara; Khammar, Farida; Exbrayat, Jean-Marie


    Estrogen plays a crucial role in regulating epididymal function and development. Estrogen signaling is mediated via two main receptors essentially involved in the genomic regulating pathway: ERα and ERβ. Recent studies revealed the contribution of a novel estrogen receptor involved in the non-genomic pathway: GPER1. This receptor belongs to the family of seven-transmembrane G-protein-coupled receptors and it triggers rapid cellular responses. Immuno-histochemical studies and Western Blot analyses were performed to investigate the GPER1 expression in the caput and cauda epididymis of free-ranging fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus) captured during the breeding and resting seasons. We also investigated the effect of castration (C), castration followed by testosterone treatment (C+T), and ligation of the efferent ducts (L). During the breeding season, a marked positive GPER1 immunoreactivity was detected in the cytoplasm of principal cells and basal cells; this signal persisted during the resting season, attenuated however, meanwhile the clear cells were not immuno-reactive. In C animals, the immuno-histochemical staining underwent nuclear translocation. In C+T animals, this response became nuclear and cytoplasmic. In the L group, the expression of the GPER1 was mainly located in the cytoplasm of principal cells and in the nuclei of basal cells; the sperm was also immune-positive in the cauda epididymis. Western blot analysis showed that GPER1 has a molecular weight of 55kDa in the caput and cauda epididymis during the breeding season, and it persisted during the resting season in the caput epididymis with a decrease in the cauda epididymis. These results suggest that GPER1 mediate a specific cellular estrogen signaling with marked differences between the breeding and resting seasons. Experimental groups suggest that testosterone is involved in the regulation of the expression of GPER1, in addition to other estrogen signalization pathways. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B

  1. Bile duct ligation in rats: A reliable model of hepatorenal syndrome?

    Stelios F Assimakopoulos; Constantine E Vagianos


    The two most widely used experimental models of advanced liver disease are the administration of carbon tetrachloride, and common bile duct ligation (BDL), however, neither has been systematically evaluated as a model of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS). The BDL model in rats, studied at diverse time points, induced a progressive renal dysfunction without structural changes in the kidney. The authors concluded that BDL is a good model for further studies of HRS and its treatment. However, the renal impairment observed at the acute phase of the BDL model is based on a different pathophysiology than that of HRS. Specifically, in acute obstructive jaundice, cholemia predominates over parenchymal liver disease (reversible at this stage without portal hypertension or cirrhosis) and independently induces negative inotropic and chronotropic effects on the heart,impaired sympathetic vasoconstriction response and profound natriuresis and diuresis that might lead to volume depletion. In addition, systemic endotoxemia contributes to the prerenal etiology of renal impairment and promotes direct nephrotoxicity and acute tubular necrosis. On the other hand, the renal failure observed in the chronic BDL model (with development of biliary cirrhosis, portal hypertension and ascites) shares pathophysiological similarities with HRS, but the accordance of the chronic BDL model to the diagnostic criteria of HRS (e.g. absence of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, no renal function improvement after plasma volume expansion) should have been confirmed. In conclusion, we think that the BDL model is not suitable for the study of the natural history of HRS, but the chronic BDL model might be valid for the study of established HRS and its potential therapies.

  2. Cell type-specific glycoconjugates of collecting duct cells during maturation of the rat kidney.

    Holthöfer, H


    The ontogeny of lectin-positive epithelial cell types and the maturation of polarized expression of the glycocalyx of the collecting ducts (CD) of the rat kidney were studied from samples of 18th-day fetal and neonatal kidneys of various ages. Lectins from Dolichos biflorus (DBA) and Vicia villosa (VVA), with preferential affinity to principal cells, stained virtually all CD cells of the fetal kidneys. However, within two days postnatally, the number of cells positive for DBA and VVA decreased to amounts found in the adult kidneys. Moreover, a characteristic change occurred rapidly after birth in the intracellular polarization of the reactive glycoconjugates, from a uniform plasmalemmal to a preferentially apical staining. In contrast, lectins from Arachis hypogaea (PNA), Maclura pomifera (MPA) and Lotus tetragonolobus (LTA), reacting indiscriminatively with principal and intercalated cells of adult kidneys, stained most CD cells in the fetal kidneys, and failed to show any postnatal change in the amount of positive cells or in the intracellular polarization. The immunocytochemical tests for (Na + K)-ATPase and carbonic anhydrase (CA II) revealed the characteristic postnatal decrease in the amount of principal cells and simultaneous increase in the amount of CA II rich intercalated cells. DBA and VVA reactive cells also decreased postnatally, paralleling the changes observed in the (Na + K)-ATPase positive principal cells. The present results suggest that the expression of the cell type-specific glycocalyx of principal and intercalated cells is developmentally regulated, undergoes profound changes during maturation, and is most likely associated with electrolyte transport phenomena.

  3. In vitro vasorelaxation mechanisms of bioactive compounds extracted from Hibiscus sabdariffa on rat thoracic aorta

    Sarr, Mamadou; Ngom, Saliou; Kane, Modou O; Wele, Alassane; Diop, Doudou; Sarr, Bocar; Gueye, Lamine; Andriantsitohaina, Ramaroson; Diallo, Aminata S


    Background In this study, we suggested characterizing the vasodilator effects and the phytochemical characteristics of a plant with food usage also used in traditional treatment of arterial high blood pressure in Senegal. Methods Vascular effects of crude extract of dried and powdered calyces of Hibiscus sabdariffa were evaluated on isolated thoracic aorta of male Wistar rats on organ chambers. The crude extract was also enriched by liquid-liquid extraction. The various cyclohexane, dichloromethane, ethyl acetate, butanol extracts obtained as well as the residual marc were subjected to Sephadex LH-20 column chromatography. The different methanolic eluate fractions were then analyzed by Thin Layer (TLC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and their vascular effects also evaluated. Results The H. Sabdariffa crude extract induced mainly endothelium-dependent relaxant effects. The endothelium-dependent relaxations result from NOS activation and those who not dependent to endothelium from activation of smooth muscle potassium channels. The phytochemical analysis revealed the presence of phenolic acids in the ethyl acetate extract and anthocyans in the butanolic extract. The biological efficiency of the various studied extracts, in term of vasorelaxant capacity, showed that: Butanol extract > Crude extract > Residual marc > Ethyl acetate extract. These results suggest that the strong activity of the butanolic extract is essentially due to the presence of anthocyans found in its fractions 43-67. Conclusion These results demonstrate the vasodilator potential of hibiscus sabdariffa and contribute to his valuation as therapeutic alternative. PMID:19883513

  4. Gomisin A from Schisandra chinensis induces endothelium-dependent and direct relaxation in rat thoracic aorta.

    Park, Ji Young; Lee, Seung Jin; Yun, Mi Ran; Seo, Kyo Won; Bae, Sun Sik; Park, June Woo; Lee, You Jin; Shin, Woo Jung; Choi, Young Whan; Kim, Chi Dae


    Schisandra chinensis (SC), a member of the Magnoliaceae family, has been used to improve the vascular health for postmenopausal women in Korea. In order to provide some scientific rationales for such effectiveness, this study investigated the vascular effects of gomisin A (GA) from SC. In the endothelium (ED)-intact rings of rat thoracic aorta, GA (1 x 10 (-6) to 3 x 10 (-4) M) caused a concentration-dependent relaxation which was markedly attenuated not only by removal of ED but also by pretreatment with N(G)-nitro- L-arginine (10 (-4) M) or 1 H-[1,2,4]oxadiazol[4,3- a]quinoxalin-1-one (3 x 10 (-5) M). Direct measurement of nitrite, a metabolite of nitric oxide (NO), confirmed that NO production in isolated aorta was increased by GA. In the ED-denuded specimens, the relaxation by GA was not abolished but reduced significantly. The relaxation by GA in ED-denuded aortic rings were clearly inhibited by calyculin A (3 x 10 (-8) M), an inhibitor of MLC phosphatase. Furthermore, the phenylephrine-enhanced phosphorylation ratio of MLC was significantly attenuated by GA. Based on these results, it is suggested that GA induced vascular relaxation by partially activating ED-dependent NO pathway, and partially dephosphorylation of MLC.

  5. Intermittent exercise improves the vasoreactivity of the thoracic aorta in rats.

    Xu, Tao; Luo, Yan; Hu, Shuting; Hou, Ling; Niu, Jianguo; Li, Guanghua


    Vasoreactivity is the most basic and direct indicator to reflect the artery vascular functional state in the body. The majority of previous studies have shown that a high-fat diet (HD) is often associated with a variety of cardiovascular diseases. However, the type of exercise that improves vasoreactivity, as is induced by a HD, remains to be elucidated. In the present study, the effects of aerobic moderate-intensity intermittent exercise through swimming were investigated on thoracic aorta vascular ring contraction and free radical metabolism using Sprague-Dawley rat models of common diet (CD; 23 g protein, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 5 g fiber, 7 g bone meal and 6 g vitamins per 100 g), HD (peanuts, milk chocolate and sweet biscuits, in a weight ratio of 3:2:2:1), CD with intermittent exercise (CIE) and HD with intermittent exercise (HIE). The food utilization rate in the swimming group (CIE) decreased in comparison with the CD group. Lee's index in the CIE group decreased in comparison to that of CD after 8 weeks (Pfunction by enhanced antioxidant enzyme activity and reduced free radical generating.

  6. Effects of catechins on vascular tone in rat thoracic aorta with endothelium.

    Sanae, Fujiko; Miyaichi, Yukinori; Kizu, Haruhisa; Hayashi, Hisao


    The effects of eight catechin derivatives on vascular tone in rat thoracic aorta were examined. Catechin derivatives (10 microM) potentiated the contractile response to phenylephrine in endothelium-intact arteries. The potentiations produced by EGCg and EGC were almost absent in endothelium-denuded arteries and abolished by N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthesis. The catechin derivatives also inhibited endothelium-dependent relaxation in response to acetylcholine. The order of catechin derivatives ranked in terms of both increasing vascular reactivity and impairing endothelium-dependent relaxation was similar; (-)-gallocatechin (GC) >or= (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC) >or= (-)-gallocatechin gallate (GCg) >or= (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) >or= (-)-catechin (C) >or= (-)-epicatechin (EC) >or= (-)-catechin gallate (Cg) >or= (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECg). In addition, EGC inhibited the endothelium-independent relaxation evoked by both sodium nitroprusside and NOC-7, a spontanous NO releaser, but EGCg inhibited only that by NOC-7. These findings indicate that catechin derivatives produce a potentiation of the contractile response and an inhibition of the vasorelaxant response, probably through inactivation of endothelium-derived nitric oxide (NO), and that the hydroxyl on C-5 of the B ring together with the stereoscopic structure between the C-3 group and the B ring of flavanols was of importance in mediating the above effects and that the substitution of a gallate group of C-3 attenuated the effects, probably due to a decreased response to solube guanylate cyclase in vascular smooth muscle cells.

  7. Endothelium-dependent contraction of rat thoracic aorta induced by gallic acid.

    Sanae, Fujiko; Miyaichi, Yukinori; Hayashi, Hisao


    The vascular effect of a component of hydrolysable tannins, gallic acid, was examined in isolated rat thoracic aorta. Gallic acid exerted a contractile effect on the phenylephrine- or prostaglandin F(2/alpha)-precontracted endothelium-intact arteries. In endothelium-denuded arteries, the contractile response to-gallic acid was absent. Pretreatment with N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (30 microM) abolished the gallic acid-induced contraction. Pretreatment with indomethacin (10 microM) or BQ610 (100 nM) had no observed effect. Pretreatment with gallic acid (1-10 microM) significantly attenuated the relaxation induced by acetylcholine, and that with 10 microM gallic acid also reduced the potency of sodium nitroprusside in the relaxation, without a reduction in efficacy, in endothelium-denuded arteries. These findings indicate that gallic acid induced endothelium-dependent contraction and strongly inhibited the endothelium-dependent relaxation rather than the endothelium-independent relaxation, probably through inhibition of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) production. Since NO plays an important role in vasodilative regulation and inflammatory disorders, these findings may also indicate that gallic acid interferes with the inflammatory responses.

  8. Serum markers of the extracellular matrix remodelling reflect antifibrotic therapy in bile-duct ligated rats.

    Robert eSchierwagen


    Full Text Available BackgroundProgression of liver fibrosis is characterized by synthesis and degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM. Matrix-metalloproteinases (MMP cleave collagen fibers at a specific site and thereby generate soluble fragments of ECM (neo-epitopes. The levels of these neo-epitopes might reflect the stage of liver fibrosis and may allow monitoring of anti-fibrotic therapies. Here we analyzed these neo-epitopes as read-out for a liver directed therapy with statins.MethodsBile duct ligation (BDL was performed on wildtype rats, which received atorvastatin (15mg/kg*d for one week starting at one, two, three, four and five weeks after BDL (T1-T5, while controls remained untreated. Hepatic fibrosis was analyzed by immunohistochemistry and hepatic hydroxyproline content. TGFβ levels were measured by RT-PCR. Proteolytic activity of MMP-2 was examined by zymography. Levels of degradation MMP driven type I, III, IV and VI collagen degradation (C1M, C3M, C4M and C6M and type III and IV collagen formation (PRO-C3 and P4NP7S markers were assessed by specific ELISAs in serum probes.ResultsSerum markers of ECM neo-epitopes reflected significantly the deposition of ECM in the liver and were able to distinguish between early (T1-T3 and severe fibrosis (T4-T5. Statin treatment to the fibrotic livers resulted in reduction of neo-epitope markers, especially when therapy was started in the stage of severe fibrosis (T4-T5. Furthermore, these markers correlated with hepatic expression of profibrotic cytokines TGFβ1 and TGFβ2. Formation markers of type III and IV collagen (PRO-C3 and P4NP7S and degradation markers C4M and C6M correlated significantly with MMP-2 activity in rats with severe fibrosis. ConclusionDetermination of ECM remodelling turnover markers in serum allowed a distinction between mild and severe fibrosis. With respect to statin therapy, the markers may serve as read-out for efficacy of anti-fibrotic treatment.

  9. Comparative analysis between thoracic spinal cord and sacral neuromodulation in a rat spinal cord injury model: a preliminary report of a rat spinal cord stimulation model.

    Hyun, Seung-Jae; Lee, Chang-Hyun; Kwon, Ji Woong; Yoon, Cheol-Yong; Lim, Jae-Young; Kim, Ki-Jeong; Jahng, Tae-Ahn; Kim, Hyun-Jib


    The purpose of this study is to compare a neuroprotective effect of thoracic cord neuromodulation to that of sacral nerve neuromodulation in rat thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI) model. Twenty female Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: the normal control group (n=5), SCI with sham stimulation group (SCI, n=5), SCI with electrical stimulation at thoracic spinal cord (SCI + TES, n=5), and SCI with electrical stimulation at sacral nerve (SCI + SES, n=5). Spinal cord was injured by an impactor which dropped from 25mm height. Electrical stimulation was performed by the following protocol: pulse duration, 0.1ms; frequency, 20 Hz; stimulation time, 30 minutes; and stimulation duration at thoracic epidural space and S2 or 3 neural foramina for 4 weeks. Locomotor function, urodynamic study, muscle weights, and fiber cross sectional area (CSA) were investigated. All rats of the SCI + TES group expired within 3 days after the injury. The locomotor function of all survived rats improved over time but there was no significant difference between the SCI and the SCI + SES group. All rats experienced urinary retention after the injury and recovered self-voiding after 3-9 days. Voiding contraction interval was 25.5±7.5 minutes in the SCI group, 16.5±5.3 minutes in the SCI+SES group, and 12.5±4.2 minutes in the control group. The recovery of voiding contraction interval was significant in the SCI + SES group comparing to the SCI group (pspinal cord stimulation model. However, sacral neuromodulation have a therapeutic potential to improve neurogenic bladder and muscle atrophy.

  10. Secretin stimulates HCO3(-) and acetate efflux but not Na+/HCO3(-) uptake in rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I; Christoffersen, B C


    - concentration or addition of H2DIDS (10 microM) increased pHi by 0.1 to 0.5 pH units, demonstrating Cl-/ HCO(3)- (OH ) exchanger activity. In experimental acidosis, extracellular HCO3(-)/CO2 buffer did not increase the rate of pHi recovery, indicating that provision of HCO3(-) by the Na+/HCO3(-) cotransporter......(-) efflux, which can account for the observed HCO3(-) concentrations in rat pancreatic juice. Acetate and HCO3(-) buffers were handled similarly, indicating similar transport mechanisms in pancreatic ducts....

  11. Resveratrol Prevented Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction in Rat Thoracic Aorta Through Increased eNOS Expression

    Uğurel, Seda Sultan; Kuşçu, Nilay; Özenci, Çiler Çelik; Dalaklıoğlu, Selvinaz; Taşatargil, Arda


    Background: The cardiovascular benefits of Resveratrol (RVT) have been well established by previous experimental and clinical studies. Aims: The goal of this study was to test the effectiveness of RVT administration on the impaired endothelial function induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and to elucidate the role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS)/Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) pathway. Study Design: Animal experiment. Methods: Endotoxemia was induced by intraperitoneal injection of 10 mg/kg LPS, and the thoracic aorta was isolated six hours later. RVT was injected intraperitoneally 15 minutes before LPS administration. Six hours after LPS injection, potassium chloride (KCl), phenylephrine (Phe), acetylcholine (ACh), and sodium nitroprusside (SNP) were used to examine to vascular reactivity and endothelial function. eNOS, phospho-eNOS (p-eNOS) (Ser 1177), and SIRT1 expressions in thoracic aorta were evaluated by Western blot. Results: LPS administration significantly inhibited the relaxation response induced by ACh, while the relaxation to SNP was not significantly altered. Phe- and KCl-induced contractile responses in the thoracic aorta significantly decreased in LPS-injected group. eNOS and p-eNOS expression decreased significantly in arteries obtained from LPS group rats. The impaired vasoreactivity as well as decreased expressions of eNOS, p-eNOS, and SIRT1 in vessels from LPS-injected rats were improved by RVT treatment. Conclusion: The endothelium-dependent vasodilatation of the thoracic aorta was significantly inhibited by LPS administration, and RVT treatment may improve vascular endothelial function. The protective effect of RVT might be associated with increased eNOS expression and activity. PMID:27403381

  12. Neuropeptide Y, peptide YY, and pancreatic polypeptide modulate duodenal and colonic motility at a thoracic spinal site in rats.

    Wager-Pagé, S A; Ghazali, B; Anderson, W; Veale, W L; Davison, J S


    Neuropeptide Y, PYY, and PP (200 pmol) alter intraluminal pressure in the duodenum and colon of rats following their administration into the thoracic (T8-T10) region of the spinal cord. Neuropeptide Y decreases the tone of the duodenum and the colon following intrathecal (T8-T10) administration prior to an increase in tone to baseline or greater. There is no effect on intraluminal pressure of either the duodenum or the colon following intrathecal administration of NPY or PP into the lumbar (L4-L5) region of the spinal cord. Following intrathecal (T8-T10) administration of PYY and PP, increases in intraduodenal pressures are observed (+2.1 and +3.0 mmHg from saline baseline). Phasic contractions of the duodenum are increased following intrathecal administration of PYY into the thoracic spinal cord of rats. Neuropeptide Y, PYY, and PP increase intracolonic pressure +2.2, +3.3, and +3.7 mmHg from saline baseline, respectively. Phasic contractions of the colon are increased following PP intrathecal thoracic administration. Responsiveness of the duodenum or colon to the different ligands of the PP-fold peptide family in the absence of alpha-adrenergic blockade did not vary. The increases in intraluminal pressure of the duodenum and colon following intrathecal administration of the PP-fold peptides are attenuated by both alpha-1 adrenergic (prazosin) and alpha-2 adrenergic (yohimbine) blockade. There is a difference in responsiveness of the colon between the ligands of the PP-fold family in the presence of the alpha-2 adrenergic blockade. The findings of this study indicate that duodenal and colonic motility are modulated by the PP-fold peptides at thoracic spinal sites via alteration of sympathetic outflow.

  13. Peripheral and spinal 5-HT receptors participate in cholestatic itch and antinociception induced by bile duct ligation in rats

    Tian, Bin; Wang, Xue-Long; Huang, Ya; Chen, Li-Hua; Cheng, Ruo-Xiao; Zhou, Feng-Ming; Guo, Ran; Li, Jun-Cheng; Liu, Tong


    Although 5-HT has been implicated in cholestatic itch and antinociception, two common phenomena in patients with cholestatic disease, the roles of 5-HT receptor subtypes are unclear. Herein, we investigated the roles of 5-HT receptors in itch and antinociception associated with cholestasis, which was induced by common bile duct ligation (BDL) in rats. 5-HT-induced enhanced scratching and antinociception to mechanical and heat stimuli were demonstrated in BDL rats. 5-HT level in the skin and spinal cord was significantly increased in BDL rats. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis showed 5-HT1B, 5-HT1D, 5-HT2A, 5-HT3A, 5-HT5B, 5-HT6, and 5-HT7 were up-regulated in peripheral nervous system and 5-HT1A, 5-HT1F, 5-HT2B, and 5-HT3A were down-regulated in the spinal cord of BDL rats. Intradermal 5-HT2, 5-HT3, and 5-HT7 receptor agonists induced scratching in BDL rats, whereas 5-HT3 agonist did not induce scratching in sham rats. 5-HT1A, 5-HT2, 5-HT3, and 5-HT7 agonists or antagonists suppressed itch in BDL rats. 5-HT1A agonist attenuated, but 5-HT1A antagonist enhanced antinociception in BDL rats. 5-HT2 and 5-HT3 agonists or antagonists attenuated antinociception in BDL rats. Our data suggested peripheral and central 5-HT system dynamically participated in itch and antinociception under cholestasis condition and targeting 5-HT receptors may be an effective treatment for cholestatic itch. PMID:27824106

  14. 胸导管结扎对食管癌患者术后脂类代谢的影响%Influence of thoracic duct ligation on lipid metabolism after esophagectomy

    张永恒; 杨波; 袁真真; 陈权


    Objective To explore influence of thoracic duct ligation on lipid metabolism after esophagectomy. Methods Seventy-four patients with esophageal cancer received esophagectomy were divided into two groups by their thoracic duct ligation, 39 in ligation group and 35 in non-ligation group. All the patients were fed with nutrients through nasal-duodenal tube placed during operation from the 1 st day to the 8th day after surgery, and started taking liquid diet on the 6th day. Blood specimens were collected from the patients on the 1st day after admission, the 9th day, one month and three months after surgery,respectively for biochemical analysis,including determinations of total cholesterol(TC),triglyeeride(TG),high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol ( HDL-C) and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol ( LDL-C) . Databetween the two groups were compared with statistical analysis. Results No significant difference in plasma levels of TC, TG and HDI.-C was found between the two groups at varied time points. Plasma level of LDL-C in the ligation group significantly decreased on the 9th day after surgery, as compared with that in the nonligation group ( P < 0. 05), and went down to the lowest level one month after surgery. Conclusions Chylomicron was blocked to enter blood stream and production of LDL-C decreased by thoracic duct ligation,which affect lipid absorption and metabolism leading to poor early nutrition in patients with esophagealsurgery due to slower establishment of collateral circulation.%目的 探讨胸导管结扎对食管癌患者术后脂类代谢的影响.方法 将74例食管癌手术患者分成胸导管结扎组(39例)和胸导管不结扎组(35例).两组均在术中置入鼻十二指肠管,从术后第1天开始肠内营养直到术后第8天.所有病例均从术后第6天经口进食流质饮食.入院第2天、手术后第9天、术后1个月、术后3个月采晨空腹静脉血,检测血浆胆固醇、甘油三酯(TG)、高密度脂蛋白胆固醇(HDL

  15. The suspensory ligament of the endolymphatic duct in the rat. An ultrastructural study

    Qvortrup, K; Bretlau, P


    sudden increases in intracranial pressure. The capillaries and the aqueductal vein were located in intimate relationship to the epithelial cells. Both types of vessels were provided with fenestrations of the endothelial cells, supporting the proposal that the endolymphatic duct may be involved...

  16. Normothermic Machine Perfusion Reduces Bile Duct Injury and Improves Biliary Epithelial Function in Rat Donor Livers

    Op den Dries, Sanna; Karimian, Negin; Westerkamp, Andrie C; Sutton, Michael E; Kuipers, Michiel; Wiersema-Buist, Janneke; Ottens, Petra J; Kuipers, Jeroen; Giepmans, Ben N; Leuvenink, Henri G D; Lisman, Ton; Porte, Robert J

    BACKGROUND: Bile duct injury may occur during liver procurement and transplantation, especially in livers donated after circulatory death (DCD). Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) has been shown to reduce hepatic injury, compared to static cold storage (SCS). However, it is unknown whether NMP

  17. The alpha(1G)-subunit of a voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channel is localized in rat distal nephron and collecting duct

    Andreasen, D; Jensen, B L; Hansen, P B


    +CCD), and inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD). alpha(1G) mRNA was expressed in the IMCD cell line mIMCD-3. Single- and double-labeling immunohistochemistry and confocal laser microscopy on semithin paraffin sections of rat kidneys by using an anti-alpha(1G) antibody demonstrated a distinct labeling...

  18. Chemical activation of C(1)-C(2) spinal neurons modulates activity of thoracic respiratory interneurons in rats.

    Qin, C; Farber, J P; Chandler, M J; Foreman, R D


    Discharge patterns of thoracic dorsal horn neurons are influenced by chemical activation of cell bodies in cervical spinal segments C(1)-C(2). The present aim was to examine whether such activation would specifically affect thoracic respiratory interneurons (TRINs) of the deep dorsal horn and intermediate zone in pentobarbital sodium-anesthetized, paralyzed, artificially ventilated rats. We also characterized discharge patterns and pathways of TRIN activation in rats. A total of 77 cells were classified as TRINs by location, continued burst activity related to phrenic discharge when the respirator was stopped, and lack of antidromic response from selected pathways. A variety of respiration-phased discharge patterns was documented whose pathways were interrupted by ipsilateral C(1) transection. Glutamate pledgets (1 M, 1 min) on the dorsal surface of the spinal cord inhibited 22/49, excited 15/49, or excited/inhibited 3/49 tested cells. Incidence of responses did not depend on whether the phase of TRIN discharge was inspiratory, expiratory, or biphasic. Phrenic nerve activity was unaffected by chemical activation of C(1)-C(2) in this preparation. Besides supraspinal input, TRIN activity may be influenced by upper cervical modulatory pathways.

  19. Hemodynamic and antifibrotic effects of a selective liver nitric oxide donor V-PYRRO/NO in bile duct ligated rats

    Frédéric Moal; Dominique Bonnefont-Rousselot; Marie Christine Rousselet; Paul Calès; Nary Veal; Eric Vuillemin; Eric Barrière; Jianhua Wang; Lionel Fizanne; Frédéric Oberti; Olivier Douay; Yves Gallois


    AIM: To assess whether a liver specific nitric oxide (NO)donor (V-PYRRO/NO) would prevent the development of portal hypertension and liver fibrosis in rats with bile duct ligation (BDL).METHODS: Treatment (placebo or V-PYRRO/NO0.53 μmol/kg per hour) was administered i.v. to rats 2 d before BDL (D-2) and maintained until the day of hemodynamic measurement (D26). Intra-hepatic NO level was estimated by measuring liver cGMP level. Effects of V-PYRRO/NO on liver fibrosis and lipid peroxidation were also assessed.RESULTS: Compared to placebo treatment, V-PYRRO/NO improved splanchnic hemodynamics in BDL rats:portal pressure was significantly reduced by 27% (P< 0.0001) and collateral circulation development was almost completely blocked (splenorenal shunt blood flow by 74%, P = 0.007). Moreover, V-PYRRO/NO significantly prevented liver fibrosis development in BDL rats (by 30% in hepatic hydroxyproline content and 31% in the area of fibrosis, P < 0.0001 respectively), this effect being probably due to a decrease in lipid peroxidation by 44% in the hepatic malondialdehyde level (P =0.007). Interestingly, we observed a significant and expected increase in liver cGMP, without any systemic hemodynamic effects (mean arterial pressure, vascular systemic resistance and cardiac output) in both shamoperated and BDL rats treated with V-PYRRO/NO. This result is in accordance with studies on V-PYRRO/NOmetabolism showing a specific release of NO in the liver.CONCLUSION: Continuous administrations of V-PYRRO/NO in BDL rats improved liver fibrosis and splanchnic hemodynamics without any noxious systemic hemodynamic effects.

  20. Serum markers of the extracellular matrix remodeling reflect antifibrotic therapy in bile-duct ligated rats

    Robert eSchierwagen; Sabine eKlein; Diana Julie Leeming; Michaela eGranzow; Mette Juul Nielsen; Tilman eSauerbruch; Aleksander eKrag; Morten A Karlsdal; Jonel eTrebicka


    BackgroundProgression of liver fibrosis is characterized by synthesis and degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM). Matrix-metalloproteinases (MMP) cleave collagen fibers at a specific site and thereby generate soluble fragments of ECM (neo-epitopes). The levels of these neo-epitopes might reflect the stage of liver fibrosis and may allow monitoring of anti-fibrotic therapies. Here we analyzed these neo-epitopes as read-out for a liver directed therapy with statins.MethodsBile duct ligation ...

  1. Impairment of the organization of locomotor and exploratory behaviors in bile duct-ligated rats

    Leke, Renata; de Oliveira, Diogo L; Mussulini, Ben Hur M


    and exhibited a decrease in total distance traveled, increased total immobility time, smaller number of rearings, longer periods in the home base area and decreased percentage of time in the center zone of the arena, when compared to the control rats. Moreover, the performance of the BDL rats was not different...... from the control rats for the elevated plus-maze and foot-fault tasks. Therefore, the BDL rats demonstrated disturbed spontaneous locomotor and exploratory activities as a consequence of altered spatio-temporal organization of behavior....

  2. Real-time intraoperative assessment of the extrahepatic bile ducts in rats and pigs using invisible near-infrared fluorescent light.

    Tanaka, Eiichi; Choi, Hak Soo; Humblet, Valerie; Ohnishi, Shunsuke; Laurence, Rita G; Frangioni, John V


    Currently, only x-ray fluoroscopy is available for visualization of the extrahepatic bile ducts intraoperatively. We hypothesized that with an appropriate fluorophore and imaging system, invisible near-infrared (NIR) light could be used for image-guided procedures on the extrahepatic bile ducts. We quantified the performance of three 800 nm NIR fluorophores, differing primarily in their degree of hydrophilicity, for real-time imaging of the extrahepatic bile ducts in rats and pigs: IR-786, indocyanine green (ICG), and the carboxylic form of IRDyetrade mark 800CW (CW800-CA). The signal-to-background ratio (SBR) of the common bile duct relative to liver and pancreas was measured as a function of the dose of contrast agent, injection site, and kinetics using an intraoperative NIR fluorescence imaging system described previously. Bile samples were examined by high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS) to determine the chemical form of fluorophores in bile. Non-sulfonated (IR-786) and di-sulfonated (ICG) NIR fluorophores had poor efficiency and kinetics of excretion into bile. Tetra-sulfonated CW800-CA, however, provided sensitive, specific, and real-time visualization of the extrahepatic bile ducts after a single low-dose given either intraportally or intravenously via systemic vein. A SBR >/=2 provided sensitive assessment of extrahepatic bile duct anatomy and function for over 30 min post-injection, including the detection of millimeter-sized, radiolucent inclusions in pigs. CW800-CA remained intact chemically after secretion into bile. The combination of invisible NIR light and an IV injection of CW800-CA provides prolonged, real-time visualization of the extrahepatic bile duct, without ionizing radiation and without changing the look of the operative field.

  3. Characterization of upper thoracic spinal neurons responding to esophageal distension in diabetic rats

    Qin, Chao; Ghorbani, Marie L M; Wu, Mingyuan


    The aim of this study was to examine spinal neuronal processing of innocuous and noxious mechanical inputs from the esophagus in diabetic rats. Streptozotocin (50 mg/kg, ip) was used to induce diabetes in 15 male Sprague-Dawley rats, and vehicle (10 mM citrate buffer) was injected into 15 rats...

  4. Swertianlarin, an Herbal Agent Derived from Swertia mussotii Franch, Attenuates Liver Injury, Inflammation, and Cholestasis in Common Bile Duct-Ligated Rats

    Liangjun Zhang


    Full Text Available Swertianlarin is an herbal agent abundantly distributed in Swertia mussotii Franch, a Chinese traditional herb used for treatment of jaundice. To study the therapeutic effect of swertianlarin on cholestasis, liver injury, serum proinflammatory cytokines, and bile salt concentrations were measured by comparing rats treated with swertianlarin 100 mg/kg/d or saline for 3, 7, or 14 days after bile duct ligation (BDL. Serum alanine aminotransferase (ATL and aspartate aminotransferase (AST levels were significantly decreased in BDL rats treated with swertianlarin for 14 days (P<0.05. The reduced liver injury in BDL rats by swertianlarin treatment for 14 days was further confirmed by liver histopathology. Levels of serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα were decreased by swertianlarin in BDL rats for 3 and 7 days (P<0.05. Moreover, reductions in serum interleukins IL-1β and IL-6 levels were also observed in BDL rats treated with swertianlarin (P<0.05. In addition, most of serum toxic bile salt concentrations (e.g., chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA and deoxycholic acid (DCA in cholestatic rats were decreased by swertianlarin (P<0.05. In conclusion, the data suggest that swertianlarin derived from Swertia mussotii Franch attenuates liver injury, inflammation, and cholestasis in bile duct-ligated rats.

  5. Thoracic rat spinal cord contusion injury induces remote spinal gliogenesis but not neurogenesis or gliogenesis in the brain.

    Steffen Franz

    Full Text Available After spinal cord injury, transected axons fail to regenerate, yet significant, spontaneous functional improvement can be observed over time. Distinct central nervous system regions retain the capacity to generate new neurons and glia from an endogenous pool of progenitor cells and to compensate neural cell loss following certain lesions. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether endogenous cell replacement (neurogenesis or gliogenesis in the brain (subventricular zone, SVZ; corpus callosum, CC; hippocampus, HC; and motor cortex, MC or cervical spinal cord might represent a structural correlate for spontaneous locomotor recovery after a thoracic spinal cord injury. Adult Fischer 344 rats received severe contusion injuries (200 kDyn of the mid-thoracic spinal cord using an Infinite Horizon Impactor. Uninjured rats served as controls. From 4 to 14 days post-injury, both groups received injections of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU to label dividing cells. Over the course of six weeks post-injury, spontaneous recovery of locomotor function occurred. Survival of newly generated cells was unaltered in the SVZ, HC, CC, and the MC. Neurogenesis, as determined by identification and quantification of doublecortin immunoreactive neuroblasts or BrdU/neuronal nuclear antigen double positive newly generated neurons, was not present in non-neurogenic regions (MC, CC, and cervical spinal cord and unaltered in neurogenic regions (dentate gyrus and SVZ of the brain. The lack of neuronal replacement in the brain and spinal cord after spinal cord injury precludes any relevance for spontaneous recovery of locomotor function. Gliogenesis was increased in the cervical spinal cord remote from the injury site, however, is unlikely to contribute to functional improvement.

  6. Thoracic rat spinal cord contusion injury induces remote spinal gliogenesis but not neurogenesis or gliogenesis in the brain.

    Franz, Steffen; Ciatipis, Mareva; Pfeifer, Kathrin; Kierdorf, Birthe; Sandner, Beatrice; Bogdahn, Ulrich; Blesch, Armin; Winner, Beate; Weidner, Norbert


    After spinal cord injury, transected axons fail to regenerate, yet significant, spontaneous functional improvement can be observed over time. Distinct central nervous system regions retain the capacity to generate new neurons and glia from an endogenous pool of progenitor cells and to compensate neural cell loss following certain lesions. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether endogenous cell replacement (neurogenesis or gliogenesis) in the brain (subventricular zone, SVZ; corpus callosum, CC; hippocampus, HC; and motor cortex, MC) or cervical spinal cord might represent a structural correlate for spontaneous locomotor recovery after a thoracic spinal cord injury. Adult Fischer 344 rats received severe contusion injuries (200 kDyn) of the mid-thoracic spinal cord using an Infinite Horizon Impactor. Uninjured rats served as controls. From 4 to 14 days post-injury, both groups received injections of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) to label dividing cells. Over the course of six weeks post-injury, spontaneous recovery of locomotor function occurred. Survival of newly generated cells was unaltered in the SVZ, HC, CC, and the MC. Neurogenesis, as determined by identification and quantification of doublecortin immunoreactive neuroblasts or BrdU/neuronal nuclear antigen double positive newly generated neurons, was not present in non-neurogenic regions (MC, CC, and cervical spinal cord) and unaltered in neurogenic regions (dentate gyrus and SVZ) of the brain. The lack of neuronal replacement in the brain and spinal cord after spinal cord injury precludes any relevance for spontaneous recovery of locomotor function. Gliogenesis was increased in the cervical spinal cord remote from the injury site, however, is unlikely to contribute to functional improvement.

  7. Histologic observation of submandibular gland after duct-ligation-damaged and duct reopened in SD rats%SD大鼠下颌下腺主导管结扎损伤及再通后的组织学观察

    潘光华; 陈伟; 张霓霓; 王军胜; 黄桂林


    Objective: To observe the histologic changes when the main duct of submandibular gland was ligated and released in SD rats. Methods: The main duct of submandibular gland was reopened after double ligation for 6 days. Some ligated submandibular glands were harvested at day 6 after ligation. Others were reopened and harvested 4, 6, 12 and 24 days after releasing respectively. The histological changes were observed by HE staining and immunohistological staining. Results: After the main duct ligation, acinar cells disappeared with ductal cell proliferation that expressed CK19. The α6β1 , LN positive cells were found in proliferative duct and periductal areas. Acinar cells was appearing at day 6 after release of the ligation. 24 days after releasing, large number of acinar cells expressing amylases, PAS and AQP-5 were formed. Conclusion: After duct ligation, acinar cells disappear and duct epithelium cells proliferate. After release of the ligation, the acinar cells regenerate and the function of the gland recovers.%目的:建立主导管结扎的SD大鼠下颌下腺组织损伤模型,观察主导管结扎及再通后腺体的组织学变化.方法:双重结扎SD大鼠下颌下腺主导管.部分腺体在6 d后摘取;其他腺体于6 d后松开结扎使再通,并于4、6、12、24 d后处死动物,取出腺体.通过HE及免疫组织化学染色观察其组织化学变化.结果:主导管结扎6 d后,腺体中腺泡消失,导管样结构增生,导管细胞表达CK19;在增生导管及周围见α6β1、LN阳性细胞.松开结扎再通的导管在6 d后有成熟的腺泡细胞出现,24 d后有大量成熟腺泡形成,Amylases、PAS(periodic acid-schiff)、AQP-5均在腺泡细胞中表达.结论:导管结扎损伤后腺体腺泡萎缩,导管上皮增生.松开结扎再通后腺泡细胞再生、功能恢复.

  8. Comparative analysis of NADPH-diaphorase positive neurons in the rat, rabbit and pheasant thoracic spinal cord. A histochemical study

    D Kluchová


    Full Text Available The distribution of NADPH-diaphorase (NADPHd activity was investigated and compared in the rat, rabbit and pheasant thoracic spinal cord. The investigation of all spinal cord regions (laminae in three experimental species revealed marked differences in the distribution of NADPH-d activity. Cross sectional analysis of the spinal cord of the rat, rabbit and pheasant confirmed differences in the shape of the gray matter in all examined species. More detailed investigation of Rexed´s laminas showed similar distribution of NADPH-d activity in the spinal cord of the rat and rabbit, which were different when compared with the spinal cord of the pheasant. Ventral horn of the rat and rabbit showed no labelling whereas in pheasant this area possessed a number of scattered, intensively stained neurons. In the location of autonomic preganglionic neurons, differences were found as well. In the rat there was seen a number of densely packed, clearly dark blue coloured neurons. Similarly, these neurons were present in the rabbit spinal cord but they were less numerous. No staining was found in this region of pheasant. Pericentral area (lamina X and intermediate zone (laminaVII revealed the presence of NADPH-d positive neurons in all examined species although they differed in number and shape of their bodies. The dorsal horn showed the presence of NADPH-d staining in all three animals but its distribution was different in medio - lateral direction. It can be suggested that observed differencies in the presence and distribution of NADPH-d activity across the examined species may reflect different fylogenetic development

  9. Effects of epidural hypothermic saline infusion on locomotor outcome and tissue preservation after moderate thoracic spinal cord contusion in rats.

    Casas, Carlos E; Herrera, Loren P; Prusmack, Chad; Ruenes, Gladys; Marcillo, Alexander; Guest, James D


    Regionally delivered hypothermia has advantages over systemic hypothermia for clinical application following spinal cord injury (SCI). The effects of local hypothermia on tissue sparing, neuronal preservation, and locomotor outcome were studied in a moderate thoracic spinal cord contusion model. Rats were randomized to four treatment groups and data were collected and analyzed in a blinded fashion. Chilled saline was perfused into the epidural space 30 minutes postcontusion to achieve the following epidural temperatures: 24 +/- 2.3 degrees C (16 rats), 30 +/- 2.4 degrees C (13 rats), and 35 +/- 0.9 degrees C (13 rats). Hypothermia was continued for 3 hours when a 45-minute period of rewarming was instituted. In a fourth group a moderate contusion only was induced in 14 animals. Rectal (core) and T9-10 (epidural) temperatures were measured continuously. Locomotor testing, using the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (Ba-Be-Br) scale, was performed for 6 weeks, and rats were videotaped for subsequent analysis. The lesion/preserved tissue ratio was calculated throughout the entire lesion cavity and the total lesion, spinal cord, and spared tissue volumes were determined. The rostral and caudal extent of gray matter loss was also measured. At 6 weeks locomotor recovery was similar in all groups (mean Ba-Be-Br Scale scores 14.88 +/- 3.71, 14.83 +/- 2.81, 14.50 +/- 2.24, and 14.07 +/- 2.39 [p = 0.77] for all four groups, respectively). No significant differences in spared tissue volumes were found when control and treatment groups were compared, but gray matter preservation was reduced in the infusion-treated groups. Regional cooling applied 30 minutes after a moderate contusive SCI was not beneficial in terms of tissue sparing, neuronal preservation, or locomotor outcome. This method of cooling may reduce blood flow in the injured spinal cord and exacerbate secondary injury.

  10. Dynamic feet distance: A new functional assessment during treadmill locomotion in normal and thoracic spinal cord injured rats.

    Diogo, Camila Cardoso; Costa, Luís Maltez da; Pereira, José Eduardo; Filipe, Vítor; Couto, Pedro Alexandre; Magalhães, Luís G; Geuna, Stefano; Armada-da-Silva, Paulo A; Maurício, Ana Colette; Varejão, Artur Severo


    Of all the detrimental effects of spinal cord injury (SCI), one of the most devastating is the disruption of the ability to perform functional movement. Very little is known on the recovery of hindlimb joint kinematics after clinically-relevant contusive thoracic lesion in experimental animal models. A new functional assessment instrument, the dynamic feet distance (DFD) was used to describe the distance between the two feet throughout the gait cycle in normal and affected rodents. The purpose of this investigation was the evaluation and characterization of the DFD during treadmill locomotion in normal and T9 contusion injured rats, using three-dimensional (3D) instrumented gait analysis. Despite that normal and injured rats showed a similar pattern in the fifth metatarsal head joints distance excursion, we found a significantly wider distance between the feet during the entire gait cycle following spinal injury. This is the first study to quantify the distance between the two feet, throughout the gait cycle, and the biomechanical adjustments made between limbs in laboratory rodents after nervous system injury. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Vasorelaxant Effect of a Newly Synthesized Dihydropyridine Ethyl Ester (DHPEE on Rat Thoracic Aorta: Dual Mechanism of Action

    Hossein Babaei


    Full Text Available Introduction: DHPEE is a newly synthesized compound by merging the key structural elements in an angiotensin receptor blocker (Telmisartan with key structural elements in 1,4- dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker (Nifedipine. In this study, we examined dual calcium channel blocking and AT1 antagonist activity for DHPEE. Methods: The functional inhibitory characteristics of DHPEE were studied in vitro in rat thoracic aorta preparations precontracted by phenylephrine (1µM or KCl (80µM or Ang II in normal or calcium-free solutions. Results: Concentration–dependent significant relaxation was observed in aortic rings precontracted with phenylephrine, KCl or Ang II. The tension increment produced by increasing external calcium was also reduced by DHPEE. DHPEE caused a marked decrease in the maximal contractile response of the vasoactive agents and shifted their concentration-response curves to the right. Conclusion: DHPEE possesses dual characteristics and cause vasorelaxation by blocking the L-type calcium channels and blocking Ang II receptors (AT1 in rat aortic smooth muscle.

  12. Endothelium-Dependent Vasorelaxant Effects of Dealcoholized Wine Powder of Wild Grape (Vitis coignetiae in the Rat Thoracic Aorta

    Sang Keun Ha


    Full Text Available The vasorelaxant effects of dealcoholized wild grape (Vitis coignetiae wine were investigated with isolated rat thoracic aorta. In our present study, we demonstrate that wild grape wine powder (WGWP induced relaxation of aortic rings preconstricted with norepinephrine in a dose-dependent manner (at concentrations ranging from 0.1 to 1 mg/mL. The vasorelaxant effect of WGWP was dependent on intact endothelia, which was attenuated by incubation with inhibitors of endothelium-derived relaxing factors, such as NG-nitro-L-arginine (nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, methylene blue (guanylate cyclase inhibitor, and indomethacin (cyclooxygenase inhibitor. Moreover, treatment with WGWP and atropine (muscarinic receptor antagonist or diphenylhydramine (histamine receptor antagonist significantly inhibited endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation. Our results suggest that WGWP induces relaxation in rat aortic rings in an endothelium-dependent manner. Results further indicate that this effect occurs via nitric oxide-cGMP pathway and prostacyclin-cAMP pathway through a muscarinic receptor and histamine receptor.

  13. Ultrastructure of the endolymphatic duct in the rat. Fixation and preservation

    Qvortrup, K; Rostgaard, J


    Ten rats were vascular-perfused at subphysiologic as well as physiologic pressures, 80 mmHg and 120 mmHg, respectively, employing a pressure feed-back controlled peristaltic pump and an isotonic perfusate/fixative with colloids (2% Dextran) and a hypertonic perfusate/fixative without colloids, 30...

  14. Ethyl acetate fraction of Amomum xanthioides improves bile duct ligation-induced liver fibrosis of rat model via modulation of pro-fibrogenic cytokines

    Hyeong-Geug Kim; Jong-Min Han; Jin-Seok Lee; Jong Suk Lee; Chang-Gue Son


    We investigated anti-hepatofibrotic effects of ethyl acetate fraction of Ammomum xanthoides (EFAX) using bile duct ligation (BDL)-induced hepatic fibrosis in a rat model. Male SD rats (6 weeks old) underwent BDL followed by 15 days of orall administration of EFAX (12.5, 25 or 50 mg/kg) or ursodeoxycholic acid (25 mg/kg). BDL caused animal death, ascites formation, alterations in serum biochemistries, and severe hepatic injury with excessive collagen deposition, whereas EFAX treatment signific...

  15. Enhancement of bilateral cortical somatosensory evoked potentials to intact forelimb stimulation following thoracic contusion spinal cord injury in rats.

    Bazley, Faith A; Maybhate, Anil; Tan, Chuen Seng; Thakor, Nitish V; Kerr, Candace; All, Angelo H


    The adult central nervous system is capable of significant reorganization and adaptation following neurotrauma. After a thoracic contusive spinal cord injury (SCI) neuropathways that innervate the cord below the epicenter of injury are damaged, with minimal prospects for functional recovery. In contrast, pathways above the site of injury remain intact and may undergo adaptive changes in response to injury. We used cortical somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) to evaluate changes in intact forelimb pathways. Rats received a midline contusion SCI, unilateral contusion SCI, or laminectomy with no contusion at the T8 level and were monitored for 28 days post-injury. In the midline injury group, SSEPs recorded from the contralateral forelimb region of the primary somatosensory cortex were 59.7% (CI 34.7%, 84.8%; c(2) = 21.9; dof = 1; p = 2.9 ×10(-6)) greater than the laminectomy group; SSEPs from the ipsilateral somatosensory cortex were 47.6% (CI 18.3%, 77%; c(2) = 10.1; dof = 1; p = 0.001) greater. Activation of the ipsilateral somatosensory cortex was further supported by BOLD-fMRI, which showed increased oxygenation at the ipsilateral hemisphere at day seven post-injury. In the unilateral injury group, ipsilesional side was compared to the contralesional side. SSEPs on day 14 (148%; CI 111%, 185%) and day 21 (137%; CI 110%, 163%) for ipsilesional forelimb stimulation were significantly increased over baseline (100%). SSEPs recorded from the hindlimb sensory cortex upon ipsilesional stimulation were 33.9% (CI 14.3%, 53.4%; c(2) = 11.6; dof = 1; p = 0.0007) greater than contralesional stimulation. Therefore, these results demonstrate the ability of SSEPs to detect significant enhancements in the activation of forelimb sensory pathways following both midline and unilateral contusive SCI at T8. Reorganization of forelimb pathways may occur after thoracic SCI, which SSEPs can monitor to aid the development of future therapies.

  16. End-ischemic machine perfusion reduces bile duct injury in donation after circulatory death rat donor livers independent of the machine perfusion temperature.

    Westerkamp, Andrie C; Mahboub, Paria; Meyer, Sophie L; Hottenrott, Maximilia; Ottens, Petra J; Wiersema-Buist, Janneke; Gouw, Annette S H; Lisman, Ton; Leuvenink, Henri G D; Porte, Robert J


    A short period of oxygenated machine perfusion (MP) after static cold storage (SCS) may reduce biliary injury in donation after cardiac death (DCD) donor livers. However, the ideal perfusion temperature for protection of the bile ducts is unknown. In this study, the optimal perfusion temperature for protection of the bile ducts was assessed. DCD rat livers were preserved by SCS for 6 hours. Thereafter, 1 hour of oxygenated MP was performed using either hypothermic machine perfusion, subnormothermic machine perfusion, or with controlled oxygenated rewarming (COR) conditions. Subsequently, graft and bile duct viability were assessed during 2 hours of normothermic ex situ reperfusion. In the MP study groups, lower levels of transaminases, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances were measured compared to SCS. In parallel, mitochondrial oxygen consumption and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production were significantly higher in the MP groups. Biomarkers of biliary function, including bile production, biliary bicarbonate concentration, and pH, were significantly higher in the MP groups, whereas biomarkers of biliary epithelial injury (biliary gamma-glutamyltransferase [GGT] and LDH), were significantly lower in MP preserved livers. Histological analysis revealed less injury of large bile duct epithelium in the MP groups compared to SCS. In conclusion, compared to SCS, end-ischemic oxygenated MP of DCD livers provides better preservation of biliary epithelial function and morphology, independent of the temperature at which MP is performed. End-ischemic oxygenated MP could reduce biliary injury after DCD liver transplantation. © 2015 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

  17. Protective effect of low dose of melatonin against cholestatic oxidative stress after common bile duct ligation in rats

    Mukaddes Esrefoglu; Mehmet Gül; Memet Hanifi Emre; Alaattin Polat; Mukadder Ayse Selimoglu


    AIM: To investigate the role of oxidative injury and the effect of exogenous melatonin administration on liver damage induced by bile duct ligation (BDL), and second,to evaluate the role of nitric oxide (NO), a free oxygen radical, in oxidative injury.METHODS: Thirty-two Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned to four groups: sham operation (SO), BDL, BDL+melatonin,and BDL+vehicle. Cholestasis was achieved by double ligature of the common bile duct. Melatonin was injected intraperitoneally 500 μg/(kg.d) for 8 d. Hepatic oxidative stress markers were evaluated by changes in the amount of lipid peroxides, measured as malondialdehyde (MDA),and reduced GSH. Total nitrite (NOx) concentrations were determined in hepatic homogenates. Histopathological examination was performed using a histological scoring system.RESULTS: The histopathological changes including portal inflammation, necrosis, apoptosis, focal inflammation and fibrosis were severe in the BDL and BDL+vehicle groups. There were numerous large areas of coagulation necrosis. Histological Activity Index scores of these groups were significantly higher than that of the SO group. Treatment with melatonin reduced these alterations significantly. The degree of necro-infiammation and fibrosis showed significant difference between the BDL and BDL+melatonin groups. BDL was accompanied by a significant increase in MDA and NOx, and a significant decrease in GSH levels. Mean±SE values of MDA, GSH and NOx levels of SO group were 147.47±6.69, 0.88±0.33 μmol/g and 180.70±6.58 nm/g, respectively. The values of BDL group were 200.14±21.30, 0.65±0.02 μmol/g, and 400.46±48.89 nm/g, respectively, whereas the values of BDL+melatonin group were 115.93±6.8, 0.74±0.02 μmol/g,and 290.38±32.32 nm/g, respectively. Melatonin treatment was associated with a significant recovery of MDA, GSH and NOx levels.CONCLUSION: We have concluded that oxidative stress is associated with the pathogenesis of cholestatic liver damage and NO

  18. [Effect of herba schizonepetae volatile oil (STO) on activity of 5-lipoxygenase in rat thoracic cavity leukocytes].

    Zhao, Lu; Zeng, Nan; Tang, Yong-xin; Liu, Xiao-shuai; Yang, Xuan; Qu, Li-ping


    To investigate the effect of herba schizonepetae volatile oil (STO) on the activity of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO), so as to elucidate its mechanisms of anti-inflammatory action which is related to the arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism. Thoracic cavity leukocytes from the pleurisy model rat induced by injecting 1%-carrageenan into the pleural cavity were collected. Then 0. 4 mL cell suspension including 2 x 10(7) cells per millilitre were used as the reaction system in vitro. STO in different concentrations (final concentration 0.011, 0.022, 0.043, 0.087, 0.179, 0.255, 0.364 g x L(-1)), zileuton (final concentration 0.625 x 10(-3) g x L(-1)), and DMSO in the same volume were added into the reaction tube respectively. The reaction tubes were incubated at 37 degrees C for 20 min and CaCl2 (final concentration 2 mmol x L(-1)), MgCl2 (final concentration 0.5 mmol x L(-1)), exogenous AA (final concentration 200 micromol x L(-1)) and A23187 (final concentration 5 micromol x L(-1)) were added in turns during this period. The reaction tubes were mixed and continuously incubated at 37 degrees C for 30 min. After terminating reaction by adding methanol, the metabolites of 5-LO, leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and 5-hydroxy-6, 8, 11, 14-eicosatetraenoic acid (5-HETE), were extracted, separated and detected by means of RP-HPLC. Compared with control group, STO significantly inhibited the biosynthesis of LTB4 and 5-HETE at final concentration between 0. 022 g x L(-1) and 0.364 g x L(-1) (P STO can inhibited the activity of 5-LO, which is an important enzyme of AA metabolism, in rat thoracic cavity leukocytes in a dose-dependent manner in vitro. It is suggested that the mechanism of anti-inflammatory action of STO is related to its inhibiting the activity of 5-LO and decreasing the level of major inflammatory mediators LTB4.

  19. Effect of nabumetone treatment on vascular responses of the thoracic aorta in rat experimental arthritis.

    Ulker, S; Onal, A; Hatip, F B; Sürücü, A; Alkanat, M; Koşay, S; Evinç, A


    Nabumetone is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAI) drug which is known to cause less gastrointestinal damage than other NSAI drugs. This study was performed to evaluate whether nabumetone treatment might alter the vascular aberrations related to inflammation in a rat model of adjuvant-induced arthritis. Nabumetone treatment (120 or 240 mg x kg(-1) x day(-1), orally) was initiated on the 15th day of adjuvant inoculation and continued for 14 days. Arthritic lesions, vascular contractile and relaxant responses and gastroduodenal histopathological preparations were evaluated 29 days after adjuvant inoculation. The contractile responses of aortic rings to phenylephrine and KCl were increased in grade 2 arthritic rats. In grade 3 arthritis only the phenylephrine contractility was decreased. The relaxant responses to acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside were decreased in grades 2 and 3. In healthy rats, nabumetone did not change the vascular responses. After treatment of arthritic rats with nabumetone, both the contractile and relaxant response of the aortic rings returned to normal, and arthritic score and paw swelling were reduced. Gastroduodenal histopathology did not show erosions or ulcers in any of the groups. In conclusion, nabumetone improved the systemic signs and vascular alterations in experimental arthritis without showing any gastrointestinal side effects.

  20. Rolipram Attenuates Bile Duct Ligation–Induced Liver Injury in Rats: A Potential Pathogenic Role of PDE4

    Barve, Shirish; Breitkopf-Heinlein, Katja; Li, Yan; Zhang, JingWen; Avila, Diana V.; Dooley, Steven; McClain, Craig J.


    Anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic effects of the broad spectrum phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor pentoxifylline have suggested an important role for cyclic nucleotides in the pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis; however, studies examining the role of specific PDEs are lacking. Endotoxemia and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mediated inflammatory and profibrotic signaling play a major role in the development of hepatic fibrosis. Because cAMP-specific PDE4 critically regulates lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-TLR4–induced inflammatory cytokine expression, its pathogenic role in bile duct ligation-induced hepatic injury and fibrogenesis in Sprague-Dawley rats was examined. Initiation of cholestatic liver injury and fibrosis was accompanied by a significant induction of PDE4A, B, and D expression and activity. Treatment with the PDE4-specific inhibitor rolipram significantly decreased liver PDE4 activity, hepatic inflammatory and profibrotic cytokine expression, injury, and fibrosis. At the cellular level, in relevance to endotoxemia and inflammatory cytokine production, PDE4B was observed to play a major regulatory role in the LPS-inducible tumor necrosis factor (TNF) production by isolated Kupffer cells. Moreover, PDE4 expression was also involved in the in vitro activation and transdifferentiation of isolated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Particularly, PDE4A, B, and D upregulation preceded induction of the HSC activation marker α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). In vitro treatment of HSCs with rolipram effectively attenuated α-SMA, collagen expression, and accompanying morphologic changes. Overall, these data strongly suggest that upregulation of PDE4 expression during cholestatic liver injury plays a potential pathogenic role in the development of inflammation, injury, and fibrosis. PMID:23887098

  1. Vasorelaxant action of aqueous extract of the leaves of Persea americana on isolated thoracic rat aorta.

    Owolabi, Mbang A; Jaja, Smith I; Coker, Herbert A B


    The present study investigated the vasorelaxant action of the aqueous leaves extract of Persea americana on isolated rat aorta. The results showed that the extract produced significant vasorelaxation and that the effect is dependent on the synthesis or release of endothelium-derived relaxing factors (EDRFs) as well as the release of prostanoid. The extract also reduced vasoconstriction probably by inhibiting Ca2+ influx through calcium channels.

  2. Cholecystokinin acts as an essential factor in the exacerbation of pancreatic bile duct ligation-induced rat pancreatitis model under non-fasting condition.

    Yoshinaga, K; Washizuka, M; Segawa, Y


    We examined the influence of 2 gut hormones involved in the enhancement of pancreatic exocrine secretion, secretin and cholecystokinin (CCK), in the exacerbation of pancreatitis. We also examined the role of the vagal system, which was considered to be a transmission route for these hormones. Our model of pancreatitis in the rat was prepared by pancreatic bile duct ligation (PBDL), which simultaneously ligated the pancreatic duct and the common bile duct. Serum amylase activity and histopathological changes in the pancreas were used as indices of pancreatitis. We also measured the volume of pancreatic juice, as well as the amylase activity and protein level of the pancreatic juice, as indices of increased pancreatic exocrine secretion. Two gut hormones were given 6 times at 1-h intervals. Administration of secretin (1-3 microg/kg, s.c.) did not influence serum amylase activity in rats with PBDL-induced pancreatitis. However, food stimulation and administration of CCK-8 (1 microg/kg, s.c.) increased serum amylase activity and promoted vacuolation of the pancreatic acinar cells in rats with PBDL-induced pancreatitis. Administration of atropine (3 mg/kg, s.c.) or a CCK1-receptor antagonist, Z-203 (0.1 mg/kg, i.v.), inhibited food-stimulated or CCK-8-induced (1 microg/kg, s.c.) enhancement of pancreatic exocrine secretion and exacerbation after the development of PBDL-induced pancreatitis. These results suggest that not secretin, which regulates the volume of pancreatic juice, but CCK, which regulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes via the vagal system, plays an essential role in food-stimulated exacerbation after the development of pancreatitis.

  3. Anatomical mechanism of spontaneous recovery in regions caudal to thoracic spinal cord injury lesions in rats

    Li, Lu-sheng; Yu, Hao; Raynald, Raynald; Wang, Xiao-dong; Dai, Guang-hui; Cheng, Hong-bin; Liu, Xue-bin


    Background The nerve fibre circuits around a lesion play a major role in the spontaneous recovery process after spinal cord hemisection in rats. The aim of the present study was to answer the following question: in the re-control process, do all spinal cord nerves below the lesion site participate, or do the spinal cord nerves of only one vertebral segment have a role in repair? Methods First we made a T7 spinal cord hemisection in 50 rats. Eight weeks later, they were divided into three groups based on distinct second operations at T7: ipsilateral hemisection operation, contralateral hemisection, or transection. We then tested recovery of hindlimbs for another eight weeks. The first step was to confirm the lesion had role or not in the spontaneous recovery process. Secondly, we performed T7 spinal cord hemisections in 125 rats. Eight weeks later, we performed a second single hemisection on the ipsilateral side at T8–T12 and then tested hindlimb recovery for another six weeks. Results In the first part, the Basso, Beattie, Bresnahan (BBB) scores and the electrophysiology tests of both hindlimbs weren’t significantly different after the second hemisection of the ipsilateral side. In the second part, the closer the second hemisection was to T12, the more substantial the resulting impairment in BBB score tests and prolonged latency periods. Conclusions The nerve regeneration from the lesion area after hemisection has no effect on spontaneous recovery of the spinal cord. Repair is carried out by all vertebrae caudal and ipsilateral to the lesion, with T12 being most important. PMID:28097067

  4. Thoracic 9 Spinal Transection-Induced Model of Muscle Spasticity in the Rat: A Systematic Electrophysiological and Histopathological Characterization.

    Jose A Corleto

    Full Text Available The development of spinal hyper-reflexia as part of the spasticity syndrome represents one of the major complications associated with chronic spinal traumatic injury (SCI. The primary mechanism leading to progressive appearance of muscle spasticity is multimodal and may include loss of descending inhibitory tone, alteration of segmental interneuron-mediated inhibition and/or increased reflex activity to sensory input. Here, we characterized a chronic thoracic (Th 9 complete transection model of muscle spasticity in Sprague-Dawley (SD rats. Isoflurane-anesthetized rats received a Th9 laminectomy and the spinal cord was transected using a scalpel blade. After the transection the presence of muscle spasticity quantified as stretch and cutaneous hyper-reflexia was identified and quantified as time-dependent changes in: i ankle-rotation-evoked peripheral muscle resistance (PMR and corresponding electromyography (EMG activity, ii Hoffmann reflex, and iii EMG responses in gastrocnemius muscle after paw tactile stimulation for up to 8 months after injury. To validate the clinical relevance of this model, the treatment potency after systemic treatment with the clinically established anti-spastic agents baclofen (GABAB receptor agonist, tizanidine (α2-adrenergic agonist and NGX424 (AMPA receptor antagonist was also tested. During the first 3 months post spinal transection, a progressive increase in ankle rotation-evoked muscle resistance, Hoffmann reflex amplitude and increased EMG responses to peripherally applied tactile stimuli were consistently measured. These changes, indicative of the spasticity syndrome, then remained relatively stable for up to 8 months post injury. Systemic treatment with baclofen, tizanidine and NGX424 led to a significant but transient suppression of spinal hyper-reflexia. These data demonstrate that a chronic Th9 spinal transection model in adult SD rat represents a reliable experimental platform to be used in studying the

  5. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation improves open field locomotor recovery after low but not high thoracic spinal cord compression-injury in adult rats.

    Poirrier, Anne-Lise; Nyssen, Yves; Scholtes, Felix; Multon, Sylvie; Rinkin, Charline; Weber, Géraldine; Bouhy, Delphine; Brook, Gary; Franzen, Rachelle; Schoenen, Jean


    Electromagnetic fields are able to promote axonal regeneration in vitro and in vivo. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is used routinely in neuropsychiatric conditions and as an atraumatic method to activate descending motor pathways. After spinal cord injury, these pathways are disconnected from the spinal locomotor generator, resulting in most of the functional deficit. We have applied daily 10 Hz rTMS for 8 weeks immediately after an incomplete high (T4-5; n = 5) or low (T10-11; n = 6) thoracic closed spinal cord compression-injury in adult rats, using 6 high- and 6 low-lesioned non-stimulated animals as controls. Functional recovery of hindlimbs was assessed using the BBB locomotor rating scale. In the control group, the BBB score was significantly better from the 7th week post-injury in animals lesioned at T4-5 compared to those lesioned at T10-11. rTMS significantly improved locomotor recovery in T10-11-injured rats, but not in rats with a high thoracic injury. In rTMS-treated rats, there was significant positive correlation between final BBB score and grey matter density of serotonergic fibres in the spinal segment just caudal to the lesion. We propose that low thoracic lesions produce a greater functional deficit because they interfere with the locomotor centre and that rTMS is beneficial in such lesions because it activates this central pattern generator, presumably via descending serotonin pathways. The benefits of rTMS shown here suggest strongly that this non-invasive intervention strategy merits consideration for clinical trials in human paraplegics with low spinal cord lesions.

  6. Involvement of estrogen receptor-βin farrerol inhibition of rat thoracic aorta vascular Smooth muscle cell proliferation

    Qun-yi LI; Li CHEN; Yan-hui ZHU; Meng ZHANG; Yi-ping WANG; Ming-wei WANG


    AIm:TO investigate the effect of farrerol,a major active component isolated from a traditional Chinese herb"Man-shan-hong"(the dried Ieaves of Rhododendron dauncum L)on fetal bovine serum(FBS)-induced proliferation of cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs)of rat thoracic aorta.Methods:VSMCs proliferation,DNA synthesis and cell cycle progression were studied using the MTT assay,bromodeoxyuridine(BrdU)incorporation and flow cytometry,respectively.The mRNA levels of cell cycle proteins were quantified using real-time RT-PCR, and the phosphorylation of ERKl/2 was determined using Western blotting.Reporter gene and receptor binding assays were employed to study the interaction between farrerol and estrogen receptors(ERs).Results:FarreroI(0.3-10 μmol/L)inhibited VSMC proliferation and DNA synthesis induced by 5%FBS in a concentration-dependent manner.The effects were associated with G,cell cycle arrest.down-regulation of cell cycle proteins and reduction in FBS-induced ERKl/2 phosphorylation.Using a reporter was found that farrerol(3 μmol/L)induced 2.1-fold transcription of ER.In receptor binding assays, farrerol inhibited the binding of [3H]estradiol for ERa and ERβ with IC50 values of 57 μmol/L and 2.7 μmol/L, respectively.implying that farrerol had a higher affinity for ERl3.Finally,the inhibition of VSMC proliferation by farrerol(3 μmol/L)was abolished by the specific ERβ antagonist PHTPP(5 μmol/L).Conclusion:FarreroI acts as a functional phytoestrogen to inhibit FBS-induced VSMC proliferation, mainly via interaction with ERβ,which may be helpful in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases related to abnormal VSMCs proliferation.

  7. Thoracic sympathectomy

    Hashmonai, Moshe; Cameron, Alan E P; Licht, Peter B


    for current practice. METHODS: The literature was reviewed using the PubMed/Medline Database, and pertinent articles regarding the indications for thoracic sympathectomy were retrieved and evaluated. Old, historical articles were also reviewed as required. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Currently, thoracic......BACKGROUND: Thoracic sympathetic ablation was introduced over a century ago. While some of the early indications have become obsolete, new ones have emerged. Sympathetic ablation is being still performed for some odd indications thus prompting the present study, which reviews the evidence base...... cases of angina, arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy. Thoracic sympathetic ablation is indicated in several painful conditions: the early stages of complex regional pain syndrome, erythromelalgia, and some pancreatic and other painful abdominal pathologies. Although ischaemia was historically the major...

  8. Dynamic expression of desmin, α-SMA and TGF-β1 during hepatic fibrogenesis induced by selective bile duct ligation in young rats

    Gonçalves, J.O.; Tannuri, A.C.A.; Coelho, M.C.M.; Bendit, I.; Tannuri, U. [Laboratório de Pesquisa em Cirurgia Pediátrica (LIM-30), Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    We previously described a selective bile duct ligation model to elucidate the process of hepatic fibrogenesis in children with biliary atresia or intrahepatic biliary stenosis. Using this model, we identified changes in the expression of alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) both in the obstructed parenchyma and in the hepatic parenchyma adjacent to the obstruction. However, the expression profiles of desmin and TGF-β1, molecules known to be involved in hepatic fibrogenesis, were unchanged when analyzed by semiquantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Thus, the molecular mechanisms involved in the modulation of liver fibrosis in this experimental model are not fully understood. This study aimed to evaluate the molecular changes in an experimental model of selective bile duct ligation and to compare the gene expression changes observed in RT-PCR and in real-time quantitative PCR (qRT‐PCR). Twenty-eight Wistar rats of both sexes and weaning age (21-23 days old) were used. The rats were separated into groups that were assessed 7 or 60 days after selective biliary duct ligation. The expression of desmin, α-SMA and TGF-β1 was examined in tissue from hepatic parenchyma with biliary obstruction (BO) and in hepatic parenchyma without biliary obstruction (WBO), using RT-PCR and qRT‐PCR. The results obtained in this study using these two methods were significantly different. The BO parenchyma had a more severe fibrogenic reaction, with increased α-SMA and TGF-β1 expression after 7 days. The WBO parenchyma presented a later, fibrotic response, with increased desmin expression 7 days after surgery and increased α-SMA 60 days after surgery. The qRT‐PCR technique was more sensitive to expression changes than the semiquantitative method.

  9. Thoracic Splenosis

    Dr. Vandana Jeebun


    Full Text Available A 22-year old man presented with the history of productive cough and also complained of some weight loss. Examination was essentially unremarkable. On detailed investigations like chest X-ray, CT thorax, Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology, Tc-99m scan, a diagnosis of thoracic splenosis was then made. To conclude, thoracic splenosis is a rare entity that needs patient’s reassurance and radiological surveillance. It should also be considered as differential diagnoses of the pleural based masses.

  10. Induction of pancreatic duct cells of neonatal rats into insulin-producing cells with fetal bovine serum: A natural protocol and its use for patch clamp experiments

    San-Hua Leng; Fu-Er Lu


    AIM: To induce the pancreatic duct cells into endocrine cells with a new natural protocol for electrophysiological study.METHODS: The pancreatic duct cells of neonatal rats were isolated, cultured and induced into endocrine oells with 15% fetal bovine serum for a period of 20 d. During this period, insulin secretion, MTT value, and morphological change of neonatal and adult pancreatic islet cells were comparatively investigated. Pancreatic β-cells were identified by morphological and electrophysiological characteristics, while ATP sensitive potassium channels(KATP), voltage-dependent potassium channels (KV), and voltage-dependent calcium channels (KCA) in β-cells were identified by patch clamp technique.RESULTS: After incubation with fetal bovine serum, the neonatal duct cells budded out, changed from duct-like cells into islet clusters. In the first 4 d, MTT value and insulin secretion increased slowly (MTT value from 0.024±0.003 to0.028±0.003, insulin secretion from 2.6±0.6to 3.1±0.8 mIU/L). Then MTT value and insulin secretion increased quickly from d 5 to d 10 (MTT value from 0.028±0.003 to 0.052±0.008, insulin secretion from 3.1±0.8to 18.3±2.6 mIU/L), then reached high plateau (MTT value >0.052±0.008, insulin secretion >18.3±2.6 mIU/L).In contrast, for the isolated adult pancreatic islet cells,both insulin release and MTT value were stable in the first 4 d (MTT value from 0.029±0.01 to 0.031±0.011,insulin secretion from 13.9±3.1 to 14.3±3.3 mIU/L), but afterwards they reduced gradually (MTT value <0.031±0.011, insulin secretion <8.2±1.5 mIU/L), and the pancrearic islet cells became dispersed, broken or atrophied correspondingly. The differentiated neonatal cells were identified as pancreatic islet cells by dithizone staining method, and pancreatic β-cells were further identified by both morphological features and electrophysiological characteristics, i.e. the existence of recording currents from KATP KV, and KCA.CONCLUSION: Islet

  11. Three-dimensional visualization of the microvasculature of bile duct ligation-induced liver fibrosis in rats by x-ray phase-contrast imaging computed tomography

    Xuan, Ruijiao; Zhao, Xinyan; Hu, Doudou; Jian, Jianbo; Wang, Tailing; Hu, Chunhong


    X-ray phase-contrast imaging (PCI) can substantially enhance contrast, and is particularly useful in differentiating biological soft tissues with small density differences. Combined with computed tomography (CT), PCI-CT enables the acquisition of accurate microstructures inside biological samples. In this study, liver microvasculature was visualized without contrast agents in vitro with PCI-CT using liver fibrosis samples induced by bile duct ligation (BDL) in rats. The histological section examination confirmed the correspondence of CT images with the microvascular morphology of the samples. By means of the PCI-CT and three-dimensional (3D) visualization technique, 3D microvascular structures in samples from different stages of liver fibrosis were clearly revealed. Different types of blood vessels, including portal veins and hepatic veins, in addition to ductular proliferation and bile ducts, could be distinguished with good sensitivity, excellent specificity and excellent accuracy. The study showed that PCI-CT could assess the morphological changes in liver microvasculature that result from fibrosis and allow characterization of the anatomical and pathological features of the microvasculature. With further development of PCI-CT technique, it may become a novel noninvasive imaging technique for the auxiliary analysis of liver fibrosis.

  12. Gallbladder and bile duct


    930559 An experimental study on effective hep-atic blood flow and hepatic energy metabolismfollowing acute obstructive cholangitis and bil-iary obstruction.SUN Wenbing (孙文兵),et al.Hepatobili Surg,Center,Southwest Hosp,Chongqing 630000.Chin J Digest 1992;12(5):261—263.The changes of effective hepatic blood flow(E-HBF)and hepatic energy metabolism were stud-ied following acutc obstructive cholangitis(AOC)and bile duct ligation(BDL)in rats.The resultsshowed that EHBF was significantly decreased at24hs after and further decreased at 48hs afterBDL.And EHBF was significantly decreased at

  13. Duodenal-jejunal bypass surgery on type 2 diabetic rats reduces the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 in the thoracic aorta

    Maimaitiyusufu Wubulikasimu; Han Haifeng; Yan Zhibo; Zhang Xiang; Liu Shaozhuang; Zhang Guangyong; Kasimu Aimaiti


    Background Bariatric surgery offers a productive resolution of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).The development of T2DM vasculopathy is due to chronic inflammation,which increases matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) expression.This study sought to examine MMP-9 and TIMP-1 expression in the thoracic aorta after duodenal-jejunal bypass (DJB) surgery on a T2DM rat model induced by a high-fat diet and low dose streptozotocin (STZ).Methods Twenty-one T2DM Wistar rats induced by high-fat diet and low dose STZ were randomly divided into DJB and sham duodenal-jejunal bypass (S-DJB) groups.Ten Wistar rats were fed a normal diet as a control.Recovery of gastrointestinal function post-operation and resumption of a normal diet completed the experiment.Body weight,blood glucose,blood lipid levels,and MMP-9 and TIMP-1 expression levels in aortic endothelial cells were measured throughout.Results DJB rats showed significant weight loss 2 weeks post-operation compared with S-DJB rats.After surgery,DJB rats showed significant improvement and steady glycemic control with improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.They also exhibited improved lipid metabolism with a decrease in fasting free fatty acids (FFAs) and triglycerides (all P <0.05).Immunohistochemistry showed decreased MMP-9 and TIMP-1 expression 12 weeks after surgery (P < 0.01).Conclusions DJB surgery on an induced T2DM rat model improves blood glucose levels and lipids,following a high-fat diet and low dose STZ treatment.In addition,DJB decreased MMP-9 and TIMP-1 expression in vascular endothelial cells,which may play an important role in delaying the development of T2DM vascular disease.

  14. A nicardipine-sensitive Ca2+ entry contributes to the hypotonicity-induced increase in [Ca2+]i of principal cells in rat cortical collecting duct.

    Komagiri, You; Nakamura, Kazuyoshi; Kubokawa, Manabu


    We examined the mechanisms involved in the [Ca(2+)](i) response to the extracellular hypotonicity in the principal cells of freshly isolated rat cortical collecting duct (CCD), using Fura-2/AM fluorescence imaging. Reduction of extracellular osmolality from 305 (control) to 195 mosmol/kgH(2)O (hypotonic) evoked transient increase in [Ca(2+)](i) of principal cells of rat CCDs. The [Ca(2+)](i) increase was markedly attenuated by the removal of extracellular Ca(2+)(.) The application of a P(2) purinoceptor antagonist, suramin failed to inhibit the hypotonicity-induced [Ca(2+)](i) increase. The [Ca(2+)](i) increase in response to extracellular hypotonicity was not influenced by application of Gd(3+) and ruthenium red. On the other hand, a voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel inhibitor, nicardipine, significantly reduced the peak amplitude of [Ca(2+)](i) increase in the principal cells. In order to assess Ca(2+) entry during the hypotonic stimulation, we measured the quenching of Fura-2 fluorescence intensity by Mn(2+). The hypotonic stimulation enhanced quenching of Fura-2 fluorescence by Mn(2+), indicating that a Ca(2+)-permeable pathway was activated by the hypotonicity. The hypotonicity-mediated enhancement of Mn(2+) quenching was significantly inhibited by nicardipine. These results strongly suggested that a nicardipine-sensitive Ca(2+) entry pathway would contribute to the mechanisms underlying the hypotonicity-induced [Ca(2+)](i) elevation of principal cells in rat CCD.

  15. Mammary Duct Ectasia

    ... tenderness or inflammation of the clogged duct (periductal mastitis). Mammary duct ectasia most often occurs in women ... that's turned inward (inverted) A bacterial infection called mastitis also may develop in the affected milk duct, ...

  16. Properties of the luminal membrane of isolated perfused rat pancreatic ducts. Effect of cyclic AMP and blockers of chloride transport

    Novak, I; Greger, R


    The aim of the present study was to investigate by what transport mechanism does HCO-3 cross the luminal membrane of pancreatic duct cells, and how do the cells respond to stimulation with dibutyryl cyclic AMP (db-cAMP). For this purpose a newly developed preparation of isolated and perfused intra......) hyperpolarized PDbl by 10.3 +/- 1.7 mV (n = 10); and SITS hyperpolarized PDbl by 7.8 +/- 0.9 mV (n = 4). Stimulation of the ducts with db-cAMP in the presence of bath HCO-3/CO2 resulted in depolarization of PDbl, the ductal lumen became more negative and the fractional resistance of the luminal membrane...... decreased. Together with forskolin (10(-6) M), db-cAMP (10(-4) M) caused a fast depolarization of PDbl by 33.8 +/- 2.5 mV (n = 6). When db-cAMP (5 x 10(-4) M) was given alone in the presence of bath HCO-3/CO2, PDbl depolarized by 25.3 +/- 4.2 mV (n = 10).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)...

  17. IL-1对大鼠胸主动脉收缩功能的影响%Effect of interleukin-1 on contractile function of rat thoracic aorta

    曹忠平; 刘文娜; 杜洪印


    目的 探讨白细胞介素1(IL-1)对大鼠胸主动脉收缩功能的影响.方法 雄性Wistar大鼠40只,体重250~ 300 g,用以制备离体胸主动脉环.实验Ⅰ 取大鼠胸主动脉环,分为2段,采用随机配伍原则分为2组(n=20):对照组(C组)和IL-1组.IL-1组用含20 ng/ml IL-1的Kreb培养液孵育2h,再以10-9、10-8、10-7、10-6和10-5 mol/L累积浓度的苯肾上腺素(PE)诱发胸主动脉血管环收缩,C组用不含IL-1的空白培养液孵育2h,其余操作同IL-1组.实验Ⅱ 取大鼠胸主动脉环,分为3段,采用随机配伍原则分为3组(n=20):IL-1组、IL-1+一氧化氮合酶抑制剂L-NAME组(IL-1+L-NAME组)和IL-1+环氧化酶抑制剂吲哚美辛组(IL-1+I组).3组用含20 ng/ml IL-1的Kreb培养液孵育1.5 h,IL-1+L-NAME组和IL-1+Ⅰ组再分别用含100 μmol/L-L-NAME或2.5 mmol/L吲哚美辛的Kreb培养液孵育30 min,然后以10-9、10-8、10-7、10-6、10-5 mol/L累积浓度的PE诱发血管环收缩,方法同实验Ⅰ,IL-1组用不含L-NAME或吲哚美辛的Kreb培养液孵育.记录PE各浓度下胸主动脉环最大收缩张力,取与C组10-6mol/L浓度下最大收缩张力的百分比.结果 实验Ⅰ 与C组比较,IL-1组胸主动脉环对10-8、10-7、10-6和10-5mol/L PE诱发的收缩张力百分比降低(P<0.05).实验Ⅱ 与IL-1组比较,IL-1+L-NAME组和IL-1+Ⅰ组胸主动脉环对10-7、10-6和10-5 mol/L PE诱发的收缩张力百分比升高(P<0.05).结论 IL-1可抑制大鼠胸主动脉收缩,其机制可能与促进一氧化氮和前列环素合成有关.%Objective To investigate the effect of interleukin-1 (IL-1) on contractile function of rat thoracic aorta.Methods Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats,weighing 250-300 g,were sacrificed to obtain the thoracic aortic rings.The experiment was performed in 2 parts.Part Ⅰ The thoracic aortic rings were divided into 2 segments and randomly divided into 2 groups (n =20 each):control group and IL-1 group.In IL-1 group,the thoracic aortic rings were

  18. Segment boundaries of the adult rat epididymis limit interstitial signaling by potential paracrine factors and segments lose differential gene expression after efferent duct ligation

    Terry T. Turner; Daniel S. Johnston; Scott A. Jelinsky; Jose L. Tomsig; Joshua N. Finger


    The epididymis is divided into caput, corpus and cauda regions, organized into intraregional segments separated by connective tissue septa (CTS). In the adult rat and mouse these segments are highly differentiated. Regulation of these segments is by endocrine, lumicrine and paracrine factors, the relative importance of which remains under investigation. Here, the ability of the CTS to limit signaling in the interstitial compartment is reviewed as is the effect of 15 days of unilateral efferent duct ligation (EDL) on ipsilateral segmental transcriptional profiles. Inter-segmental microperifusions of epidermal growth factor (EGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGFA) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) increased phosphorylation of mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) in segments 1 and 2 of the rat epididymis and the effects of all factors were limited by the CTS separating the segments. Microarray analysis of segmental gene expression determined the effect of 15 days of unilateral EDL on the transcriptome-wide gene expression of rat segments 1-4. Over 11 000 genes were expressed in each of the four segments and over 2 000 transcripts in segment 1 responded to deprivation of testicular lumicrine factors. Segments 1 and 2 of control tissues were the most transcriptionally different and EDL had its greatest effects there. In the absence of lumicrine factors, all four segments regressed to a transcriptionally undifferentiated state, consistent with the less differentiated histology. Deprivation of lumicrine factors could stimulate an individual gene's expression in some segments yet suppress it in others. Such results reveal a higher complexity of the regulation of rat epididymal segments than that is generally appreciated.

  19. Effects of lipid vehicle and P-glycoprotein inhibition on the mesenteric lymphatic transport of paclitaxel in unconscious, lymph duct-cannulated rats.

    Cai, Qingqing; Deng, Xinxian; Li, Zhongdong; An, Dianyun; Shen, Teng; Zhong, Mingkang


    The present study examined the effects of lipid vehicle and intestinally based efflux processes on intestinal lymphatic transport of paclitaxel (PTX) in the mesenteric lymph duct-cannulated anesthetized rat model. PTX solution alone, PTX solution pretreated with the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor verapamil and/or PTX and a 2:1 (w/w) mixture of linoleic acid:glycerol monooleate were administered intraduodenally to anesthetized rats. Coadministration of a mixture of linoleic acid-monoolein significantly increased the extent of intestinal lymphatic transport of PTX, but it had little impact on the absolute oral bioavailability of PTX. In contrast, pretreatment with verapamil increased both the extent of lymphatic transport (3.5-fold) and absolute oral bioavailability (1.8-fold). Further increase in the lymphatic transport (6.5-fold) and absolute oral bioavailability (1.8-fold) was achieved by the combination of pretreatment with verapamil and coadministration with the linoleic acid-monoolein mixture. These data indicate that the application of lipid vehicle holds promise for selectively targeted lymphatic delivery of PTX. P-gp inhibition can result in both increased intestinal lymphatic levels and absolute oral bioavailability of PTX.

  20. Detection of Autoantibodies to Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-3 in Bile Duct Ligated Rats and Correlations with a Panel of Traditional Markers of Liver Diseases

    Florent Duval


    Full Text Available There is a need for new noninvasive biomarkers (NIBMs able to assess cholestasis and fibrosis in chronic cholestatic liver diseases (CCLDs. Tumorigenesis can arise from CCLDs. Therefore, autoantibodies to tumor-associated antigens (TAA may be early produced in response to abnormal self-antigen expression caused by cholestatic injury. Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-3 (VEGFR-3 has TAA potential since it is involved in cholangiocytes and lymphatic vessels proliferations during CCLDs. This study aims to detect autoantibodies directed at VEGFR-3 during bile duct ligation- (BDL- induced cholestatic injury in rat sera and investigate whether they could be associated with traditional markers of liver damage, cholestasis, and fibrosis. An ELISA was performed to detect anti-VEGFR-3 autoantibodies in sera of rats with different degree of liver injury and results were correlated with aminotransferases, total bilirubin, and the relative fibrotic area. Mean absorbances of anti-VEGFR-3 autoantibodies were significantly increased from week one to week five after BDL. The highest correlation was observed with total bilirubin (R2 = 0.8450, P=3.04e-12. In conclusion, anti-VEGFR-3 autoantibodies are early produced during BDL-induced cholestatic injury, and they are closely related to cholestasis, suggesting the potential of anti-VEGFR-3 autoantibodies as NIBMs of cholestasis in CCLDs and justifying the need for further investigations in patients with CCLD.

  1. Regionalization of epididymal duct and epithelium in rats and mice by automatic computer-aided morphometric analysis

    C. Soler; J. J. de Monserrat; M. Nú(n)ez; R. Gutiérrez; J. Nú(n)ez; M. Sancho; T. G. Cooper


    Aim: To establish a rat and mouse epididymal map based on the use of the Epiquatre automatic software for histologic image analysis. Methods: Epididymides from five adult rats and five adult mice were fixed in alcoholic Bouin's fixative and embedded in paraffin. Serial longitudinal sections through the medial aspect of the organ were cut at 10 μm and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. As determined from major connective tissue septa, nine subdivisions of the rat epididymis and seven for the mouse were determined, consisting of five sub-regions in the caput (rat and mouse), one (mouse) or three (rat) in the corpus and one in the cauda (rat and mouse). Using the Epiquatre software,several tubular, luminal and epithelial morphometric parameters were evaluated. Results: Statistical comparison of the quantitative parameters revealed regional differences (2-5 in the rat, 3-6 in the mouse, dependent on parameters)with caput regions 1 and 2 being largely distinguishable from the similar remaining caput and corpus, which were in turn recognizable from the cauda regions in both species. Conclusion: The use of the Epiquatre software allowed us to establish regression curves for different morphometric parameters that can permit the detection of changes in their values under different pathological or experimental conditions.

  2. Spironolactone lowers portal hypertension by inhibiting liver fibrosis, ROCK-2 activity and activating NO/PKG pathway in the bile-duct-ligated rat.

    Wei Luo

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Aldosterone, one of the main peptides in renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS, has been suggested to mediate liver fibrosis and portal hypertension. Spironolactone, an aldosterone antagonist, has beneficial effect on hyperdynamic circulation in clinical practice. However, the mechanisms remain unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the role of spionolactone on liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension. METHODS: Liver cirrhosis was induced by bile duct ligation (BDL. Spironolactone was administered orally (20 mg/kg/d after bile duct ligation was performed. Liver fibrosis was assessed by histology, Masson's trichrome staining, and the measurement of hydroxyproline and type I collagen content. The activation of HSC was determined by analysis of alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA expression. Protein expressions and protein phosphorylation were determined by immunohistochemical staining and Western blot analysis, Messenger RNA levels by quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR. Portal pressure and intrahepatic resistance were examined in vivo. RESULTS: Treatment with spironolactone significantly lowered portal pressure. This was associated with attenuation of liver fibrosis, intrahepatic resistance and inhibition of HSC activation. In BDL rat liver, spironolactone suppressed up-regulation of proinflammatory cytokines (TNFα and IL-6. Additionally, spironolactone significantly decreased ROCK-2 activity without affecting expression of RhoA and Ras. Moreover, spironolactone markedly increased the levels of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS, phosphorylated eNOS and the activity of NO effector-protein kinase G (PKG in the liver. CONCLUSION: Spironolactone lowers portal hypertension by improvement of liver fibrosis and inhibition of intrahepatic vasoconstriction via down-regulating ROCK-2 activity and activating NO/PKG pathway. Thus, early spironolactone therapy might be the optional therapy in cirrhosis and

  3. Decreased C-reactive protein induces abnormal vascular structure in a rat model of liver dysfunction induced by bile duct ligation

    Ji Hye Jun


    Full Text Available Background/Aims Chronic liver disease leads to liver fibrosis, and although the liver does have a certain regenerative capacity, this disease is associated with dysfunction of the liver vessels. C-reactive protein (CRP is produced in the liver and circulated from there for metabolism. CRP was recently shown to inhibit angiogenesis by inducing endothelial cell dysfunction. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of CRP levels on angiogenesis in a rat model of liver dysfunction induced by bile duct ligation (BDL. Methods The diameter of the hepatic vein was analyzed in rat liver tissues using hematoxylin and eosin (H&E staining. The expression levels of angiogenic factors, albumin, and CRP were analyzed by real-time PCR and Western blotting. A tube formation assay was performed to confirm the effect of CRP on angiogenesis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs treated with lithocholic acid (LCA and siRNA-CRP. Results The diameter of the hepatic portal vein increased significantly with the progression of cirrhosis. The expression levels of angiogenic factors were increased in the cirrhotic liver. In contrast, the expression levels of albumin and CRP were significantly lower in the liver tissue obtained from the BDL rat model than in the normal liver. The CRP level was correlated with the expression of albumin in hepatocytes treated with LCA and siRNA-CRP. Tube formation was significantly decreased in HUVECs when they were treated with LCA or a combination of LCA and siRNA-CRP. Conclusion CRP seems to be involved in the abnormal formation of vessels in hepatic disease, and so it could be a useful diagnostic marker for hepatic disease.

  4. In vitro expansion and differentiation of rat pancreatic duct-derived stem cells into insulin secreting cells using a dynamicthree-dimensional cell culture system.

    Chen, X C; Liu, H; Li, H; Cheng, Y; Yang, L; Liu, Y F


    In this study, a dynamic three-dimensional cell culture technology was used to expand and differentiate rat pancreatic duct-derived stem cells (PDSCs) into islet-like cell clusters that can secrete insulin. PDSCs were isolated from rat pancreatic tissues by in situ collagenase digestion and density gradient centrifugation. Using a dynamic three-dimensional culture technique, the cells were expanded and differentiated into functional islet-like cell clusters, which were characterized by morphological and phenotype analyses. After maintaining 1 x 108 isolated rat PDSCs in a dynamic three-dimensional cell culture for 7 days, 1.5 x 109 cells could be harvested. Passaged PDSCs expressed markers of pancreatic endocrine progenitors, including CD29 (86.17%), CD73 (90.73%), CD90 (84.13%), CD105 (78.28%), and Pdx-1. Following 14 additional days of culture in serum-free medium with nicotinamide, keratinocyte growth factor (KGF), and b fibroblast growth factor (FGF), the cells were differentiated into islet-like cell clusters (ICCs). The ICC morphology reflected that of fused cell clusters. During the late stage of differentiation, representative clusters were non-adherent and expressed insulin indicated by dithizone (DTZ)-positive staining. Insulin was detected in the extracellular fluid and cytoplasm of ICCs after 14 days of differentiation. Additionally, insulin levels were significantly higher at this time compared with the levels exhibited by PDSCs before differentiation (P cell culture system, PDSCs can be expanded in vitro and can differentiate into functional islet-like cell clusters.

  5. Investigating the enteroenteric recirculation of apixaban, a factor Xa inhibitor: administration of activated charcoal to bile duct-cannulated rats and dogs receiving an intravenous dose and use of drug transporter knockout rats.

    Zhang, Donglu; Frost, Charles E; He, Kan; Rodrigues, A David; Wang, Xiaoli; Wang, Lifei; Goosen, Theunis C; Humphreys, W Griffith


    The study described here investigated the impact of intestinal excretion (IE; excretion of drug directly from circulation to intestinal lumen), enteroenteric recirculation (EER), and renal tubule recirculation (RTR) on apixaban pharmacokinetics and disposition. The experimental approaches involve integrating apixaban elimination pathways with pharmacokinetic profiles obtained from bile duct-cannulated (BDC) rats and dogs receiving i.v. doses together with oral administration of activated charcoal (AC). Additionally, the role of P-gp (P-glycoprotein; abcb1) and BCRP (breast cancer resistance protein; abcg2) in apixaban disposition was evaluated in experiments using transporter inhibitors and transporter knockout (KO) rats. Approximately 20-50% of an apixaban i.v. dose was found in feces of BDC rats and dogs, suggesting IE leading to fecal elimination and intestinal clearance (IC). The fecal elimination, IC, and systemic clearance of apixaban were increased upon AC administration in both BDC rats and dogs and were decreased in BDC rats dosed with GF-120918, a dual BCRP and P-gp inhibitor). BCRP appeared to play a more important role for absorption and intestinal and renal elimination of apixaban than P-gp in transporter-KO rats after oral and i.v. dosing, which led to a higher level of active renal excretion in rat than other species. These data demonstrate that apixaban undergoes IE, EER, and RTR that are facilitated by efflux transporters. Intestinal reabsorption of apixaban could be interrupted by AC even at 3 hours post-drug dose in dogs (late charcoal effect). This study demonstrates that the intestine is an organ for direct clearance and redistribution of apixaban. The IE, EER, and RTR contribute to overall pharmacokinetic profiles of apixaban. IE as a clearance pathway, balanced with metabolism and renal excretion, helps decrease the impacts of intrinsic (renal or hepatic impairment) and extrinsic (drug-drug interactions) factors on apixaban disposition.

  6. 钩藤提取液致离体大鼠胸主动脉环舒张作用的研究%Vasodilative effect of FZA in vitro rat thoracic aorta

    白洋; 许晗; 钱艳鑫


    Objective To investigate the vasodilative effect and underlying mechanism of FZA in isolated rat thoracic aorta rings.Methods The study was performed with the model of isolated rat thoracic aorta rings in organ bath.The vasodilative effect of FZA in aortic rings in resting tension or pre-constricted with Norepinephrine(lmM) was observed.Results FZA could direcetly vasodilate aortic rings P≤0.05,n=4.Conclusion FZA siganificantly induced the vasodilative effect of rat thoracic could directly relax the rat aortic rings.%目的 研究钩藤提取液(FZA)对离体大鼠胸主动脉环舒张力的作用与机制.方法 采用大鼠离体胸主动脉灌流技术,以累积浓度法观测钩藤提取液对基础状态血管环张力的影响.结果 单独加入钩藤提取液观察到离体血管张力的改变,有显著的舒展血管作用P≤0.05,n=6.结论 钩藤提取液具有明显的舒张血管的作用,其作用机制可能直接舒张血管.

  7. EDRF (endothelium-derived relaxing factor)-release and Ca sup ++ -channel blockage by Magnolol, an antiplatelet agent isolated from Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis, in rat thoracic aorta

    Teng, Cheming; Yu, Sheumeei; Chen, Chienchih; Huang, Yulin; Huang, Turfu (National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan) National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan))


    Magnolol is an antiplatelet agent isolated from Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis. It inhibited norepinephrine-induced phasic and tonic contractions in rat thoracic aorta. At the plateau of the NE-induced tonic contraction, addition of magnolol caused two phases (fast and slow) of relaxation. These two relaxations were concentration-dependent, and were not inhibited by indomethacin. The fast relaxation was completely antagonized by hemoglobin and methylene blue, and disappeared in de-endothelialized aorta while the slow relaxation was not affected by the above treatments. Magnolol also inhibited high potassium-induced, calcium-dependent contraction of rat aorta in a concentration-dependent manner. {sup 45}Ca{sup ++} influx induced by high potassium or NE was markedly inhibited by magnolol. Cyclic GMP, but not PGI{sub 2}, was increased by magnolol in intact, but not in de-endothelialized aorta. It is concluded that magnolol relaxed vascular smooth muscle by releasing endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) and by inhibiting calcium influx through voltage-gated calcium channels.

  8. High potassium promotes mutual interaction between (pro)renin receptor and the local renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in rat inner medullary collecting duct cells.

    Xu, Chuanming; Fang, Hui; Zhou, Li; Lu, Aihua; Yang, Tianxin


    (Pro)renin receptor (PRR) is predominantly expressed in the collecting duct (CD) with unclear functional implication. It is not known whether CD PRR is regulated by high potassium (HK). Here, we aimed to investigate the effect of HK on PRR expression and its role in regulation of aldosterone synthesis and release in the CD. In primary rat inner medullary CD cells, HK augmented PRR expression and soluble PPR (sPRR) release in a time- and dose-dependent manner, which was attenuated by PRR small interfering RNA (siRNA), eplerenone, and losartan. HK upregulated aldosterone release in parallel with an increase of CYP11B2 (cytochrome P-450, family 11, subfamily B, polypeptide 2) protein expression and upregulation of medium renin activity, both of which were attenuated by a PRR antagonist PRO20, PRR siRNA, eplerenone, and losartan. Similarly, prorenin upregulated aldosterone release and CYP11B2 expression, both of which were attenuated by PRR siRNA. Interestingly, a recombinant sPRR (sPRR-His) also stimulated aldosterone release and CYP11B2 expression. Taken together, we conclude that HK enhances a local renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), leading to increased PRR expression, which in turn amplifies the response of the RAAS, ultimately contributing to heightened aldosterone release.

  9. Balanced Turbo Field Echo with Extended k-space Sampling: A Fast Technique for the Thoracic Ductography.

    Nomura, Takakiyo; Niwa, Tetsu; Kazama, Toshiki; Sekiguchi, Tatsuya; Okazaki, Takashi; Shibukawa, Shuhei; Nishio, Hiroaki; Obara, Makoto; Imai, Yutaka


    We evaluated the visibility of the thoracic duct by fast balanced turbo field echo with extended k-space sampling (bTFEe). The thoracic duct of 10 healthy volunteers was scanned by bTFEe using a 1.5-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was acquired in approximately 2 minutes. Three-dimensional (3D) turbo spin-echo (TSE) was obtained for comparison. The thoracic duct including draining location of the venous system was overall well visualized on bTFEe, compared to TSE.

  10. Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Thoracic Structures: Based on Chinese Visible Human

    Yi Wu


    Full Text Available We managed to establish three-dimensional digitized visible model of human thoracic structures and to provide morphological data for imaging diagnosis and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. With Photoshop software, the contour line of lungs and mediastinal structures including heart, aorta and its ramus, azygos vein, superior vena cava, inferior vena cava, thymus, esophagus, diaphragm, phrenic nerve, vagus nerve, sympathetic trunk, thoracic vertebrae, sternum, thoracic duct, and so forth were segmented from the Chinese Visible Human (CVH-1 data set. The contour data set of segmented thoracic structures was imported to Amira software and 3D thorax models were reconstructed via surface rendering and volume rendering. With Amira software, surface rendering reconstructed model of thoracic organs and its volume rendering reconstructed model were 3D reconstructed and can be displayed together clearly and accurately. It provides a learning tool of interpreting human thoracic anatomy and virtual thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for medical students and junior surgeons.

  11. Studies on repairing of hemisected thoracic spinal cord of adult rats by using a chitosan tube filled with alginate fibers

    LI Xiaoguang; YANG Zhaoyang; YANG Yi


    A chitosan tube filled with alginate fibers was implanted into the injured spinal cord of a rat for repairing the damaged tissue. Twelve months after the operation, the morphological observation demonstrated that this chitosan tube could induce regeneration of myelinated and non-myelinated axons and blood vessels. The Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) behavioral evaluation confirmed that the implants played a key role in the long-term restoration of rats motor functions. It is a promising start in the treatment of the patients with the injury of the spinal cord.

  12. Evaluation of Five Tests for Sensitivity to Functional Deficits following Cervical or Thoracic Dorsal Column Transection in the Rat.

    Nitish D Fagoe

    Full Text Available The dorsal column lesion model of spinal cord injury targets sensory fibres which originate from the dorsal root ganglia and ascend in the dorsal funiculus. It has the advantages that fibres can be specifically traced from the sciatic nerve, verifiably complete lesions can be performed of the labelled fibres, and it can be used to study sprouting in the central nervous system from the conditioning lesion effect. However, functional deficits from this type of lesion are mild, making assessment of experimental treatment-induced functional recovery difficult. Here, five functional tests were compared for their sensitivity to functional deficits, and hence their suitability to reliably measure recovery of function after dorsal column injury. We assessed the tape removal test, the rope crossing test, CatWalk gait analysis, and the horizontal ladder, and introduce a new test, the inclined rolling ladder. Animals with dorsal column injuries at C4 or T7 level were compared to sham-operated animals for a duration of eight weeks. As well as comparing groups at individual timepoints we also compared the longitudinal data over the whole time course with linear mixed models (LMMs, and for tests where steps are scored as success/error, using generalized LMMs for binomial data. Although, generally, function recovered to sham levels within 2-6 weeks, in most tests we were able to detect significant deficits with whole time-course comparisons. On the horizontal ladder deficits were detected until 5-6 weeks. With the new inclined rolling ladder functional deficits were somewhat more consistent over the testing period and appeared to last for 6-7 weeks. Of the CatWalk parameters base of support was sensitive to cervical and thoracic lesions while hind-paw print-width was affected by cervical lesion only. The inclined rolling ladder test in combination with the horizontal ladder and the CatWalk may prove useful to monitor functional recovery after experimental

  13. Effect of L-cysteine on remote organ injury in rats with severe acute pancreatitis induced by bile-pancreatic duct obstruction

    Li-Juan Yang; Rong Wan; Jia-Qing Shen; Jie Shen and Xing-Peng Wang


    BACKGROUND: Remote  organ  failure  occurs  in  cases  of acute  pancreatitis  (AP);  however,  the  reports  on  AP  induced by  pancreatic  duct  obstruction  are  rare.  In  this  study  we determined  the  effect  of  L-cysteine  on  pancreaticobiliary inflammation  and  remote  organ  damage  in  rats  after pancreaticobiliary duct ligation (PBDL). METHODS:   AP  was  induced  by  PBDL  in  rats  with  5/0  silk. Sixty  rats  were  randomly  divided  into  4  groups.  Groups  A and  B  were  sham-operated  groups  that  received  injections  of saline  or  L-cysteine  (10  mg/kg)  intraperitoneally  (15  rats  in each group). Groups C and D were PBDL groups that received injections  of  saline  or  L-cysteine  (10  mg/kg)  intraperitoneally (15 rats in each group). The tissue samples of the pancreas and remote organs such as the lung, liver, intestine and kidney were subsequently examined for pathological changes under a light microscope. The samples were also stored for the determination of malondialdehyde and glutathione levels. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN), plasma amylase, ALT and AST levels were determined spectrophotometrically using an automated analyzer. Also, we evaluated  the  effect  of  L-cysteine  on  remote  organ  injury  in rats  with  AP  induced  by  retrograde  infusion  of  3.5%  sodium taurocholate (NaTc) into the bile-pancreatic duct. RESULTS: Varying degrees of injury in the pancreas, lung, liver, intestine and kidney were observed in the rats 24 hours after PBDL. The severity of

  14. Early bile duct cancer

    Jae Myung Cha; Myung-Hwan Kim; Se Jin Jang


    Bile duct cancers are frequently diagnosed as advanced diseases. Over half of patients with advanced bile duct cancer present with unresectable malignancies and their prognosis has been very poor even after curative resections. Although there has been a need to diagnose bile duct cancer at its early stage, it has been a difficult goal to achieve due to our lack of knowledge regarding this disease entity. Early bile duct cancer may be defined as a carcinoma whose invasion is confined within the fibromuscular layer of the extrahepatic bile duct or intrahepatic large bile duct without distant metastasis irrespective of lymph node involvement. Approximately 3%-10% of resected bile duct cancers have been reported to be early cancers in the literature. The clinicopathological features of patients with early bile duct cancer differ from those of patients with advanced bile duct cancer, with more frequent asymptomatic presentation, characteristic histopathological findings,and excellent prognosis. This manuscript is organized to emphasize the need for convening an international consensus to develop the concept of early bile duct cancer.

  15. Impact of thoracic surgery on cardiac morphology and function in small animal models of heart disease: a cardiac MRI study in rats.

    Peter Nordbeck

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Surgical procedures in small animal models of heart disease might evoke alterations in cardiac morphology and function. The aim of this study was to reveal and quantify such potential artificial early or long term effects in vivo, which might account for a significant bias in basic cardiovascular research, and, therefore, could potentially question the meaning of respective studies. METHODS: Female Wistar rats (n = 6 per group were matched for weight and assorted for sham left coronary artery ligation or control. Cardiac morphology and function was then investigated in vivo by cine magnetic resonance imaging at 7 Tesla 1 and 8 weeks after the surgical procedure. The time course of metabolic and inflammatory blood parameters was determined in addition. RESULTS: Compared to healthy controls, rats after sham surgery showed a lower body weight both 1 week (267.5±10.6 vs. 317.0±11.3 g, n<0.05 and 8 weeks (317.0±21.1 vs. 358.7±22.4 g, n<0.05 after the intervention. Left and right ventricular morphology and function were not different in absolute measures in both groups 1 week after surgery. However, there was a confined difference in several cardiac parameters normalized to the body weight (bw, such as myocardial mass (2.19±0.30/0.83±0.13 vs. 1.85±0.22/0.70±0.07 mg left/right per g bw, p<0.05, or enddiastolic ventricular volume (1.31±0.36/1.21±0.31 vs. 1.14±0.20/1.07±0.17 µl left/right per g bw, p<0.05. Vice versa, after 8 weeks, cardiac masses, volumes, and output showed a trend for lower values in sham operated rats compared to controls in absolute measures (782.2±57.2/260.2±33.2 vs. 805.9±84.8/310.4±48.5 mg, p<0.05 for left/right ventricular mass, but not normalized to body weight. Matching these findings, blood testing revealed only minor inflammatory but prolonged metabolic changes after surgery not related to cardiac disease. CONCLUSION: Cardio-thoracic surgical procedures in experimental myocardial infarction

  16. Endothelium-Dependent Vasorelaxant Effect of Butanolic Fraction from Caryocar brasiliense Camb. Leaves in Rat Thoracic Aorta

    Lais Moraes de Oliveira


    Full Text Available Caryocar brasiliense Camb. “pequi” is a native plant from the Cerrado region of Brazil that contains bioactive components reported to be antioxidant agents. Previous work has demonstrated that dietary supplementation with pequi decreased the arterial pressure of volunteer athletes. We found that the crude hydroalcoholic extract (CHE of C. brasiliense leaves relaxed, in a concentration-dependent manner, rat aortic rings precontracted with phenylephrine, and that the butanolic fraction (BF produced an effect similar to that of the CHE. Aortic relaxation induced by BF was abolished by endothelium removal, by incubation of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME, or the soluble guanylatecyclase inhibitor ODQ. However, incubation with atropine and pyrilamine had no effect on the BF-induced vasorelaxation. Moreover, this effect was not inhibited by indomethacin and tetraethylammonium. The concentration-response curve to calcium in denuded-endothelium rings was not modified after incubation with BF, and the vasorelaxation by BF in endothelium-intact rings precontracted with KCl was abolished after incubation with L-NAME. In addition, administration of BF in anesthetized rats resulted in a reversible hypotension. The results reveal that C. brasiliense possesses both in vivo and in vitro activities and that the vascular effect of BF involves stimulation of the nitric oxide/cyclic GMP pathway.

  17. Extradural synovial thoracic cyst.

    Hodges, S D; Fronczak, S; Zindrick, M R; Lorenz, M A; Vrbos, L A


    SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA. Case studies documenting the incidence of thoracic intraspinal, extradural synovial cysts are limited. The occurrence of synovial cysts is associated with varied symptoms that differ among cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. The clinical appearance may be similar to other spinal diseases. METHODS. This report describes symptoms exhibited by and care provided for a patient with extradural synovial thoracic cyst.

  18. Functional responses of the pulmonary endothelium to thoracic irradiation in rats: differential modification by D-penicillamine

    Ward, W.F.; Molteni, A.; Ts' ao, C.; Solliday, N.H.


    Male rats were sacrificed 2 or 6 months after a range of single doses of gamma rays (0-30 Gy) to the right hemithorax. Half of each dose group consumed control feed continuously after irradiation, and half consumed feed containing the collagen antagonist D-penicillamine (10 mg/rat/day). Four markers of pulmonary endothelial function were monitored: angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity, plasminogen activator (PLA) activity, and prostacyclin (PGI2) and thromboxane (TXA2) production. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid also was obtained from the right lung, and was analyzed for macrophage number, and PGI2 and TXA2 concentration. Right lung ACE and PLA activities decreased linearly with increasing dose at both 2 and 6 months postirradiation, and penicillamine had no significant effect on either response. In contrast, PGI2 and TXA2 production by the right lung increased linearly with increasing radiation dose at both autopsy times. Penicillamine significantly ameliorated the increase in PGI2 production at 2 months, and the increase in TXA2 production at both 2 and 6 months postirradiation. Penicillamine dose-reduction factors (DRF) for PGI2 and TXA2 production were 1.3-1.4, and the response curve slope ratios were 1.7-2.5 (p less than 0.05). Penicillamine also ameliorated the dose-dependent increase in TXA2 concentration in the BAL fluid at 2 months. These data indicate that the four markers of radiation-induced pulmonary endothelial dysfunction do not respond identically to penicillamine dose-modification. Of the four markers, TXA2 production exhibits the most significant and widespread penicillamine sparing. TXA2 is a potent vasoconstrictor, promoter of platelet aggregation, and mediator of inflammation, and partial prevention of the radiation-induced hyperproduction of this eicosanoid may account in part for penicillamine's therapeutic action in this model.

  19. 藻酸双酯钠对大鼠离体去内皮胸主动脉环的舒缩作用%Effect of polysaccharide sulfate in endothelium-denuded thoracic aortic rings isolated from rats

    郑高暑; 胡申江; 林杨闯


    Objective : To examine the effect of polysaccharide sulfate ( PSS) on contraction or relaxation of thoracic endothelium-denuded aortic rings isolated from rats. Methods; In isolate rat thoracic endothelium-denuded aortic rings, the effect of PSS at various concentrations (5 × 10 ~ 5 × 10 mg·L-1 ) on resting tension and contraction induced by KC1 and phenylephrine (PE) was determined. Results; PSS at various concentrations had no significant effect on resting tension or KC1- and PE-induce contractions in endothelium-denuded aortic rings. PSS (5 × 10 mg·L-1 ) did not inhibit the contraction elicited by Ca 2+ influx or Ca 2+ release. Conclusion; The concentrations of PSS from 5×10 to 5×10 mg·L-1 have no effect in the rat thoracic aortic rings without endothelium in vitro.Objective : To examine the effect of polysaccharide sulfate ( PSS) on contraction or relaxation of thoracic endothelium-denuded aortic rings isolated from rats. Methods; In isolate rat thoracic endothelium-denuded aortic rings, the effect of PSS at various concentrations (5 × 10 ~ 5 × 10 mg·L-1 ) on resting tension and contraction induced by KC1 and phenylephrine (PE) was determined. Results; PSS at various concentrations had no significant effect on resting tension or KC1- and PE-induce contractions in endothelium-denuded aortic rings. PSS (5 × 10 mg·L-1 ) did not inhibit the contraction elicited by Ca 2+ influx or Ca 2+ release. Conclusion; The concentrations of PSS from 5×10 to 5×10 mg·L-1 have no effect in the rat thoracic aortic rings without endothelium in vitro.%目的:观察藻酸双酯钠( polysaccharide sulfate,PSS)对离体大鼠胸主动脉平滑肌舒缩的影响.方法:采用大鼠离体去内皮主动脉环灌流模型,观察不同浓度PSS(5×10-2~5 ×102 mg·L-1)对基础状态及氯化钾( KCl)、去氧肾上腺素(PE)等试剂的血管收缩效应的影响.结果:不同浓度PSS对基础状态、KC1或PE的去内皮血管环收缩效应无明显影响.PSS(5×102 mg

  20. Changes in gene expression of pancreatitis-associated protein and pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitors in experimental pancreatitis produced by pancreatic duct occlusion in rats: comparison with gene expression of cholecystokinin and secretin.

    Funakoshi, A; Miyasaka, K; Jimi, A; Nakamura, E; Teraoka, H


    Pancreatic duct occlusion is known to produce a sustained increase in the plasma cholecystokinin (CCK) concentration and to affect the tissue content of CCK in the rat. The tissue content of CCK is correlated with regenerative changes in the pancreas after pancreatic duct occlusion. In the present study, we examined the changes in mRNA levels of pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitors (PSTIs), pancreatitis-associated protein (PAP), and amylase in the pancreas in comparison with changes in CCK and secretin mRNA levels in the intestine and the histological changes produced by pancreatic duct ligation. Rats with an internal bile fistula and with obstruction of pancreatic flow were prepared and were sacrificed 1, 3, 7, 10, 14, and 28 days later. Then mRNA levels of CCK, secretin, PSTIs, PAP, and amylase were determined by slot-blot analysis. The CCK mRNA level gradually increased to a peak on day 10, was slightly lower on day 14, and returned to the control level on day 28. The level of secretin mRNA did not change. The mRNA levels of PSTIs increased significantly on day 3 after occlusion. PAP mRNA was detectable on days 1 and 3, being maximal on day 1. The mRNA level of amylase was markedly decreased on days 1 and 3, then remained lower than the control level. Histological examination showed acute inflammatory changes in the pancreas on days 1 and 3 and regenerative changes from day 7. These results suggest that a change in gene expression of PAP reflects acute inflammatory changes in the pancreas most sensitively.

  1. Endothelium-dependent induction of vasorelaxation by Melissa officinalis L. ssp. officinalis in rat isolated thoracic aorta.

    Ersoy, S; Orhan, I; Turan, N N; Sahan, G; Ark, M; Tosun, F


    In the current study, vasorelaxant effect produced by the aqueous extract of Melissa officinalis L. ssp. officinalis (MOO) (Lamiaceae) and its possible mechanism in isolated rat aortic rings precontracted with phenylephrine were examined. In the first series of experiments, effect of MOO on the baseline and phenylephrine (10(-5)M) precontracted arteries was investigated, while in the second group of experiments, endothelium intact or endothelium denuded effect was determined. The agents used were N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine (L-NAME), an irreversible inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase, indomethacin (10 microM), a cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor, and glibenclamide (10 microM), an ATP-sensitive potassium channel blocker. The extract was found to exert a vasorelaxant effect and rosmarinic acid quantity, the characteristic compound of the plant, was analyzed by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (18.75%), and was further confirmed by LC-MS analysis giving a prominent [M(+1)] molecular ion peak at m/z 365. Total phenol amount in the extract was determined using Folin-Ciocalteau reagent (0.284 mg/mg extract). Vasorelaxant effect of the extract was entirely dependent on the presence of endothelium and was abolished by pretreatment with L-NAME, whereas pretreatment with indomethacin and glibenclamide reduced the relaxation to a minor extent. Rosmarinic acid was also tested in the same manner as the extract and was found to exert vasorelaxant effect. These results suggest that the aqueous extract of MOO vasodilates via nitric oxide pathway with the possible involvement of prostacycline and endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF) pathways as well.

  2. End-ischemic machine perfusion reduces bile duct injury in donation after circulatory death rat donor livers independent of the machine perfusion temperature

    Westerkamp, Andrie C.; Mahboub, Paria; Meyer, Sophie L.; Hottenrott, Maximilia; Ottens, Petra J.; Wiersma-Buist, Janneke; Gouw, Annette S. H.; Lisman, Ton; Leuvenink, Henri G. D.; Porte, Robert J.


    A short period of oxygenated machine perfusion (MP) after static cold storage (SCS) may reduce biliary injury in donation after cardiac death (DCD) donor livers. However, the ideal perfusion temperature for protection of the bile ducts is unknown. In this study, the optimal perfusion temperature for

  3. The human thoracic duct is functionally innervated by adrenergic nerves

    Telinius, Niklas; Baandrup, Ulrik; Rumessen, Jüri Johs.


    and immunohistochemistry suggested scarce diffuse distribution of nerves in the entire vessel wall, but nerve-mediated contractions could be induced with EFS and were sensitive to the muscarinic receptor blocker atropine and the α-adrenoceptor blocker phentolamine. The combination of phentolamine and atropine resulted...

  4. Segmental Expression of the Bradykinin Type 2 Receptor in Rat Efferent Ducts and Epididymis and Its Role in the Regulation of Aquaporin 91

    Belleannée, C.; Silva, N. Da; Shum, W.W.C.; Marsolais, M.; Laprade, R.; Brown, D.; Breton, S.


    Water and solute transport in the efferent ducts and epididymis are important for the establishment of the appropriate luminal environment for sperm maturation and storage. Aquaporin 9 (AQP9) is the main water channel in the epididymis, but its regulation is still poorly understood. Components of the kinin-kallikrein system (KKS), leading to the production of bradykinin (BK), are highly expressed in the lumen of the male reproductive tract. We report here that the epididymal luminal fluid contains a significant amount of BK (2 nM). RT-PCR performed on epididymal epithelial cells isolated by laser capture microdissection (LCM) showed abundant BK type 2 receptor (Bdkrb2) mRNA expression but no type 1 receptor (Bdkrb1). Double-immunofluorescence staining for BDKRB2 and the anion exchanger AE2 (a marker of efferent duct ciliated cells) or the V-ATPase E subunit, official symbol ATP6V1E1 (a marker of epididymal clear cells), showed that BDKRB2 is expressed in the apical pole of nonciliated cells (efferent ducts) and principal cells (epididymis). Triple labeling for BDKRB2, AQP9, and ATP6V1E1 showed that BDKRB2 and AQP9 colocalize in the apical stereocilia of principal cells in the cauda epididymidis. While uniform Bdkrb2 mRNA expression was detected in the efferent ducts and along the epididymal tubule, marked variations were detected at the protein level. BDKRB2 was highest in the efferent ducts and cauda epididymidis, intermediate in the distal initial segment, moderate in the corpus, and undetectable in the proximal initial segment and the caput. Functional assays on tubules isolated from the distal initial segments showed that BK significantly increased AQP9-dependent glycerol apical membrane permeability. This effect was inhibited by BAPTA-AM, demonstrating the participation of calcium in this process. This study, therefore, identifies BK as an important regulator of AQP9. PMID:18829705

  5. Thoracic spine pain

    Aleksey Ivanovich Isaikin


    Full Text Available Thoracic spine pain, or thoracalgia, is one of the common reasons for seeking for medical advice. The epidemiology and semiotics of pain in the thoracic spine unlike in those in the cervical and lumbar spine have not been inadequately studied. The causes of thoracic spine pain are varied: diseases of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and renal systems, injuries to the musculoskeletal structures of the cervical and thoracic portions, which require a thorough differential diagnosis. Facet, costotransverse, and costovertebral joint injuries and myofascial syndrome are the most common causes of musculoskeletal (nonspecific pain in the thoracic spine. True radicular pain is rarely encountered. Traditionally, treatment for thoracalgia includes a combination of non-drug and drug therapies. The cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitor meloxicam (movalis may be the drug of choice in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.

  6. Effects of long-term active immunization with the second extracellular loop of human β1- or β3-adrenoceptors in thoracic aorta and mesenteric arteries in Lewis rats.

    Montaudon, E; Dubreil, L; Lalanne, V; Jagu, B; Toumaniantz, G; Thorin, C; Henrion, D; Desfontis, J-C; Martignat, L; Mallem, M Y


    To evaluate whether active immunization producing β1- or β3-antibodies (β1-ABs and β3-ABs) detected in sera of patients with dilated cardiomyopathies has deleterious effects on vascular reactivity in Lewis rat thoracic aorta (TA) and small mesenteric arteries (SMA). Lewis rats were immunized for 6months with peptidic sequences corresponding to the second extracellular loop of β1- and β3-adrenoceptors (ARs). During the immunization, systolic blood pressure (SBP) was monitored using the tail cuff method. The vascular reactivity of immunized rats was assessed by ex vivo studies on SMA and TA using various β-AR agonists, phenylephrine and KCl. The immunizations producing functional β1-ABs and β3-ABs did not affect the SBP. However, in TA from β1-AR-immunized rats, the relaxations mediated by dobutamine and salbutamol were significantly impaired in comparison with adjuvant rats whereas nebivolol-induced relaxation was not modified. Moreover, phenylephrine and KCl-mediated contractions were enhanced in these rats. In contrast, immunization with β3-AR peptide led to the increase of relaxations induced by dobutamine in TA but did not change those induced by salbutamol and nebivolol. Surprisingly, in SMA from both rats immunized with β1- or β3-peptides, relaxations induced by the various β-agonists were not changed whereas phenylephrine and KCl-mediated contractions were impaired. Our study shows that β1- and β3-ABs can affect vascular reactivity. β1-ABs would have a pathogenic action whereas β3-ABs would have a beneficial effect on aorta reactivity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Imaging of thoracic textiloma.

    Ridene, Imene; Hantous-Zannad, Saoussen; Zidi, Asma; Smati, Belhassen; Baccouche, Ines; Kilani, Tarek; Ben Miled-M'rad, Khaoula


    Intrathoracic textiloma or gossypiboma, a retained surgical sponge in the thoracic cavity, is an exceptional but serious complication following thoracic or abdominal surgery. The purpose of this work is to highlight the topographic features of thoracic textiloma and to describe imaging aspects, and, particularly, computed tomography (CT) features. Eight patients have been operated in our thoracic surgery department for thoracic gossypiboma. In the past, three patients had undergone hepatic surgery and the five others had a history of thoracic surgery. All the patients had a chest radiograph, five of them had a thoracic ultrasonography, all had a chest CT, and one patient had a chest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In patients with a history of abdominal surgery, the foreign body was located in the parenchyma of the right lower lobe. In the other patients, the foreign body was either intrapleural or mediastinal. Ultrasonography suggested the diagnosis of textiloma in three of the five patients by demonstrating a non-calcified hyperechoic mass with acoustic shadow. At CT, the gossypiboma was a low-attenuating mass containing trapped gas lucencies in six patients and it was a high-attenuating mass in two patients. MRI showed a diaphragmatic defect in one patient with an intrapulmonary gossypiboma that migrated from the abdomen. The CT aspect of thoracic gossypiboma may be different according to pleural or parenchymal location. The spongiform appearance, characteristic in abdominal gossypiboma, is not the only CT presentation of thoracic gossypiboma. The confrontation of the surgical history with the CT signs helps to have a preoperative diagnosis. Copyright © 2010 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Curved-Duct

    Je Hyun Baekt


    Full Text Available A numerical study is conducted on the fully-developed laminar flow of an incompressible viscous fluid in a square duct rotating about a perpendicular axis to the axial direction of the duct. At the straight duct, the rotation produces vortices due to the Coriolis force. Generally two vortex cells are formed and the axial velocity distribution is distorted by the effect of this Coriolis force. When a convective force is weak, two counter-rotating vortices are shown with a quasi-parabolic axial velocity profile for weak rotation rates. As the rotation rate increases, the axial velocity on the vertical centreline of the duct begins to flatten and the location of vorticity center is moved near to wall by the effect of the Coriolis force. When the convective inertia force is strong, a double-vortex secondary flow appears in the transverse planes of the duct for weak rotation rates but as the speed of rotation increases the secondary flow is shown to split into an asymmetric configuration of four counter-rotating vortices. If the rotation rates are increased further, the secondary flow restabilizes to a slightly asymmetric double-vortex configuration. Also, a numerical study is conducted on the laminar flow of an incompressible viscous fluid in a 90°-bend square duct that rotates about axis parallel to the axial direction of the inlet. At a 90°-bend square duct, the feature of flow by the effect of a Coriolis force and a centrifugal force, namely a secondary flow by the centrifugal force in the curved region and the Coriolis force in the downstream region, is shown since the centrifugal force in curved region and the Coriolis force in downstream region are dominant respectively.

  9. Particle deposition in ventilation ducts

    Sippola, Mark Raymond [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Exposure to airborne particles is detrimental to human health and indoor exposures dominate total exposures for most people. The accidental or intentional release of aerosolized chemical and biological agents within or near a building can lead to exposures of building occupants to hazardous agents and costly building remediation. Particle deposition in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems may significantly influence exposures to particles indoors, diminish HVAC performance and lead to secondary pollutant release within buildings. This dissertation advances the understanding of particle behavior in HVAC systems and the fates of indoor particles by means of experiments and modeling. Laboratory experiments were conducted to quantify particle deposition rates in horizontal ventilation ducts using real HVAC materials. Particle deposition experiments were conducted in steel and internally insulated ducts at air speeds typically found in ventilation ducts, 2-9 m/s. Behaviors of monodisperse particles with diameters in the size range 1-16 μm were investigated. Deposition rates were measured in straight ducts with a fully developed turbulent flow profile, straight ducts with a developing turbulent flow profile, in duct bends and at S-connector pieces located at duct junctions. In straight ducts with fully developed turbulence, experiments showed deposition rates to be highest at duct floors, intermediate at duct walls, and lowest at duct ceilings. Deposition rates to a given surface increased with an increase in particle size or air speed. Deposition was much higher in internally insulated ducts than in uninsulated steel ducts. In most cases, deposition in straight ducts with developing turbulence, in duct bends and at S-connectors at duct junctions was higher than in straight ducts with fully developed turbulence. Measured deposition rates were generally higher than predicted by published models. A model incorporating empirical equations based on the

  10. Particle deposition in ventilation ducts

    Sippola, Mark R.


    Exposure to airborne particles is detrimental to human health and indoor exposures dominate total exposures for most people. The accidental or intentional release of aerosolized chemical and biological agents within or near a building can lead to exposures of building occupants to hazardous agents and costly building remediation. Particle deposition in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems may significantly influence exposures to particles indoors, diminish HVAC performance and lead to secondary pollutant release within buildings. This dissertation advances the understanding of particle behavior in HVAC systems and the fates of indoor particles by means of experiments and modeling. Laboratory experiments were conducted to quantify particle deposition rates in horizontal ventilation ducts using real HVAC materials. Particle deposition experiments were conducted in steel and internally insulated ducts at air speeds typically found in ventilation ducts, 2-9 m/s. Behaviors of monodisperse particles with diameters in the size range 1-16 {micro}m were investigated. Deposition rates were measured in straight ducts with a fully developed turbulent flow profile, straight ducts with a developing turbulent flow profile, in duct bends and at S-connector pieces located at duct junctions. In straight ducts with fully developed turbulence, experiments showed deposition rates to be highest at duct floors, intermediate at duct walls, and lowest at duct ceilings. Deposition rates to a given surface increased with an increase in particle size or air speed. Deposition was much higher in internally insulated ducts than in uninsulated steel ducts. In most cases, deposition in straight ducts with developing turbulence, in duct bends and at S-connectors at duct junctions was higher than in straight ducts with fully developed turbulence. Measured deposition rates were generally higher than predicted by published models. A model incorporating empirical equations based on

  11. Superselective retrograde lymphatic duct embolization for management of postoperative lymphatic leak.

    Arslan, Bülent; Masrani, Abdulrahman; Tasse, Jordan Cameron; Stenson, Kerstin; Turba, Ülkü Cenk


    Lymphatic leak is a well-documented complication following neck dissection surgeries. When conservative methods fail to control the leak, thoracic duct embolization becomes an option. Transabdominal access is the standard for this procedure; however, it is not always feasible. We discuss a technique of selective lymphatic vessel embolization utilizing retrograde transvenous access.

  12. Effect of guanosine on rat isolated thoracic arterial rings%鸟苷对大鼠胸主动脉血管环的舒张作用及机制

    王勋; 罗珊珊; 蒋嘉烨; 陆家凤; 可燕


    Aim To observe the effects of guanosine on isolated rat thoracic arterial ring and to investigate the possible mechanism. Methods The isolated thoracic arterial rings removed from SD rats were prepared in the circular form with endothelium intacted and endo-thelium denuded in isolated organ bath. The effect of guanosine on aortic rings in basal tension or pre-constricted with KC1 or PE was observed. When the aortic rings were in incubated with different inhibitors , the effect of guanosine on aortic rings was examined and investigated. Result Accumulated guanosine( 10 ~9 ~ 10 ~5 mol ? L"1 ) had no significant effects on aortic rings with intact endothelium in basal tension or pre-incubated with KC1; Accumulated guanosine had endo-thelium-dependent relaxation of vascular rings pro-con-stricted with PE. In the group pre-incubated by indom-ethacin, accumulated guanosine had no effect on relaxation of arterial rings. While in L-NAME group and Methylene blue group, accumulated guanosine had significant effect on the relaxation of arterial rings. Conclusion The results indicate that guanosine has effect on relaxation of rat isolated thoracic arterial rings in a concentration-dependent manner. The rat isolated thoracic arterial rings can significantly decrease the relaxation induced by guanosine, which is connected with NO - GC - cGMP pathway.%目的 研究鸟苷对大鼠离体血管环的影响,并探讨其可能的作用机制.方法 分离SD大鼠胸主血管环,分成去内皮组和内皮完整组,采用离体血管环实验方法,经生物信号采集与分析系统测定血管环张力的变化,观察鸟苷的舒血管作用并探讨不同抑制剂对鸟苷舒张大鼠离体血管环作用的影响.结果 鸟苷(10-9~10-5 mol·L-1)对基础状态下或KCl预收缩血管环的张力无影响;对PE预收缩的血管环有内皮依赖性舒张作用;环氧合酶抑制剂吲哚美辛孵育对鸟苷的舒张作用无明显影响;一氧化氮合酶



    5.2 Upper respiratory tract, lung960697 Analysis of surgical treatment in474 patients with small cell lung cancer. BaiLianqi (白连启), et al. Beijing Res Inst TuberThorac Tumor, Beijing 101149. Chin J ThoracCardiovasc Surg 1996; 12(4): 211-213 The author summarized the effect and indi-cation of surgical resection of small cell lungcancer in 474 patients from 1957 to the end of

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  15. Gallbladder and Bile Duct Disorders

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  16. 四乙酰葛根素对离体大鼠胸主动脉环作用初步研究%Study effects of Tetra-acetylated Puerarin on Isolated Rat Thoracic Aortic Rings

    张毅; 李恒华; 江兵; 黄小平; 翁代群; 徐嘉红; 杨大坚


    目的 观察四乙酰葛根素(Tp)对离体大鼠胸主动脉环的作用以及作用机制.方法 采用大鼠离体胸主动脉环灌流装置,观测四乙酰葛根素对重酒石酸去甲肾上腺素(NA)和氯化钾(KCl)预收缩主动脉环张力的影响.结果 四乙酰葛根素对去甲肾上腺素预收缩主动脉环有明显的舒张作用,与空白对照相比,具有显著性差异(P0.05).结论 四乙酰葛根素的舒血管作用与受体依赖性钙通道和电压依赖性钙通道均有关,并且其舒血管作用可能与内皮有一定关系.%OBJECTIVE Study effect of tetra-acetylated puerarin on isolated rats thoracic aortic rings and it's mechanisms. METHODS The thoracic aortic rings of Sprague-Dawley rats were mounted on a perfusion system, and isometric tensions of the aorta rings precontracted with noradrenaline bitartrate (NA) and potassium chloride (KCl) respectively were recorded in vitro. RESULTS Compared with the controls, tetra-acetylated puerarin showed significantly different vasodilation effects on NA-precontracted aortic ring (P0.05). CONCLUSION Tetra-acetylated puerarin can inhibit the receptor-operated calcium channel and voltage-dependent calcium channel, and it's vasodilator may be related to blood vessel endothelium.

  17. Malignant tumors of Stensen's duct.

    Steiner, M; Gould, A R; Miller, R L; Johnson, J A


    A rare case of squamous cell carcinoma arising in Stensen's duct is reported. The literature concerning malignant neoplasia originating in this site is reviewed, with attention given to the histopathologic diversity of neoplasms occurring in the duct, criteria for determination of origin in the duct, and outcomes of therapy.

  18. Isolated Pancreatic Uncinate Duct IPMN.

    Maker, Ajay V; Maker, Vijay K


    The ventral pancreas originally forms as an evagination of the common bile duct at 32 days gestation and its duct, the uncinate duct, eventually rotates with the ventral anlage to join the dorsal pancreas and fuse with the main pancreatic duct. Thus, though often considered a "branch" duct of the pancreas, embryologically, the uncinate duct is the "main" pancreatic duct of the ventral pancreas. This concept is not fully addressed in the current definitions of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms of the pancreas (IPMN) where international consensus guidelines consider the main-duct IPMN as high risk for malignancy and most small branch-duct IPMN as low risk for malignancy. Thus, it is important to recognize that isolated uncinate-duct IPMN can occur and, based on its embryologic origin and increased association with high-grade dysplasia and invasive cancer, may be managed conceptually as a main duct type of disease rather than a branch duct until better biomarkers of malignancy are discovered. The images provide an example of this unique disease process.

  19. Histological changes in atrophy of the rat parotid gland after duct-ligation%大鼠腮腺主导管结扎损伤诱导腺体萎缩的组织学变化

    卢浩; 张赐童; 柳康; 孙宾; 刘麒麟; 张伟


    目的:研究大鼠腮腺主导管结扎损伤诱导腺体萎缩的组织学变化规律。方法:建立54只Wistar大鼠右侧腮腺主导管结扎损伤诱导腺体萎缩的动物模型,分别于结扎术后0、1、3、7、14和30天获取各组腮腺组织,阿新蓝—过碘酸雪夫(AB-PAS)特染检测腺小叶内酶原颗粒变化,马松三色(Masson)特染检测腺小叶内纤维结缔组织变化,免疫组织化学法检测腺体内半胱氨酸天冬氨酸蛋白水解酶3(Caspase3)和增殖细胞核抗原(Ki-67)的表达。结果:主导管结扎后, AB-PAS/Masson观察见导管结扎后腺泡细胞萎缩、消失,酶原颗粒减少,腺小叶内纤维结缔组织逐渐增多;免疫组织化学染色示Caspase3在主导管结扎7d组达峰值; Ki-67在主导管结扎3d组达峰值。各实验组间Caspase3及Ki-67表达水平差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:腮腺主导管结扎后可促使腺泡细胞萎缩、凋亡,分泌功能丧失,腺体逐渐纤维化,从而可避免腮腺区域切除术后涎瘘等并发症的发生。%Objective:To investigate the histological changes in atrophy of the rat parotid gland after duct-ligation. Methods:The excretory ducts were double-ligated with silk suture unilaterally to induce atrophy of the parotid glands of Wistar rats for either 0,1,3 ,7,14 or 30 days respectively. The gland were harvested and examined with AB-PAS and Masson staining. Caspase3 and Ki-67 immunohistochemistries were detected.Results:After duct ligation, the vast majority of acinar cells and the zymogen granules were vanished identified by AB-PAS staining accompanied by increased collagenous fibers. Caspase3 and Ki-67 positive cells were found occasionally in the sham operation group, but were extensively found during the atrophy of parotid glands. The expressions of Caspase3 and Ki-67 positive cells were statistically different between the two groups(P<0.05).Conclusion:During atrophy of the parotid gland

  20. Cornice Duct System

    Wayne Place; Chuck Ladd


    SYNERGETICS, INC., has designed, developed, and tested an air handling duct system that integrates the air duct with the cornice trim of interior spaces. The device has the advantage that the normal thermal losses from ducts into unconditioned attics and crawl spaces can be totally eliminated by bringing the ducts internal to the conditioned space. The following report details work conducted in the second budget period to develop the Cornice Duct System into a viable product for use in a variety of residential or small commercial building settings. A full-scale prototype has been fabricated and tested in a laboratory test building at the Daylighting Facility at North Carolina State University., Based on the results of that testing, the prototype design as been refined, fabricated, installed, and extensively tested in a residential laboratory house. The testing indicates that the device gives substantially superior performance to a standard air distribution system in terms of energy performance and thermal comfort. Patent Number US 6,511,373 B2 has been granted on the version of the device installed and tested in the laboratory house. (A copy of that patent is attached.) Refinements to the device have been carried through two additional design iterations, with a particular focus on reducing installation time and cost and refining the air control system. These new designs have been fabricated and tested and show substantial promise. Based on these design and testing iterations, a final design is proposed as part of this document. That final design is the basis for a continuation in part currently being filed with the U.5, Patent office.

  1. Effects of cigarette smoking on vasoconstriction and vasodilatation of thoracic aorta in rats%烟草烟雾对离体大鼠胸主动脉舒缩功能的影响

    任志霞; 张海涛; 刘朝中; 谈诚; 黄丛春; 张涛


    目的 观察烟草烟雾对大鼠离体胸主动脉环张力的影响,并探讨其作用机制.方法 建立大鼠吸烟模型,采用离体胸主动脉环灌流装置,观察短期大量吸烟(SS)、中期大量吸烟(MS)及长期大量吸烟(LS)对氯化钾(KCl)、苯肾上腺素(PE)诱导血管收缩的作用,以及对乙酰胆碱(Ach)舒张血管环的影响,同时观察N-硝基-L-精氨酸甲酯(L-NAME)预处理对PE收缩血管作用的影响,采用Griess法测定各干预组血管环一氧化氮(NO)含量.结果 与对照(CON)组相比,MS组、LS组胸主动脉对KCl及PE的收缩反应明显增强(P<0.05),对Ach舒张反应明显降低(P<0.05),血管NO含量显著降低,并且其作用强度与吸烟时间呈正比;血管环对KCl和PE最高浓度的收缩反应与NO的含量呈负相关.结论 烟雾熏吸可使大鼠离体胸主动脉环收缩功能增强,内皮依赖性舒张功能减弱,血管功能的改变可能与NO含量的变化有关.%Objective To investigate the effect of tension of thoracic aortas in smoking rats, and to explore its mechanism. Methods Rats models of smoking were established, and isolated rat thoracic aortic perfusion apparatus were used. Effects of short-term heavy smoking( SS ), medium term heavy smoking( MS )and long-term heavy smoking( LS )on vasoconstriction induced by KCl, phenephrine( PE ) were observed. as well as aceylcholine( Ach ) on relaxation of vessel rings. The roles of preconditioning with NG-Nitro-L-Arginine Methyl Ester ( L-NAME ) on contraction by PE were also evaluated. Nitric oxide ( NO ) content in vessel rings of intervention group was measured with Criess method. Results Compared with control( CON ) group, the contractile response of thoracic aortas which induced by KCl or PE increased significantly in LS group and MS group( P<0. 05 ), in addition , the relative relaxation response induced by Ach and serum NO content decreased significantly in LS group and MS group( P < 0. 05 ) , vasoconstriction which

  2. 14 CFR 25.1103 - Induction system ducts and air duct systems.


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Induction system ducts and air duct systems....1103 Induction system ducts and air duct systems. (a) Each induction system duct upstream of the first... auxiliary power unit bleed air duct systems, no hazard may result if a duct failure occurs at any...

  3. The antiproliferative drug doxorubicin inhibits liver fibrosis in bile duct-ligated rats and can be selectively delivered to hepatic stellate cells in vivo

    Greupink, R; Bakker, HI; Bouma, W; Reker-Smit, C; Meijer, DKF; Beljaars, L; Poelstra, K

    Hepatic stellate cell (HSC) proliferation is a key event in liver fibrosis; therefore, pharmacological intervention with antiproliferative drugs may result in antifibrotic effects. In this article, the antiproliferative effect of three cytostatic drugs was tested in cultured rat HSC. Subsequently,


    Huan-RueiShiu; Feng-ChuOu; Sih-LiChen


    A new 3C duct design method is proposed for designing a high quality, energy-efficiency cost-effective air duct system. It not only considers the demand of volume flow rate, but also takes into consideration a number of issues including system pressure balance, noise, vibration, space limitation and total system cost. This new method comprises three major calculation procedures:initial computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided simulation (CAS) and correction processes (CP). An example is presented in this study to understand the characteristics of 3C method. It shows that 3C duct design method provides a simple computation procedure for an optimum air duct system. It also shortens the design schedule, prevents human calculation errors, and reduces the dependence on designer experience. In addition to apply in a new duct system design, 3C duct design method is also a powerful design tool for the expansion of an existing duct system.

  5. Salivary duct carcinoma

    Breinholt, Helle; Elhakim, Mohammad Talal; Godballe, Christian;


    1990 to 2005 were identified. Histological slides were reviewed, and data concerning demographics, tumour site, clinical stage, treatment profiles and follow-up were retrieved. Survival estimates and prognostic factors were evaluated by comparing Kaplan-Meier plots using the Mantel-Haenszel log......-rank test. RESULTS: Salivary duct carcinoma showed an incidence of 0.04/100.000 inhabitants/year. Distant recurrence was seen in 52% of patients. Five-year overall survival, disease-specific survival and recurrence-free survival were 32%, 42% and 35%, respectively. Univariate analyses suggested that overall...... stage (III/IV) and vascular invasion have a negative impact on all survival measures. Involved resection margins correlated with a poorer overall survival and disease-specific survival, whereas adjuvant radiotherapy improved overall survival and recurrence-free survival. CONCLUSIONS: Salivary duct...

  6. A natação forçada induz subsensibilidade à fenilefrina em aorta torácica de rato Forced-swim induces subsensitivity to phenylephrine in the rat thoracic aorta

    Maria José C. Sampaio Moura


    Full Text Available O estresse pode alterar a função vascular. O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar a sensibilidade à fenilefrina (FE em aorta torácica de ratos submetidos à natação forçada. Ratos Wistar (200-250 g foram submetidos a três sessões de natação aplicadas em dias consecutivos (15, 30 e 30 min respectivamente. Imediatamente após a última sessão, os animais foram sacrificados e, da aorta torácica foram obtidos anéis (3-5 mm com e sem endotélio. Os anéis foram mantidos em solução de Krebs-Henseleit (37 ºC; 95% O2-5% CO2. A integridade do endotélio foi avaliada pelo relaxamento em resposta à acetilcolina (10 µM, após indução de contração por FE (0,1 µM. Curvas concentração-efeito à FE foram obtidas (n=5/grupo. Não houve diferença na resposta máxima à FE entre os tratamentos controle e estresse, em anéis com e sem endotélio (p>0,05. A natação forçada induziu subsensibilidade à FE em anéis com endotélio de aorta torácica isolada de ratos submetidos à natação (pD2= 6,89 ± 0,07, pStress may change vascular function. The aim of this report was to study the sensitivity to phenylephrine (PHE in the thoracic aorta from rats submitted to forced-swim. Male Wistar rats (200-250 g were submitted to three swimming sessions, one session/day (15, 30 and 30 min, respectively. Immediately after the last swimming session, the animals were sacrificed and thoracic aorta was isolated. Aortic rings (3-5 mm, with and without endothelium, were carefully obtained and were main-tained in Krebs-Henseleit solution (95% O2- 5% CO2, 37 ºC. Endothelial integrity was assessed by relaxation to acetylcholine (10 µM in pre-contracted rings (PHE 0.1 µM. Concentration-effect curves to PHE were obtained (n = 5/group. There was no difference between control and stress groups in the maximum response to PHE of aortic rings with and without endothelium (p>0.05. Forced-swim induced subsensitivity to PHE in aortic rings with endothelium isolated

  7. Caspase-3活性改变对胆道梗阻大鼠中性粒细胞凋亡的影响%Altered caspase-3 activity results in delayed polymorphonuclear neutrophil apoptosis in rats with bile duct obstruction

    邓雪松; 倪勇; 王成友; 詹勇强; 韩庆; 周尤星


    Objective To investigate the underlying mechanisms involved in the alteration of caspase - 3 activity on peripheral polymorphonuclear neutrophil( PMN ) apoptosis in rats with bile duct obstruction( BDO ). Methods 54 SD adult rats were divided into three groups at random: normal rats termed Group A, other rats underwent either sham - ligated operation or bile duct obstruction termed Group B or Group C. Subsequently, Group B and Group C were randomly separated into subgroups of day 1,3,7, and 10. Blood samples were collected , PMN apoptosis was evaluated by flow cytometry and caspase - 3 activity was detected by fluorescence staining. Results Group C displayed significantly decreased apoptosis of PMN from day l( 54. 34 ± 2. 35 ) to day 10( 36. 01 ± 2. 11 ), as well as attenuated activity of caspase - 3 on PMN from day l( 52. 33 ± 2. 35 ) to day 10( 34. 14 ± 3. 63 ), when compared to group A( 65. 53 ± 2. 25 ), ( 60. 58 ± 5. 35 ) and each subgroup B( P <0. 01 ). Conclusion BDO rats reveal attenuated activity of caspase - 3 , which take part in regulation on PMN apoptosis process. Delayed PMN apoptosis may contribute to the excessive inflammation and severe septic complications, which plays an important role in the initiation and development of obstructive jaundice.%目的 探讨半胱天冬酶-3(Caspase-3)活性的改变对胆道梗阻(BDO)大鼠外周血中性粒细胞(PMN)凋亡的影响.方法 54只SD大鼠随机分为正常组(A组)、假手术组(B组)和胆总管结扎组(C组),B、C组术后又分为1、3、7、10 d等4个时相,每个时相6只.留取血样标本分离PMN,应用流式细胞仪检测PMN凋亡率,采用荧光分光光度法检测Caspase-3活性.结果 C组PMN凋亡率从术后1 d的54.34±2.35降至10 d的36.01±2.11,低于A组(65.53±2.25)及B组相应时相,P<0.05;Caspase-3活性从术后1 d的52.33±2.35逐步下降至10 d的34.14±3.63,低于A组(60.58±5.35)及B组相应时相,(P<0.05).结论 BDO大鼠外周血Caspase-3活性降低,

  8. Thoracic ectopia cordis.

    Shad, Jimmy; Budhwani, Keshav; Biswas, Rakesh


    Ectopia cordis is defined as complete or partial displacement of the heart outside the thoracic cavity. It is a rare congenital defect in fusion of the anterior chest wall resulting in extra thoracic location of the heart. Its estimated prevalence is 5.5-7.9 per million live births. The authors had one such case of a 15-h-old full-term male neonate weighing 2.25 kg with an externally visible, beating heart over the chest wall. The neonate had difficulty in respiration with peripheral cyanosis. Patient died of cardiorespiratory arrest before any surgical intervention could be undertaken inspite of best possible resuscitative measures.

  9. Complete thoracic ectopia cordis.

    Alphonso, N; Venugopal, P S; Deshpande, R; Anderson, D


    Thoracic ectopia cordis is a rare congenital defect with very few reported survivors after surgical correction. We report a case of complete thoracic ectopia cordis with double outlet right ventricle. The diagnosis was established antenatally and a repair was undertaken soon after birth. The child remained stable and was extubated on the fifth post-operative day. Forty-eight hours later the child succumbed to an unexplained respiratory arrest. Also presented is a review of the different surgical strategies for this unusual condition.

  10. Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Julie Freischlag


    Full Text Available The diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome was once debated in the world of vascular surgery. Today, it is more understood and surprisingly less infrequent than once thought. Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS is composed of three types: neurogenic, venous, and arterial. Each type is in distinction to the others when considering patient presentation and diagnosis. Remarkable advances have been made in surgical approach, physical therapy, and rehabilitation of these patients. Dedicated centers of excellence with multidisciplinary teams have been developed and continue to lead the way in future research.

  11. Procollagen type I N-terminal propeptide (PINP) is a marker for fibrogenesis in bile duct ligation-induced fibrosis in rats

    Veidal, Sanne Skovgård; Vassiliadis, Efstathios; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine


    ligation (BDL) in rats. METHODS: BDL was performed on 30 female Sprague-Dawley rats aged 6 months, and sham operations on 30 controls. Animals were killed after 14, 28, or 35 days. The extent of liver fibrosis was evaluated by quantitative histology after Sirus Red staining. Levels of serum PINP...... and osteocalcin (a marker solely for osteoblastic bone formation) were determined using ELISA at baseline and post termination. RESULTS: Collagen formation increased by 30% compared to 3% in sham-operated animals (P

  12. Drastic decrease in isoflurane minimum alveolar concentration and limb movement forces after thoracic spinal cooling and chronic spinal transection in rats.

    Jinks, Steven L; Dominguez, Carmen L; Antognini, Joseph F


    Individuals with spinal cord injury may undergo multiple surgical procedures; however, it is not clear how spinal cord injury affects anesthetic requirements and movement force under anesthesia during both acute and chronic stages of the injury. The authors determined the isoflurane minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) necessary to block movement in response to supramaximal noxious stimulation, as well as tail-flick and hind paw withdrawal latencies, before and up to 28 days after thoracic spinal transection. Tail-flick and hind paw withdrawal latencies were measured in the awake state to test for the presence of spinal shock or hyperreflexia. The authors measured limb forces elicited by noxious mechanical stimulation of a paw or the tail at 28 days after transection. Limb force experiments were also conducted in other animals that received a reversible spinal conduction block by cooling the spinal cord at the level of the eighth thoracic vertebra. A large decrease in MAC (to Awake tail-flick and hind paw withdrawal latencies were facilitated or unchanged, whereas reflex latencies under isoflurane were depressed or absent. However, at 80-90% of MAC, noxious stimulation of the hind paw elicited ipsilateral limb withdrawals in all animals. Hind limb forces were reduced (by >/= 90%) in both chronic and acute cold-block spinal animals. The immobilizing potency of isoflurane increases substantially after spinal transection, despite the absence of a baseline motor depression, or "spinal shock." Therefore, isoflurane MAC is determined by a spinal depressant action, possibly counteracted by a supraspinal facilitatory action. The partial recovery in MAC at later time points suggests that neuronal plasticity after spinal cord injury influences anesthetic requirements.




    Objective. To investigate the unique characteristics and treatment of thoracic spine fractures.Methods. Severty-seven patients with thoracic spine fractures were retrospectively reviewed. Of these, therewere 37 compressior fractures, 34 fracture-dislocations, 3 burst fractures and 3 burst-dislocations. Twenty-six pa-tients had a complete lesion of the spinal cord, 14 sustained a neurologically incomplete injury, and 37 wereneurologically intact. Fifty-three patients were treated nonoperatively and 24 treated operatively.Results. All patients were followed up for 2 ~ 15 years. None of the 26 patients with a complete lesion recov-ered any significant function. Of 37 neurologically intact patients, 13 had local pain although all of them re-mained normal function. Two of 14 patients with incomplete paraplegia returned to normal, 7 recovered some func-tion and 5 did not recovered.Conclusions. E ecause of the unique anatomy and biomechanics of the thoracic spine, the classification common-ly applied to thoracolumbar fractures is not suitable for thoracic fractures. Fusion and instrumentation are indicat-ed when the fractures are unstable, while patients with incomplete lesion of the spinal cord may be the candidatesfor supplemented decompression.

  14. Asymptomatic common bile duct stones.

    Rosseland, A R; Glomsaker, T B


    Patients with asymptomatic bile duct stones exhibit typical signs, such as elevated liver function tests, dilated bile ducts on ultrasound, a history of jaundice, or pancreatitis. The incidence of asymptomatic bile duct stones is about 10%, but up to 2% of patients show no signs of the disease. Bile duct stones can be diagnosed by using clinical judgement, scoring systems, or discriminant function tests. Which diagnostic modality is most reliable, cost-effective and safe, varies with different hospitals. Which therapy is most effective, safe and the cheapest also varies with different departments, but in the future an increasing number of departments will use the one-stage laparoscopic approach.

  15. Noise reduction of spiral ducts.

    Lapka, Wojciech; Cempel, Czesław


    The paper presents noise reduction (NR) of spiral ducts as a result of computational modeling of acoustic wave propagation. Three-dimensional models were created with the finite element method in COMSOL Multiphysics version 3.3. Nine models of spiral ducts with 1-9 spiral leads were considered. Time-harmonic analysis was used to predict NR, which was shown in spectral and interval frequency bands. Spiral duct performance can be seen as a comparison of NR before and after a change from a circular to a spiral duct.

  16. Stopping duct quacks: Longevity of residential duct sealants

    Sherman, Max H.; Walker, Iain S.; Dickerhoff, Darryl J.


    Duct leakage has been identified as a major source of energy loss in residential buildings. Most duct leakage occurs at the connections to registers, plenums or branches in the duct system. At each of these connections a method of sealing the duct system is required. Typical sealing methods include tapes or mastics applied around the joints in the system. Field examinations of duct systems have shown that these seals tend to fail over time periods ranging from days to years. We have used several test methods over the last few years to evaluate the longevity of duct sealants when subjected to temperatures and pressures representative of those found in the field. Traditional cloth duct tapes have been found to significantly under-perform other sealants and have been banned from receiving duct tightness credits in California's energy code (California Energy Commission 1998). Our accelerated testing apparatus has been redesigned since its first usage for improved performance. The methodology is currently under consideration by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as a potential new test method. This report will summarize the set of measurements to date, review the status of the test apparatus and test method, and summarize the applications of these results to codes and standards.

  17. Propagation of sound waves in ducts

    Jacobsen, Finn


    Plane wave propagation in ducts with rigid walls, radiation from ducts, classical four-pole theory for composite duct systems, and three-dimentional waves in wave guides of various cross-sectional shape are described....

  18. Surgery for Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer

    ... Situation Bile Duct Cancer Treating Bile Duct Cancer Surgery for Bile Duct Cancer There are 2 general ... also help plan the operation to remove it. Surgery for resectable cancers For resectable cancers, the type ...

  19. Effect of Thoracic Stretching, Thoracic Extension Exercise and Exercises for Cervical and Scapular Posture on Thoracic Kyphosis Angle and Upper Thoracic Pain

    Yoo, Won-gyu


    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of thoracic stretching, a thoracic extension exercise and exercises for cervical and scapular posture on thoracic kyphosis angle and upper thoracic pain. [Subject] A 36-year-old male, who complained of upper thoracic pain at the T1–4 level with forward head and round shoulders, was the subject. [Methods] He performed thoracic stretching (session 1), a thoracic extension exercise (session 2), and muscle exercises for cervical an...

  20. Characterization of In Vitro Release of Neurochemicals from the Intermediate Area of the Rat Thoracic Spinal Cord: Regulation by Coexisting Neurochemical and Presynaptic Autoreceptors


    central canal ( CUello and Kanazawa, 1978) and these IML SP-IR nerve terminals originate from the VM (Charlton and Helke, 1987; Helke at al., 1982) as...Pharmacol. Ther. 47:181-202. Cuello , A.C. and Kanazawa, I. (1978) The distribution of substance P immunoreactive fibers in the rat central nervous system

  1. Propagation of sound waves in ducts

    Jacobsen, Finn


    Plane wave propagation in ducts with rigid walls, radiation from ducts, classical four-pole theory for composite duct systems, and three-dimentional waves in wave guides of various cross-sectional shape are described.......Plane wave propagation in ducts with rigid walls, radiation from ducts, classical four-pole theory for composite duct systems, and three-dimentional waves in wave guides of various cross-sectional shape are described....

  2. Sound propagation through nonuniform ducts

    Nayfeh, A. H.


    Methods of determining the transmission and attenuation of sound propagating in nonuniform ducts with and without mean flows are discussed. The approaches reviewed include purely numerical techniques, quasi-one-dimensional approximations, solutions for slowly varying cross sections, solutions for weak wall undulations, approximation of the duct by a series of stepped uniform cross sections, variational methods and solutions for the mode envelopes.

  3. Intrahepatic Transposition of Bile Ducts

    Delić, Jasmin; Savković, Admedina; Isaković, Eldar; Marković, Sergije; Bajtarevic, Alma; Denjalić, Amir


    Objective. To describe the intrahepatic bile duct transposition (anatomical variation occurring in intrahepatic ducts) and to determine the frequency of this variation. Material and Methods. The researches were performed randomly on 100 livers of adults, both sexes. Main research methods were anatomical macrodissection. As a criterion for determination of variations in some parts of bile tree, we used the classification of Segmentatio hepatis according to Couinaud (1957) according to Terminologia Anatomica, Thieme Stuugart: Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology, 1988. Results. Intrahepatic transposition of bile ducts was found in two cases (2%), out of total examined cases (100): right-left transposition (right segmental bile duct, originating from the segment VIII, joins the left liver duct-ductus hepaticus sinister) and left-right intrahepatic transposition (left segmental bile duct originating from the segment IV ends in right liver duct-ductus hepaticus dexter). Conclusion. Safety and success in liver transplantation to great extent depends on knowledge of anatomy and some common embryological anomalies in bile tree. Variations in bile tree were found in 24–43% of cases, out of which 1–22% are the variations of intrahepatic bile ducts. Therefore, good knowledge on ductal anatomy enables good planning, safe performance of therapeutic and operative procedures, and decreases the risk of intraoperative and postoperative complications. PMID:22550601

  4. Managment of thoracic empyema.

    Sherman, M M; Subramanian, V; Berger, R L


    Over a ten year period, 102 patients with thoracic empyemata were treated at Boston City Hospital. Only three patients died from the pleural infection while twenty-six succumbed to the associated diseases. Priniciples of management include: (1) thoracentesis; (2) antibiotics; (3) closed-tube thoracostomy; (4) sinogram; (5) open drainage; (6) empyemectomy and decortication in selected patients; and (7) bronchoscopy and barium swallow when the etiology is uncertain.

  5. Thoracic textilomas: CT findings

    Machado, Dianne Melo; Zanetti, Glaucia; Araujo Neto, Cesar Augusto; Nobre, Luiz Felipe; Meirelles, Gustavo de Souza Portes; Silva, Jorge Luiz Pereira e; Guimaraes, Marcos Duarte; Escuissato, Dante Luiz; Souza Junior, Arthur Soares; Hochhegger, Bruno; Marchiori, Edson, E-mail: [Hospital Universitario Antonio Pedro (HUAP/UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)


    Objective: the aim of this study was to analyze chest CT scans of patients with thoracic textiloma. Methods: this was a retrospective study of 16 patients (11 men and 5 women) with surgically confirmed thoracic textiloma. The chest CT scans of those patients were evaluated by two independent observers, and discordant results were resolved by consensus. Results: the majority (62.5%) of the textilomas were caused by previous heart surgery. The most common symptoms were chest pain (in 68.75%) and cough (in 56.25%). In all cases, the main tomographic finding was a mass with regular contours and borders that were well-defined or partially defined. Half of the textilomas occurred in the right hemithorax and half occurred in the left. The majority (56.25%) were located in the lower third of the lung. The diameter of the mass was ≤ 10 cm in 10 cases (62.5%) and > 10 cm in the remaining 6 cases (37.5%). Most (81.25%) of the textilomas were heterogeneous in density, with signs of calcification, gas, radiopaque marker, or sponge-like material. Peripheral expansion of the mass was observed in 12 (92.3%) of the 13 patients in whom a contrast agent was used. Intraoperatively, pleural involvement was observed in 14 cases (87.5%) and pericardial involvement was observed in 2 (12.5%). Conclusions: it is important to recognize the main tomographic aspects of thoracic textilomas in order to include this possibility in the differential diagnosis of chest pain and cough in patients with a history of heart or thoracic surgery, thus promoting the early identification and treatment of this postoperative complication. (author)

  6. [Thoracic actinomycosis: three cases].

    Herrak, L; Msougar, Y; Ouadnouni, Y; Bouchikh, M; Benosmane, A


    Actinomycosis is a rare condition which, in the thoracic localisation, can mimic cancer or tuberculosis. We report a series of three case of thoracic actinomycosis treated in the Ibn Sina University Thoracic Surgery Unit in Rabat, Morocco. CASE N degrees 1: This 45-year-old patient presented a tumefaction on the left anterior aspect of the chest. Physical examination identified a parietal mass with fistulisation to the skin. Radiography demonstrated a left pulmonary mass. Transparietal puncture led to the pathological diagnosis of actinomycosis. The patient was given medical treatment and improved clinically and radiographically. CASE N degrees 2: This 68-year-old patient presented repeated episodes of hemoptysis. The chest x-ray revealed atelectasia of the middle lobe and bronchial fibroscopy demonstrated the presence of a bud in the middle lobar bronchus. Biopsies were negative. The patient underwent surgery and the histology examination of the operative specimen revealed pulmonary actinomycosis. The patient recovered well clinically and radiographically with antibiotic therapy. CASE N degrees 3: This 56-year-old patient presented cough and hemoptysis. Physical examination revealed a left condensation and destruction of the left lung was noted on the chest x-ray. Left pleuropulmonectomy was performed. Histological analysis of the surgical specimen identified associated Aspergillus and Actinomyces. The outcome was favorable with medical treatment. The purpose of this work was to recall the radiological, clinical, histological, therapeutic, outcome aspects of this condition and to relate the problems of differential diagnosis when can suggest other diseases.

  7. Midazolam dilates rat thoracic aortic rings ex vivo: a mechanistic study%咪达唑仑舒张大鼠离体胸主动脉环的机制研究

    郑晓俊; 胡志强


    目的 观察咪达唑仑对大鼠离体胸主动脉环张力的影响,并探讨其作用机制.方法 采用离体血管张力试验方法,观察咪达唑仑在3×10-6,1×10-5,3×10-5,1×10-4 mol/L浓度时,对去甲肾上腺素(NE,1×10-6 mol/L)诱发大鼠离体胸主动脉环收缩的影响.观察内皮细胞型一氧化氮合酶(eNOS)抑制剂左旋硝基精氨酸甲酯(L-NAME,1×10-4 mol/L)、一氧化氮供体L-精氨酸(L-Arg,1×10-5 mol/L)、特异性钙非依赖可诱导型(iNOS)抑制剂N-3-氨甲基-苄基-乙酰氨(1400W,1×10-5 mol/L)对咪达唑仑作用的影响,以及咪达唑仑对血管环外钙依赖性收缩和内钙依赖性收缩的影响.结果 以上浓度的咪达唑仑对NE预收缩的大鼠离体胸主动脉环有舒张作用.用L-NAME、L-NAME合用L-Arg预处理的血管环对咪达唑仑的舒张反应与未经处理时比较,差异有统计学意义(P0.05).1×10-4 mol/L的咪达唑仑可明显抑制血管环外钙依赖性收缩和内钙依赖性收缩(P<0.05).结论 咪达唑仑对大鼠胸主动脉环具有浓度依赖性的舒张作用,其舒张反应可能与内皮产生的一氧化氮有关,通过抑制外钙内流和内钙释放发挥舒张作用.%Objective To study the effects of midazolam on isolated thoracic aorta rings of rats and the mechanism by which it works.Methods The ex-vivo vascular tone test was used to observe the effects of midazolam (3×10-6mol/L, 1×10-5 mol/L, 3×10-5 mol/L and 1×10-4 mol/L) on norepinphrine-contracted (NE, 1×10-6 mol/L) isolated thoracic aorta rings of rats.The effects of NOS inhibitor L-NAME (1 ×10-4 mol/L), NO precursor L-Arg (1×10-5 mol/L), specific NOS inhibitor 1400W (1×10-5 mol/L) on midazolam, and effect of midazolam on the extracellular Ca2+-dependent contraction and intracellular Ca2+-dependent contractions were studied.Results At the above mentioned concentrations,midazolam was shown to dilate the isolated thoracic aortic rings of rats.Compared with no pre-contraction, effects

  8. Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration.

    Stoker, M E; Leveillee, R J; McCann, J C; Maini, B S


    Operative common bile duct exploration, performed in conjunction with cholecystectomy, has been considered the treatment of choice for choledocholithiasis in the presence of an intact gallbladder. With the advent of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the management of common bile duct stones has been affected. More emphasis is being placed on endoscopic sphincterotomy and options other than operative common duct exploration. Because of this increasing demand, we have developed a new technique for laparoscopic common bile duct exploration performed in the same operative setting as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. A series of five patients who successfully underwent common bile duct exploration, flexible choledochoscopy with stone extraction, and T-tube drainage, all using laparoscopic technique, is reported. Mean postoperative length of hospital stay was 4.6 days. Outpatient T-tube cholangiography was performed in all cases and revealed normal ductal anatomy with no retained stones. Follow-up ranged from 6 weeks to 4 months, and all patients were asymptomatic and had normal liver function tests.

  9. Ascariasis of the pancreatic duct.

    Klimovskij, Michail; Dulskas, Audrius; Kraulyte, Zita; Mikalauskas, Saulius


    Ascariasis is a common helminthic disease worldwide, although Lithuania and other European countries are not considered endemic areas. The presence of the Ascaris worm in the biliary tree causes choledocholithiasis-like symptoms. We report a case of pancreatic duct ascariasis causing such symptoms. A 73-year-old Lithuanian woman underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) suspecting choledocholithiasis. Contrast injection into the common bile duct demonstrated a slightly dilated biliary tree without any filling defects, and the tail of an Ascaris worm protruding from the opening of the papilla Vater. The worm was captured by a snare but escaped deep into the duct. After a small wirsungotomy the worm was retrieved from the pancreatic duct. The patient received a 150 mg dose of levamisole orally repeated 7 days later and was discharged after complete resolution of symptoms. This first reported sporadic case of pancreatic duct ascariasis in Lithuania was successfully treated with ERCP and Levamisole.

  10. Vasodilative Action of Combinations of Hypotensive Components of Traditional Chinese Medicines on Rat Isolated Thoracic Aorta%降压中药有效组分配伍对离体大鼠胸主动脉环的舒张作用

    许激扬; 张映桥; 卞筱泓; 余涛; 许建良; 李兰娥


    Objective; To investigate the vasodilative action of gastrodin, baicalin, tetramethylpyrazine, puerarin and their combinations on rat thoracic aorta, and to select the best combination of hypotensive components. Method: The rat thoracic aorta was taken as specimen and the vasodilative action of single components and their combinations on rat thoracic aorta which was pre-constricted with NE was tested. Result; Gastrodin, baicalin, tetramethylpyrazine and puerarin exerted a dose-dependent vasodilative action on rat isolated thoracic aorta rings. The results of orthogonal optimization experiment showed that the best combination including gastrodin (0. 64 g·L-1 ) , baicalin (0. 12 g·L-1) , tetramethylpyrazine (0. 32 g·L-1 ) and puerarin (0. 64 g·L-1 ) presented more obvious contraction than any single component. And the vasodilatation rate was 89. 37%. Conclusion; The above components and their combination have vasodilative action on the NE pre-constricted rat thoracic aorta, but the effect of latter is stronger than the former.%目的:研究天麻素、黄芩苷、川芎嗪、葛根素4种中药有效单体及其组合对大鼠胸主动脉的舒张作用,筛选出最佳组合.方法:以大鼠胸主动脉环为标本,观察单组分及组合物对去甲肾上腺素(NE)预收缩的血管舒张作用.结果:天麻素、黄芩苷、川芎嗪、葛根素单体存在浓度依赖性的舒张血管效应.正交实验结果显示天麻素(0.64 g·L-1)、黄芩苷(0.12 g·L-1)、川芎嗪(0.32 g·L-1)、葛根素(0.64 g·L-1)是最优组合,舒张率达到89.37%.结论:单组分及组合物对NE预收缩的大鼠胸主动脉均具有舒张作用,组合配伍强于单组分.

  11. Key Questions in Thoracic Surgery

    Subotic, Dragan R.


    This 1000-page textbook encompasses much more than the title suggests. In fact, the title “Key questions in thoracic surgery and pulmonology” would be more fitting. The specific format of the book, with precise questions and evidence-based, but equally clear answers covering all relevant fields of pulmonology and thoracic surgery, makes this 40-chapter book a “must read” not only for residents, but also for senior pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons.

  12. Determination of Effective Thoracic Mass

    Jeffrey H. Marcus


    Full Text Available Effective thoracic mass is an important parameter in specifying mathematical and mechanical models (such as crash dummies of humans exposed to impact conditions. A method is developed using a numerical optimizer to determine effective thoracic mass (and mass distribution given a number of acceleration signals and a force signal response. Utilizing previously reported lateral and frontal impact tests with human cadaveric test specimens in a number of different conditions, the effective thoracic mass is computed. The effective thoracic masses are then computed for a variety of crash dummies exposed to identical test conditions.

  13. PMR Graphite Engine Duct Development

    Stotler, C. L.; Yokel, S. A.


    The objective was to demonstrate the cost and weight advantages that could be obtained by utilizing the graphite/PMR15 material system to replace titanium in selected turbofan engine applications. The first component to be selected as a basis for evaluation was the outer bypass duct of the General Electric F404 engine. The operating environment of this duct was defined and then an extensive mechanical and physical property test program was conducted using material made by processing techniques which were also established by this program. Based on these properties, design concepts to fabricate a composite version of the duct were established and two complete ducts fabricated. One of these ducts was proof pressure tested and then run successfully on a factory test engine for over 1900 hours. The second duct was static tested to 210 percent design limit load without failure. An improved design was then developed which utilized integral composite end flanges. A complete duct was fabricated and successfully proof pressure tested. The net results of this effort showed that a composite version of the outer duct would be 14 percent lighter and 30 percent less expensive that the titanium duct. The other type of structure chosen for investigation was the F404 fan stator assembly, including the fan stator vanes. It was concluded that it was feasible to utilize composite materials for this type structure but that the requirements imposed by replacing an existing metal design resulted in an inefficient composite design. It was concluded that if composites were to be effectively used in this type structure, the design must be tailored for composite application from the outset.

  14. AQP5 is expressed in type-B intercalated cells in the collecting duct system of the rat, mouse and human kidney.

    Procino, Giuseppe; Mastrofrancesco, Lisa; Sallustio, Fabio; Costantino, Vincenzo; Barbieri, Claudia; Pisani, Francesco; Schena, Francesco Paolo; Svelto, Maria; Valenti, Giovanna


    We screened human kidney-derived multipotent CD133+/CD24+ ARPCs for the possible expression of all 13 aquaporin isoforms cloned in humans. Interestingly, we found that ARPCs expressed both AQP5 mRNA and mature protein. This novel finding prompted us to investigate the presence of AQP5 in situ in kidney. We report here the novel finding that AQP5 is expressed in human, rat and mouse kidney at the apical membrane of type-B intercalated cells. AQP5 is expressed in the renal cortex and completely absent from the medulla. Immunocytochemical analysis using segment- and cell type-specific markers unambiguously indicated that AQP5 is expressed throughout the collecting system at the apical membrane of type-B intercalated cells, where it co-localizes with pendrin. No basolateral AQPs were detected in type-B intercalated cells, suggesting that AQP5 is unlikely to be involved in the net trans-epithelial water reabsorption occurring in the distal tubule. An intriguing hypothesis is that AQP5 may serve an osmosensor for the composition of the fluid coming from the thick ascending limb. Future studies will unravel the physiological role of AQP5 in the kidney. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  15. 黄芩苷对离体大鼠胸主动脉的舒张作用及机制%Vasodilation Effect of Baicalin on Rat Isolated Thoracic Aorta and Its Related Mechanism

    卞筱泓; 张映桥; 许激扬; 赵刚刚; 李兰娥; 王旻


    研究黄芩苷对大鼠离体胸主动脉环的舒张作用并探讨其可能的机制.记录去甲肾上腺素(NE)和KCl预收缩的大鼠离体主动脉环张力变化,观察黄芩苷的舒血管作用及不同工具药对其影响.实验发现黄芩苷对NE和KCl引起的去内皮和内皮完整大鼠胸主动脉环的收缩均有舒张作用;L-硝基精氨酸甲酯、亚甲蓝不能抑制黄芩苷对大鼠胸主动脉环的舒张作用,吲哚美辛能显著抑制;钾离子通道阻断剂4-氨基吡啶、四乙基胺、BaCl2不能抑制黄芩苷对胸主动脉环的舒张作用,格列苯脲能抑制黄芩苷的舒张作用;无钙环境下,黄芩苷预处理对NE收缩有明显抑制作用.因此,黄芩苷具有浓度依赖性血管舒张作用,此作用具有内皮依赖性和非内皮依赖性特点,内皮依赖性收缩可能与前列环素途径有关,非内皮依赖机制可能与KATP通道及钙离子通道有关.%To investigate the vasodilation effect of baicalin and its possible mechanism, isotonic tension of thoracic aortic rings precontracted with norepineprine and KC1 was recorded. The vasodilation of baicalin and the influence of various drugs were observed in the rings with endothelium intact or endothelium denuded. Baicalin caused concentration-dependent relaxation in thoracic aortas with or without endothelium. NG-nitro-L-argininemethylester and methylene blue had no effect on the vasodilation of baicalin while thoracic aortas were precontracted by NE,but indomethacin blocked the vascular effect of baicalin. Glibenclamide attenuated the vasodilation effect of baicalin, but 4-aminopyridine, tetraethylamonium and BaCl2 had no significant effect on it. In the absence of extracellular Ca2+ ,pre-incubation of the aortic rings with baicalin reduced significantly the contraction induced by NE. Baicalin induced a dose-dependent, endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent relaxation on rat isolated aorta rings. Moreover, PGI2 pathway might be

  16. Effect of thoracic stretching, thoracic extension exercise and exercises for cervical and scapular posture on thoracic kyphosis angle and upper thoracic pain.

    Yoo, Won-Gyu


    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of thoracic stretching, a thoracic extension exercise and exercises for cervical and scapular posture on thoracic kyphosis angle and upper thoracic pain. [Subject] A 36-year-old male, who complained of upper thoracic pain at the T1-4 level with forward head and round shoulders, was the subject. [Methods] He performed thoracic stretching (session 1), a thoracic extension exercise (session 2), and muscle exercises for cervical and scapular posture (session 3). [Results] The upper thoracic pressure pain threshold increased after session 1, session 2, and session 3. The thoracic kyphosis angle decreased after session 1, session 2, and session 3. [Conclusion] We suggest that intervention for thoracic pain or kyphotic thoracic correction should use not only an approach for extending the thoracic muscles, but also an approach treating muscles in the cervical and scapular region.

  17. 14 CFR 29.1103 - Induction systems ducts and air duct systems.


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Induction systems ducts and air duct systems. 29.1103 Section 29.1103 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF....1103 Induction systems ducts and air duct systems. (a) Each induction system duct upstream of the...

  18. Effect of puerarin on structure and function of thoracic aorta in spontaneously hypertensive rats%葛根素对自发性高血压大鼠胸主动脉结构和功能的影响

    黄帧桧; 张年宝; 崔卫东; 丁伯平


    目的 探讨葛根素对自发性高血压大鼠(SHR)胸主动脉结构和功能的影响及其降压机制.方法 12周龄SHR适应性喂养及血压测量训练1周后,ip给予葛根素25,50和100 mg· kg-1,给药6周.以第1次给药为第1周初,分别于给药前及给药后第2,4和6周测量血压.用硝酸还原酶法检测血清一氧化氮(NO)含量,放免法测量血浆内皮素1(ET-1)含量;HE染色观察胸主动脉形态学改变.制备胸主动脉环,采用累积加药法检测各组动脉环对苯肾上腺素(PE)10-9 ~ 10-5 mol·L-1及乙酰胆碱(ACh) 10-7~10-3 mol·L-1引起的收缩或舒张反应.结果 与对照组WKY大鼠相比,SHR模型组血压升高,ET-1增多,NO减少(P<0.01);血管肌层有大量脂质及纤维组织沉积,内皮边缘粗糙不平滑.与SHR模型组相比,葛根素25,50和100 mg· kg -1组血压分别降低了6.7±1.0,5.1±0.6和(2.2 ±0.3) kPa,差异显著(P<0.05);葛根素100 mg·kg-1组NO含量升高了1倍(P<0.01),ET-1含量降低了(36.3±4.2)%(P<0.05);血管肌层增生及脂质、纤维组织浸润明显好转,内皮也较平滑;降低PE对胸主动脉的收缩程度(P<0.05),增大ACh对胸主动脉的舒张程度(P<0.05).结论 葛根素对SHR具有良好的降压作用.其降压机制可能与其减弱SHR血管肾上腺素受体敏感性、保护血管内皮、增加血管内皮依赖性舒血管作用及纠正血液中血管舒缩因子失衡有关.%OBJECTIVE To observe the effect of puerarin on the relaxing and contracting factors in blood and on structure and function of thoracic artery rings in vitro in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) so as to explore its antihypertensive mechanisms.METHODS After 12-week-old male SHRs were adaptively fed and blood pressure was practically measured for one week,puerarin 25,50,and 100 mg·kg-1 was given intraperitoneally for six weeks.In addition,SHR and WKY control groups were set up.Each group contained 7 rats.The first administration was

  19. Migratory intralaryngeal thyroglossal duct cyst

    Karlatti Pradeep


    Full Text Available Intralaryngeal thyroglossal duct cysts are rare; a migrating one, rarer still. Such a case may be a cause for confusion and it is important to understand this entity and its typical findings.

  20. Thoracic damage control surgery.

    Gonçalves, Roberto; Saad, Roberto


    The damage control surgery came up with the philosophy of applying essential maneuvers to control bleeding and abdominal contamination in trauma patients who are within the limits of their physiological reserves. This concept was extended to thoracic injuries, where relatively simple maneuvers can shorten operative time of in extremis patients. This article aims to revise the various damage control techniques in thoracic organs that must be known to the surgeon engaged in emergency care. RESUMO A cirurgia de controle de danos surgiu com a filosofia de se aplicar manobras essenciais para controle de sangramento e contaminação abdominal, em doentes traumatizados, nos limites de suas reservas fisiológicas. Este conceito se estendeu para as lesões torácicas, onde manobras relativamente simples, podem abreviar o tempo operatório de doentes in extremis. Este artigo tem como objetivo, revisar as diversas técnicas de controle de dano em órgãos torácicos, que devem ser de conhecimento do cirurgião que atua na emergência.




    Two variations on the tests for duct leakage currently embodied in ASHRAE Standard 152P (Method of Test for Determining the Design and Seasonal Efficiencies of Residential Thermal Distribution Systems) are presented. Procedures are derived for calculating supply and return duct leakage to/from outside using these new variations. Results of these tests are compared with the original ones in Standard 152P on the basis of data collected in three New York State homes.

  2. Duct Leakage Repeatability Testing

    Walker, Iain [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Sherman, Max [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Duct leakage often needs to be measured to demonstrate compliance with requirements or to determine energy or Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) impacts. Testing is often done using standards such as ASTM E1554 (ASTM 2013) or California Title 24 (California Energy Commission 2013 & 2013b), but there are several choices of methods available within the accepted standards. Determining which method to use or not use requires an evaluation of those methods in the context of the particular needs. Three factors that are important considerations are the cost of the measurement, the accuracy of the measurement and the repeatability of the measurement. The purpose of this report is to evaluate the repeatability of the three most significant measurement techniques using data from the literature and recently obtained field data. We will also briefly discuss the first two factors. The main question to be answered by this study is to determine if differences in the repeatability of these tests methods is sufficient to indicate that any of these methods is so poor that it should be excluded from consideration as an allowed procedure in codes and standards.

  3. Separate populations of neurons within the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus of the rat project to vagal and thoracic autonomic preganglionic levels and express c-Fos protein induced by lithium chloride.

    Portillo, F; Carrasco, M; Vallo, J J


    The role of different hypothalamic nuclei, particularly the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), in the control of food intake and feeding behaviour is well known. It is also well established that lithium chloride (LiCl) causes various disorders in feeding behaviour. In this study, we analyzed the precise distribution of hypothalamic neurons activated by i.p. LiCl administration (LCA neurons) and compared it to that of hypothalamic neurons which project to autonomic preganglionic levels (HAP neurons). We also analysed the possibility that some neurons belong to both populations of nerve cells. To this end, a multiple-labelling technique, using two retrograde fluorescent tracers together with c-Fos-like immunohistochemistry, was performed. Fast Blue was injected in the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus and Fluorogold (FG) in the thoracic intermedial-lateral cell column, to trace parasympathetic and sympathetic pathways, respectively. LiCl was used as stimulus for c-Fos-like immunohistochemistry. HAP neurons were located mainly in the dorsal, ventral and lateral regions of the parvocellular PVN, while LCA neurons were observed predominantly in the magnocellular region of the PVN rostrally to HAP neurons. A significant number of FG/Fos double-labelled neurons were located in the dorsal parvocellular subnucleus of the PVN (dp) in the LiCl-stimulated rats. We concluded that there is a clear segregation of LCA neurons from HAP neurons within the PVN. The presence of FG/Fos double-labelled neurons in the dp suggests that this nucleus could mediate a sympathetic response after LiCl administration.

  4. The Inhibitory Effect of Astilbin on the Arteriosclerosis of Murine Thoracic Aorta Transplant

    Jinping ZHAO; Ping LI; Yunfeng ZHANG; Xianguo WANG; Qilin AO; Sihai GAO


    The inhibitory effect of astilbin on transplant arteriosclerosis in murine model of thoracic aorta transplantation was examined.Model of rat thoracic aorta transplantation was established.Ninety rats were divided into three groups.In isograft group,the thoracic aorta of Brown Norway (BN) rat was anastomosed with the abdominal aorta of another BN rat.In allograft group,the thoracic aorta of BN rat was anastomosed with the abdominal aorta of Lewis rat.In astilbin group,the rats receiving allo-transplantation were given astiibin 5 mg/kg per day for a time of 28 days.The donor thoracic aorta and the recipient abdominal aorta were anastomosed by means of a polyethylene cannula (inner diameter:1.5 mm,length:3 mm length).The grafts were histologically examined for structural changes.The areas of arterial lumen and endatrium were calculated.Our results showed that,in the allograft group,28 days after aliografting,conspicuous proliferation of smooth muscles and infiltration with a great number of inflammatory cells were found in the tunica intima and tunica media.Astilbin significantly inhibited the proliferation of smooth muscles and ameliorated the infiltration of inflammatory cells thereyby prevent against the development of transplant arteriosclerosis.It is concluded that asltilbin can effectively prevent the development of arteriosclerosis in allotrausplant by inhibiting the proliferation of smooth muscles and inhibit the proliferation of smooth muscles in tunica of intima and media and reducing infiltration of the inflammatory cells.

  5. Effect of vasoactive intestinal peptide, carbachol and other agonists on the membrane voltage of pancreatic duct cells

    Pahl, C; Novak, I


    The regulation of pancreatic exocrine secretion involves hormonal, neural and neurohormonal components. Many agonists are known to be effective in pancreatic acinar cells, but less is known about the ducts. Therefore, we wanted to investigate the influence of various agonists on isolated perfused...... pancreatic ducts and, as a physiological response, we measured the basolateral membrane voltage of the duct cells (Vbl) with microelectrodes. Pancreatic ducts were dissected from pancreas of normal rats and bathed in a HCO(3-)(-containing solution. Under control conditions, the average Vbl was between -50...

  6. Global analysis of the effects of the V2 receptor antagonist satavaptan on protein phosphorylation in collecting duct

    Hoffert, Jason D; Pisitkun, Trairak; Saeed, Fahad; Wilson, Justin L; Knepper, Mark A


    .... To this end, we carried out a global quantitative phosphoproteomic analysis of native rat inner medullary collecting duct cells pretreated with satavaptan or vehicle control followed by the V2...

  7. Immunohistochemical localisation of the voltage gated potassium ion channel subunit Kv3.3 in the rat medulla oblongata and thoracic spinal cord.

    Brooke, Ruth E; Atkinson, Lucy; Edwards, Ian; Parson, Simon H; Deuchars, Jim


    Voltage gated K+ channels (Kv) are a diverse group of channels important in determining neuronal excitability. The Kv superfamily is divided into 12 subfamilies (Kv1-12) and members of the Kv3 subfamily are highly abundant in the CNS, with each Kv3 gene (Kv3.1-Kv3.4) exhibiting a unique expression pattern. Since the localisation of Kv subunits is important in defining the roles they play in neuronal function, we have used immunohistochemistry to determine the distribution of the Kv3.3 subunit in the medulla oblongata and spinal cord of rats. Kv3.3 subunit immunoreactivity (Kv3.3-IR) was widespread but present only in specific cell populations where it could be detected in somata, dendrites and synaptic terminals. Labelled neurones were observed in the spinal cord in laminae IV and V, in the region of the central canal and in the ventral horn. In the medulla oblongata, labelled cell bodies were numerous in the spinal trigeminal, cuneate and gracilis nuclei whilst rarer in the lateral reticular nucleus, hypoglossal nucleus and raphe nucleus. Regions containing autonomic efferent neurones were predominantly devoid of labelling with only occasional labelled neurones being observed. Dual immunohistochemistry revealed that some Kv3.3-IR neurones in the ventral medullary reticular nucleus, spinal trigeminal nucleus, dorsal horn, ventral horn and central canal region were also immunoreactive for the Kv3.1b subunit. The presence of Kv3.3 subunits in terminals was confirmed by co-localisation of Kv3.3-IR with the synaptic vesicle protein SV2, the vesicular glutamate transporter VGluT2 and the glycine transporter GlyT2. Co-localisation of Kv3.3-IR was not observed with VGluT1, tyrosine hydroxylase, serotonin or choline acetyl transferase. Electron microscopy confirmed the presence of Kv3.3-IR in terminals and somatic membranes in ventral horn neurones, but not motoneurones. This study provides evidence supporting a role for Kv3.3 subunits in regulating neuronal excitability

  8. Risk Factors associated with Paraurethral Duct Dilatation following Gonococcal Paraurethral Duct Infection in Men

    Fan, Wenge; Zhang, Qingsong; Wang, Lin; Ye, Xun; Jiang, Tingwang


    No studies have explored the risk factors for paraurethral duct dilatation following paraurethral duct infection by Neisseria gonorrhoeae in men undergoing ceftriaxone therapy. The present study was performed to explore the risk factors for paraurethral duct dilatation following paraurethral duct infection by N. gonorrhoeae in men undergoing ceftriaxone therapy and thus guide clinical interventions. We compared the demographic, behavioral, and clinical data of men with paraurethral duct infection by N. gonorrhoeae with and without dilatation of the paraurethral duct. Univariate analysis showed significant differences in age, disease course of the infected paraurethral duct, Chlamydia trachomatis infection in the paraurethral duct, and a history of paraurethral duct infection by N. gonorrhoeae between the patient and control groups (Pgonorrhoeae in men. Age, C. trachomatis infection in the paraurethral duct, and a history of paraurethral duct infection by N. gonorrhoeae are also risk factors. Thus, educating patients to undergo timely therapy and treating the C. trachomatis infection may be effective interventions. PMID:27861521

  9. An isolated nasolacrimal duct osteoma.

    Kim, Joo Yeon; Kwon, Jae Hwan


    Osteomas of the nose and paranasal sinus are common benign tumors that can extend to surrounding structures and result in orbital or intracranial involvement. Presenting symptoms include facial pain, headache, cerebral symptoms, ocular symptoms, and so on, depending on the location and size of the tumor. They commonly occur within the frontal, ethmoid, maxillary, and sphenoid sinuses; however, there are rare cases of reported osteomas in the nasal cavity, turbinate, or orbit. Our case report describes a patient with nasolacrimal duct osteoma who presented with ipsilateral ocular pain, epiphora, and medial canthal swelling. We performed intranasal dacryocystorhinostomy using a nasal endoscope and removed the lacrimal duct osteoma. This report describes symptoms and management of an isolated nasolacrimal duct stone with a review of the literature.

  10. Thoracic endometriosis: 3 case reports

    Song Ying-na; Lang Jing-he; Zhu Lan


    Abstract:Thoracic endometriosis is a rare disorder. It can be divided into pleural and pulmonary parenchymal endometriosis according to the site of the lesion. In this article 3 typical cases of thoracic endometriosis (case 1 is pleural endometriosis, case 2 and 3 are pulmonary parenchymal endometriosis) were described, and the various presentations, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapies of thoracic endometriosis were reviewed. The pathogenesis of thoracic endometriosis has not been established clearly yet. Recurrent right-sided pneumothorax or hemoptysis that occurs within days of the onset of menstruation is the most common manifestation. The correlation between the patient's symptoms and menses is essential to establish the diagnosis. Radiographic studies, bronchoscopy, and thoracoscopy may support the diagnosis. Pathologic evidence is not present universally. Therapeutic interventions include medical and surgical options, which should be individualized for each patient.

  11. Spatial and cellular expression patterns of Erythropoietin-Receptor and Erythropoietin during a 42 day post-lesional time-course after graded thoracic spinal cord impact lesions in the rat.

    Cohrs, Gesa; Goerden, Stephan; Lucius, Ralf; Synowitz, Michael; Mehdorn, Maximilian Hubertus; Held-Feindt, Janka; Knerlich-Lukoschus, Friederike


    Erythropoietin (Epo) exhibits promising neuroregenerative potential for spinal cord injury (SCI) and might be involved in other long-term sequelae, such as neuropathic pain development. The current studies investigated the time courses and spatial and cellular patterns of Epo and EpoR expression along the spinal axis after graded SCI. Male Long Evans rats received 100-kdyn, 150-kdyn, and 200-kdyn thoracic (T9) contusions from an Infinite Horizon Impactor. Sham controls received laminectomies. Anatomical and quantitative immunohistochemical analyses of the EpoR/Epo expression along the whole spinal axis were performed 7, 15, and 42 DPO after the lesioning. Cellular expression was investigated by double- and triple-labeling for EpoR/Epo with cellular markers and proliferating cells in subgroups of 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine-pre-treated animals. Prolonged EpoR/Epo-expression was confirmed by real-time RT-PCR. Quantified EpoR/Epo immunoreactivities in pain-related spinal cord regions and ventro-lateral white matter (VLWM) were correlated with the mechanical sensitivity thresholds and locomotor function of the respective animals. EpoR and Epo were constitutively expressed in the ventral horn neurons, vascular, and glial cells in the dorsal columns (DC) and the VLWM. After SCI, in addition to expression in the lesion core, EpoR/Epo-immunoreactivities exhibited significant time- and lesion grade-dependent induction in the DC and VLWM along the spinal axis. EpoR and Epo immunoreactive cells co-stained with markers for astroglial, neural precursor cell and vascular markers. In the VLWM, EpoR- and Epo-positive proliferating cells were co-stained with GFAP and nestin. The DC EpoR/Epo immunoreactivities exhibited linear relationships with the behavioral correlates of post-lesional chronic pain development at DPO 42. SCI leads to long-lasting multicellular EpoR/Epo induction beyond the lesion core in the spinal cord regions that are involved in central pain development and

  12. 大气细颗粒物成分体内染毒对大鼠血管内皮NOS/NO系统的影响%Toxic effects of participate matter components in vivo on the NOS/NO system in the endothelial cells from rat thoracic aorta

    张涌; 吕吉元; 张明升; 庞卫乾; 孙萌


    Objective To investigate the effects of different fine particulate matter (PM2.5) components (water-soluble, organic, water-soluble+organic) in vivo on the NOS/NO system in the endothelial cells from rat thoracic aortas. Methods Three PM2.5 components were used to inject by vein in rat tail. ELISA and immunohistochemical technique were used to examine the change of NOS/NO system in the blood-serum and the endothelial cells from rat thoracic aorta. Results Compared with control group, three PM2.5 components increased NO level of rat blood-serum [control, (38.00±5.40) μmol/L; water-soluble group, (44.66±16.59) μmol/L, t =3.58, P0.05). Three components decreased the expression of eNOS protein in the endothelial cells from rat thoracic aorta(control, 164.68±4.80; water-soluble group, 185.43±5.63, t =4.26, P 0.05).PM2.5 3种成分染毒均使大鼠主动脉内皮细胞eNOS蛋白表达减少,对照组灰度值(164.68±4.80),水溶成分组(185.43±5.63),有机成分组(194.07±9.77),混合成分组(209.24±15.43),与对照组比较差异均有统计学意义(分别为t=4.26,P<0.05;t=5.26,P<0.05;t=43.19,P<0.01);iNOS的蛋白表达增加,对照组灰度值(160.17±5.79),水溶成分组(134.78±8.22),有机成分组(134.78±8.22),混合成分组(81.62±10.59),与对照组比较差异均有统计学意义(分别为t=5.21,P<0.05;t=5.98,P<0.05;t=34.98,P<0.01).结论 大气细颗粒物成分体内染毒可使大鼠血管内皮功能障碍,血管内皮NOS/NO系统表达异常.

  13. Fragmentation of common bile duct and pancreatic duct stones by extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy

    Kim, Ham Gyum [Ansan Junior College, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Son, Soon Yong; Lee, Won Hong [Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To determine its usefulness and safety of extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy in common bile duct and pancreatic duct stones, we analyzed the results of 13 patients with common bile duct stones and 6 patients with pancreatic duct stones which were removed by endoscopic procedures using the balloon or basket, who was performed the extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy using the ultrasonography for stone localization with a spark gap type Lithotriptor(Dornier MPL 9000, Germany). Fragmentation and complete clearance of the common bile duct and pancreatic duct stones were obtained in 19 of 19 patients(100%). Apart from transient attacks of fever in 2 of 13 patients with common bile duct stones(15%) and mild elevation of serum amylase and lipase in 2 of 6 patients with pancreatic duct stones(33%), no other serious side effects were observed. In our experiences, extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy is a safe and useful treatment for endoscopically unretrievable common bile duct and pancreatic duct stones.

  14. Vitellointestinal Duct Anomalies in Infancy

    Kadian, Yogender Singh; Verma, Anjali; Rattan, Kamal Nain; Kajal, Pardeep


    Background: Vitellointestinal duct (VID) or omphalomesenteric duct anomalies are secondary to the persistence of the embryonic vitelline duct, which normally obliterates by weeks 5–9 of intrauterine life. Methods: This is a retrospective analysis of a total of 16 patients of symptomatic remnants of vitellointestinal duct from period of Jan 2009 to May 2013. Results: Male to female ratio (M:F) was 4.3:1 and mean age of presentation was 2 months and their mode of presentation was: patent VID in 9 (56.25%) patients, umbilical cyst in 2(12.25%), umbilical granuloma in 2 (12.25%), and Meckel diverticulum as content of hernia sac in obstructed umbilical hernia in 1 (6.25%) patient. Two patients with umbilical fistula had severe electrolyte disturbance and died without surgical intervention. Conclusion: Persistent VID may have varied presentations in infancy. High output umbilical fistula and excessive bowel prolapse demand urgent surgical intervention to avoid morbidity and mortality. PMID:27433448

  15. Fan/Ram Duct Program


    mwm^mmmt c INPUT I ] H—f TRANSIENT ROUTINE P"" CONTROL """I FAN ] COMPRESSOR MAIN BURNER I DUCT HZ HIGH TURBINE in— LOW TURBINE I...and pressure ratio. 6. Low Turbine Low turbine characteristics, identical In form to those of the high turbine, are shown in figures 27 and 28. 7

  16. 地西泮减弱5-羟色胺收缩老年大鼠离体胸主动脉的作用及其机制%Diazepam attenuates 5-hydroxytryptamine-induced contractions of thoracic aorta in elderly rats

    高雪梅; 王微; 张轩萍; 范俊强; 张明升


    Objective To investigate the action of diazepam (DZP) on 5-hydroxytryptamine-induced contrac tions of thoracic aorta in elderly rats and probable mechanism that underlies this action. Methods Tonometry was used to determine the effects of DZP on 5-HT induced contractions in the thoracic aortic rings isolated from elderly rats. The influences of various drugs which include NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, 10-4 mol/L), in domethacin (10-5 mol/L) and PK11195 (10-6 mol/L) on the effects of DZP were observed. Results ① (0.01~3)×10-5 mol/L 5-HT produced a concentration-dependent contraction in isolated thoracic aorta rings of elderly rats. The EC50 of 5-HT was ahout 3×10 mol/L. ② In the isolated thoracic aorta rings of elderly rats with intact endothelium, DZP (3× 10-6 mol/L) significantly attenuated the Emax of 5-HT induced vasoconstriction, compared with that of the rings not treated with DZP (P<0.01). There was no significant effect of DZP on rings with denuded endothelium (P>0.05). ③ The effects of DZP (3×10-6 mol/L) on the 5-HT induced vasoconstriction was suppressed by L-NAME, a nitric oxide syn thase inhibitor (P<0.01), but not by cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin and PK11195. Conclusion 5-HT could produce concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in isolated thoracic aorta rings of elderly rats. DZP could attenuate the vasoconstriction effects of 5-HT in an endothelium-dependent manner. The underlying mechanisms may involve release of NO from endothelium, but not PCI2 and the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor.%目的 观察地西泮(DZP)对5-羟色胺(5-HT)诱导收缩的老年大鼠离体胸主动脉环的作用,并探讨其可能的机制.方法 采用离体血管张力记录法,观察5-HT 对老年大鼠离体胸主动脉环的作用及DZP的影响.结果 ①5-HT[(0.01~3)×10-5 mol/L]对老年大鼠离体胸主动脉环具有浓度依赖性的收缩作用,血管环收缩达最大收缩50%时的药物浓度(EC50)值约为3×10

  17. Quantitative immunohistochemical analysis of the effect of smoking on the cystathionine-γ-lyase in the rat thoracic aorta%免疫组化定量分析吸烟对大鼠胸主动脉中胱硫醚-γ-裂解酶的影响

    张涛; 刘朝中; 张海涛; 谈诚; 黄丛春; 孟如松; 任志霞


    Objective To quantitatively study the effect of tobacco smoking on cystathionine--γ-lyase in the rat thoracic aorta. Methods 16 10-week-old male SD rats were randomly divided into the control group (fed under normal breathing conditions) and smoking group (smoking 20 cigarettes per day,for 90 days, n = 8 ). The rats were killed by cervical dislocation, and the thoracic aorta was taken and fixed in 10% formalin for 1 to 2 days. The sections were immunohistochemically stained for cystathionine-γ-lyase.The cystathionine-γ-lyase area density and optical density in the microscopic images of the rat thoracic a-orta were quantitatively analyzed. Results The area density of cystathionine-γ-lyase expression in the thoracic aorta of the smoking group was 6.79 ± 1.04, significantly lower than that of 14.98 ± 2. 32 in the control group (P<0.01). The optical density in the smoking group was 0. 15 ±0.04, also significantly lower than that of 0.21 ±0.03 in the control group (P <0. 01). Conclusion Smoking can decrease the concentration of cyatathionine-γ-lyase in the rat thoracic aorta.%目的 定量研究烟草烟雾对大鼠胸主动脉的胱硫醚-γ-裂解酶影响.方法 16只10周龄SD大鼠随机分为对照组(正常呼吸条件下饲养)和吸烟组(每天吸烟20支,连续90 d),每组8只.被动吸烟大鼠模型造完后断颈处死,取其近心端胸主动脉于10%的福尔马林固定1~2 d,采用免疫组化染色和显微图像定量分析法,观察大鼠胸主动脉胱硫醚-γ-裂解酶的面积密度和光密度.结果 吸烟组的大鼠胸主动脉中胱硫醚-γ-裂解酶的表达面积密度明显低于对照组(6.79±1.04vs.14.98±2.32,P<0.01);其光密度值也明显低于对照组(0.15±0.04 vs.0.21±0.03,P<0.01).结论 吸烟可导致大鼠胸主动脉中的胱硫醚-γ-裂解酶含量降低.

  18. Neurological manifestations of thoracic myelopathy.

    Takenaka, Shota; Kaito, Takashi; Hosono, Noboru; Miwa, Toshitada; Oda, Takenori; Okuda, Shinya; Yamashita, Tomoya; Oshima, Kazuya; Ariga, Kenta; Asano, Masatoshi; Fuchiya, Tsuyoshi; Kuroda, Yusuke; Nagamoto, Yukitaka; Makino, Takahiro; Yamazaki, Ryoji; Yonenobu, Kazuo


    Investigation of preoperative manifestations of thoracic myelopathy in a large population has not been reported. The aim of this study was to identify symptoms specific to anatomical pathology or compressed segments in thoracic myelopathy through investigation of preoperative manifestations. Subjects were 205 patients [143 men, 62 women; mean age, 62.2 (range 21-87 years)] with thoracic myelopathy who underwent surgery at our affiliate institutions from 2000 to 2011. The disease distribution included ossification of the ligamentum flavum (OLF) in 106 patients, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) in 17, OLF with OPLL in 17, intervertebral disc herniation (IDH) in 23, OLF with IDH in 3, and spondylosis in 39. We assessed (1) initial and preoperative complaints, (2) neurological findings, (3) Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores (JOA, full score, 11 points), (4) the compressed segments, and (5) preoperative duration. Multivariate analyses were performed to examine potential relationships between preoperative manifestations and anatomical pathology or compressed segments. The multivariate analyses revealed relationships between lower limb muscle weakness and T10/11 anterior compression; lower limb pain and T11/12 anterior compression; low back pain and T11/12 compression; and hyporeflexia in the patellar tendon reflex/foot drop and T12/L1 anterior compression. This study elucidated symptoms specific to anatomical pathology or compressed segments in thoracic myelopathy. These relationships can be helpful in the initial investigation of thoracic diseases, although additional measures such as MRI or CT are necessary for definitive diagnosis.

  19. Delayed transplantation of olfactory ensheathing cells for thoracic cord injury in adult rats%延迟植入嗅鞘细胞修复成鼠的胸髓损伤

    唐勇; 吴燕峰; 史玉朋; 沈慧勇


    BACKGROUND: Spinal cord can regenerate after injury in certain microenvironment. Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs)have the characteristics of astrocytes and Schwann cells and can accelerate the spinal cord axonal regeneration.OBJECTIVE: To make injured thoracic cord rat models and observe the effect of OECs on injured spinal cord axonal regeneration.DESIGN: Observational experiment.SETTING: Second Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University.MATERIALS: The experiment was performed at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University from January 2001 to November 2002.Totally 20 adult SD male rats with the body mass of (380±20) g were provided by Experimental Animal Center of Sun Yat-Sen University (number of institution license SYXK2004-0020). There were DMEM culture solution with low glucose (L-DMEM, GibcoBRL), fetal calf serum (FCS) (Hyclone), myelin basic protein (MBP) (Sigma) and nerve growth factor receptor antibody (Sigma). They were divided into cell transplantation group and control group by the method of random digits table with 10 in each group.METHODS: The adult SD rats were anaesthetized and decapitated to obtain the whole olfactory bulb and then isolate olfactory nerve with a sterile operation. Thoracic cord injury models were established by modified Allen method. 10μL OECs suspension (2.5×1010 L-1) was injected into injured spinal cord of the cell transplantation group, whereas DMEM/F12 (1:1) culture solution of the same dose was injected in the control group. The influence of OECs on spinal cord axonal regeneration was observed by histological and immunohistochemical method 6 weeks after transplantation.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ①OECs were identified by nerve growth factor receptor antibody staining. ②Repair of myelin sheath was observed by MBP staining. ③Nerve axonal regeneration was observed by argentaffin staining. RESULTS: Two rats in the cell transplantation group and 3 rats in the control group died, so totally 15 rats were

  20. Pediatric thoracic trauma: Current trends.

    Pearson, Erik G; Fitzgerald, Caitlin A; Santore, Matthew T


    Pediatric thoracic trauma is relatively uncommon but results in disproportionately high levels of morbidity and mortality when compared with other traumatic injuries. These injuries are often more devastating due to differences in children׳s anatomy and physiology relative to adult patients. A high index of suspicion is of utmost importance at the time of presentation because many significant thoracic injuries will have no external signs of injury. With proper recognition and management of these injuries, there is an associated improved long-term outcome. This article reviews the current literature and discusses the initial evaluation, current management practices, and future directions in pediatric thoracic trauma. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. CT of thoracic aortic aneurysms.

    Posniak, H V; Olson, M C; Demos, T C; Benjoya, R A; Marsan, R E


    Aneurysms of the thoracic aorta are most often the result of arteriosclerotic disease. Other causes include degeneration of the medial layer of the aortic wall, either idiopathically or due to genetic disorders such as Marfan syndrome; aortic dissection; trauma; syphilis and other bacterial infection; noninfective aortitis; and congenital anomaly. We review normal anatomy of the aorta and discuss our technique and interpretation of computed tomography (CT) in the evaluation of the thoracic aorta. We illustrate the CT appearance of different types of aortic aneurysms as well as discuss the use of CT for assessing complications of aneurysms, for postoperative follow-up, and in the differentiation of aortic aneurysm from a paraaortic mass.

  2. Lateral Thoracic Maningocele : Anaesthetic Implications

    Nazeer Ahmed K


    Full Text Available Meningomyelocele is a broad term representing herniation of extracranial contents through a congenital defect in the vertebral column. If only cerebrospinal fluid (CSF and meninges herniate, it is termed as a meningocele. A meningoencephalocele is herniation of neural elements along with meninges. Anaesthetic challenges in management of thoracic meningomyelocele include securing the airway with intubation in lateral or supine position, intraoperative prone position with its associated complications and accurate assessment of blood loss and prevention of hypothermia. We report a case of a thoracic meningocele posted for resection and discuss its anaesthetic implications

  3. [International Relationship of Japanese General Thoracic Surgeons].

    Okumura, Meinoshin


    Japanese thoracic surgeons have created personal relationship with European and North American surgeons. During the last 10 years, official relation between Japanese Association for Chest Surgery(JACS) and European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) has been established besides personal interaction, and communication among the thoracic surgeons in Asia was prompted through Asia Thoracoscopic Surgery Education Program( ATEP). International relationship through academic associations is expected to contribute to encouraging general thoracic surgeons.

  4. 硫化氢对H2O2所致大鼠胸主动脉损伤的保护作用%Hydrogen sulfide has protective effect against H2O2-induced injury in isolated thoracic aorta of rats

    陈丽灵; 唐燕; 刘振; 孟国梁; 白文莉; 李莎; 谢利平; 季勇


    目的:探讨硫化氢(hydrogen sulfide,H2S)对过氧化氢(hydrogen peroxide,H2O2)引起的大鼠离体胸主动脉损伤的保护作用和机制.方法:分离正常大鼠胸主动脉,制备主动脉环,利用300 μmol/L H2O2建立大鼠胸主动脉环氧化应激损伤模型.25、50、100 μmol/L的硫氢化钠(sodium hydrosulfide,NaHS)预处理后再用H2O2损伤大鼠胸主动脉环,应用血管功能检测张力仪比较各组舒张功能,并采用二氢乙啶(dihydroethidium,DHE)荧光染色法测定活性氧自由基(reactive oxygen species,ROS)的生成.Western blot法检测大鼠胸主动脉环中ERK1/2和磷酸化ERK1/2(p-ERK1/2)蛋白的表达.结果:300 μmol/L的H2O2可引起大鼠胸主动脉环内皮依赖性舒张功能受损,50、100 μmol/L的NaHS预处理后该损伤得到明显改善,使H202诱发的ROS亦显著减少.同时,H2O2可激活大鼠胸主动脉组织中的MAPK/ERK通路,使其磷酸化水平增加,而给予50、100 μmol/L的NaHS预处理后可抑制该作用.结论:硫化氢对H2O2致大鼠胸主动脉氧化应激性损伤有保护作用,其机制可能与调节ERK信号通路有关.%Objective:To investigate the protective effect and mechanism of hydrogen sulfide(H2S) on hydrogen peroxide(H2O2)-induced injury in isolated thoracic aorta of rats. Methods:Thoracic aortic rings were isolated from normal Sprague-Dawley rats, subsequently exposed to 300 μmol/L H2O2 to establish an oxidative stress model. The thoracic aortic rings were pre-treated with 25 μmol/L,50 μmol/L or 100 μmol/L of NaHS followed by incubation with 300 μmol/L H2O2. The endothelium-dependent vasorelaxant function of thoracic aortic rings was measured by a pressure transducer coupled to a Labchart V6 System. Production of ROS was evaluated using DHE fluorescent staining assay. The expressions of protein MAPK/ERK1/2 and p-ERK1/2 in thoracic aortic were determined by Western blot analysis. Results: H2O2 of 300 μmol/L can decrease vasorelaxant function in rats

  5. Current surgical treatment for bile duct cancer

    Yasuji Seyama; Masatoshi Makuuchi


    Since extrahepatic bile duct cancer is difficult to diagnose and to cure, a safe and radical surgical strategy is needed. In this review, the modes of infiltration and spread of extrahepatic bile duct cancer and surgical strategy are discussed. Extended hemihepatectomy, with or without pancreatoduodenectomy (PD), plus extrahepatic bile duct resection and regional lymphadenectomy has recently been recognized as the standard curative treatment for hilar bile duct cancer. On the other hand, PD is the choice of treatment for middle and distal bile duct cancer. Major hepatectomy concomitant with PD (hepatopancreatoduodenectomy) has been applied to selected patients with widespread tumors. Preoperative biliary drainage (BD) followed by portal vein embolization (PVE) enables major hepatectomy in patients with hilar bile duct cancer without mortality. BD should be performed considering the surgical procedure, especially, in patients with separated intrahepatic bile ducts caused by hilar bile duct cancer. Right or left trisectoriectomy are indicated according to the tumor spread and biliary anatomy. As a result, extended radical resection offers a chance for cure of hilar bile duct cancer with improved resectability, curability, and a 5-year survival rate of 40%. A 5-year survival rate has ranged from 24% to 39% after PD for middle and distal bile duct cancer.

  6. Thoracic aortic catastrophes : towards the endovascular solution

    Jonker, F.H.W.


    Descending thoracic aortic catastrophes include a variety of acute pathologies of the descending thoracic aorta, which are all associated with high morbidity and mortality rates, requiring immediate intervention. For this thesis, we explored the management and outcomes of several thoracic aortic cat

  7. Thoracic tumors : prognostic and thearapeutic improvements

    Jong, Wouter Karst de


    Thoracic tumors are a major burden of disease in many countries. Non-small cell lung cancer and small-cell lung cancer are the most common thoracic malignancies, both tumors are one of the most well-known of the less common thoracic tumors. In this thesis, new ways in estimating the prognosis of pat

  8. Effect of sufentanil on norepinephrine-induced contraction of thoracic aorta isolated from rats with spontaneous hypertension%舒芬太尼对去甲肾上腺素诱发自发性高血压大鼠离体胸主动脉收缩的影响

    曹志萍; 刘保江; 李岩; 张彦清


    Objective To investigate the effect of sufentanil on norepinephrine (NE)-induced contraction of thoracic aorta isolated from rats with spontaneous hypertension (SH) .Methods Eight male rats with SH weighing 250-300 g were used in this study. The rats were decapitated and their thoracic aortas were isolated and cut into rings 2-3 mm in length. The aorta rings were suspended for isometric tension recording. The aortic rings obtained from SH rats were divided into 4 groups ( n = 8 each) : control group and 3 sufentanil groups. The contraction of aortic rings in response to NE in the absence (control) and presence of 3 concentrations of sufentanil 7 × 10-11 ,2 × 10-10 and 1 × 10-9 mol/L was recorded. Results The amplitude of NE-induced contraction of thoracic aorta was significantly greater in 3 sufentanil groups than in control group. Sufentanil significantly inhibited the NE-induced aortic contration in proportion to concentration. Conclusion Sufentanil can inhibit NE-induced contraction of thoracic aorta isolated from rats with SH in a concentration-dependent manner.%目的 探讨舒芬太尼对去甲肾上腺素(NE)诱发自发性高血压大鼠离体胸主动脉收缩的影响.方法 雄性自发性高血压大鼠8只,体重250~300 g,每只大鼠取离体胸主动脉血管环4段,采用随机区组设计,随机分为4组(n=8):生理盐水对照组(NS组)、低浓度舒芬太尼组(7×10-11mol/L,S1组)、中浓度舒芬太尼组(2×10-10 mol/L,S2组)和高浓度舒芬太尼组(1×10-9mol/L,S3组).将血管环悬挂于血管张力测量装置,张力稳定后加入60 mmol/L KCl收缩血管环,记录血管环张力.洗脱KCl后分别加入生理盐水及不同浓度的舒芬太尼各100 μl,20 min后依次加入终浓度为10-8、10-7、10-6、10-5mol/L的NE,使血管充分收缩,记录不同NE终浓度下血管环张力,计算血管环收缩幅度.结果 与NS组比较,S1组、S2组、S3组血管环收缩幅度降低(P<0.05或0.01).与S1组比较,S2组、S3组

  9. [Common bile duct stones and their complications].

    Millat, B; Borie, F


    At the time of cholecystectomy for symptomatic cholelithiasis, 7-20% of patients have common bile duct stones. Nearly one third of them are asymptomatic. Routine cholangiography during cholecystectomy allows the diagnosis and treatment of common bile duct stones during the same operation. Selective indication for the diagnosis of common bile duct stones based on the positive predictive value of indicators limits treatment to symptomatic cases. No single indicator is however completely accurate in predicting common bile duct stones and the natural history of asymptomatic cases is uncertain. Endoscopic stone extraction preceding cholecystectomy is not superior to one-stage surgical treatment. Diagnosis and treatment of common bile duct stones are feasible laparoscopically. Complications of common bile duct stones are cholangitis and acute pancreatitis; if severe, they require specific therapeutic approaches.

  10. Application of difference gel electrophoresis to the identification of inner medullary collecting duct proteins

    Hoffert, J.D.; Balkom, B.W.M. van; Chou, C.L.; Knepper, M.A.


    In this study, we present a standardized approach to purification of native inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells from rat kidney for proteomic analysis and apply the approach to identification of abundant proteins utilizing two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE) coupled with m

  11. Lithium Impairs Kidney Development and Inhibits Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β in Collecting Duct Principal Cells

    Kjærsgaard, Gitte; Madsen, Kirsten; Marcussen, Niels

    on serine9 (pGSK-3β)and subsequent epithelial to mesenchymal dedifferentiation (EMT). GSK-3β immunoreactive protein was associated with collecting ducts in developing and adult human and rat kidney. Total GSK-3β protein abundance was stable in medulla while it decreased in cortex in the postnatal period...

  12. Methods of evaluating cleanliness of ventilation ducts

    曹勇; 罗运有; 于丹; 甘丽斯


    A testing system for evaluating cleanliness of ventilation ducts was constructed. Comparisons of four evaluation methods for quantifying the amount of dust on the inner surface of ventilation ducts are presented. The experimental results show that the wiping by solvent method is more efficient than that by the wiping method,especially used on low cleanliness duct surface. The gravimetric tape method is an efficient method of collecting dust samples on the duct surface with low amounts of dust,particularly used to check the cleanliness level after the cleaning work. The optical method can be set up rapidly and is useful for fieldwork measurements.

  13. Toxicity and Metabolism of Dieldrin in Rats

    Heath, D. F.; Vandekar, M.


    The main constituent of the insecticide dieldrin has been studied in male and female rats. The LD50s depend on the route of injection and, after intravenous infusion, on the rate of infusion. After oral injection of a 4% solution in arachis oil, deaths take place within six hours or from two to seven days later; but the first convulsion occurs at 40 min. over a wide range of doses. For further studies 36Cl-dieldrin was used. Absorption from the gastrointestinal tract varies with the vehicle and is via the portal vein, not the thoracic lymph duct. Distribution is initially general, but within a few hours of injection it is heavily in favour of fat. Excretion of 36Cl averages about 5% per day. It is markedly increased by a restriction of diet, which reduces the body fat. From the cannulated bile duct, excretion accelerates as the rat loses weight, exceeding 10% per day after a few days. Only 3% of the 36Cl is excreted as dieldrin unless the bile is cannulated, when 10% may be excreted. The remainder is in metabolites, 90% in the faeces and 10% in the urine. Many metabolites have been demonstrated but not identified. The most important, containing about 60% of the total 36Cl, is excreted in the bile, probably as a glucuronide and reconstituted in the intestine before being excreted in the faeces. From these findings one can interpret many of the toxic effects of dieldrin, including the effects of starvation on toxicity and the prolonged sensitization to a second dose (Barnes and Heath, 1964) in terms of the low solubility of dieldrin in water, its high solubility in fat, and its mobilization when fat is utilized. Toxic effects are related to the dieldrin mobilized; there is no need to postulate that dieldrin produces a long-lasting lesion in the central nervous system. The findings and conclusions are shown to be relevant to the toxic effects of dieldrin in man. PMID:14249895

  14. 下颌下腺主导管结扎可激活损伤组织中的干/祖细胞%Changes in the activity of stem/progenitor cells in the rat submandibular gland following ligation of the main excretory duct

    陈伟; 黄桂林


    BACKGROUND:Fewer ethical issues exist in adult stem cells, and some operating technologies are relatively mature. Therefore, to construct tissue-engineered salivary glands using adult stem cells is very attractive and seductive with an extremely important application prospect. OBJECTIVE:To establish a rat model of salivary gland injury by ligation of the main excretory duct of the submandibular gland and to explore the existing feasibility and location of adult stem cells in the injured models. METHODS:The main excretory duct of the right submandibular glands was ligated in Sprague-Dawley rats. After 1 week, rats were kil ed to remove the bilateral glands that were then subject to hematoxylin-eosin staining, PAS glycogen staining and immunohistochemical staining for determination of CK-19, Bcl-2, Ki-67. After that, we compared the normal submandibular gland with the damaged model after ligation of main excretory duct. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:The rats showed differences in the volume and mass of the affected and normal submandibular glands. The normal submandibular gland was oval, ruddy, smooth, soft with an intact envelop. After ligation, the injured submandibular gland appeared to have atrophy with dark red in color, irregular morphology, envelop congestion, and rough texture;the surrounding vessels showed compensatory expansion. PAS-positive gland cells disappeared, CK-19-postive smal duct epithelial cells proliferated, and laminin-positive cells that were rarely found in the normal gland existed around the duct. In addition, Bcl-2/Ki-67 positive cells were both increased. These findings indicate that stem/progenitor cells may be located in the periductal area of the submandibular gland;and the model of submandibular gland injury established by ligation of the main excretory duct is effective to activate stem/progenitor cells in the submandibular gland.%背景:成体干细胞的伦理学问题较少,而且某些操作技术比较成熟,利用成体干细

  15. Robotic Surgery for Thoracic Disease.

    Yamashita, Shin-Ichi; Yoshida, Yasuhiro; Iwasaki, Akinori


    Robotic surgeries have developed in the general thoracic field over the past decade, and publications on robotic surgery outcomes have accumulated. However, controversy remains about the application of robotic surgery, with a lack of well-established evidence. Robotic surgery has several advantages such as natural movement of the surgeon's hands when manipulating the robotic arms and instruments controlled by computer-assisted systems. Most studies have reported the feasibility and safety of robotic surgery based on acceptable morbidity and mortality compared to open or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Furthermore, there are accumulated data to indicate longer operation times and shorter hospital stay in robotic surgery. However, randomized controlled trials between robotic and open or VATS procedures are needed to clarify the advantage of robotic surgery. In this review, we focused the literature about robotic surgery used to treat lung cancer and mediastinal tumor.

  16. [Endoscopic thoracic sympatecomy for hyperhidrosis].

    Smati, Belhassen; Marghali, Adel; Abid, Mohamed; Bakhtri, Malek; Ben Youssef, Atef; Mestiri, Taher; Djilani, Habiba; Kilani, Tarek


    Hyperhidrosis is a benin affection representing a social and professional problems and occupational handicaps in young patient. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy thus provides a radical treatment for severe palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. We describe the technique used in our institut and present results From 1995 to 2002, 32 patients were operated on for hyperhidrosis. There were 17 mens and 15 women raging in age from 15 to 32 years The intervention consisting on destruction by electrocoagulation to the sympathetic trunk There was no major complication and the mean postoperative hospital stay was 2 days. The disappearance of the palmar sweating was immediately after operation. 7 patients complained of compensatory sweating Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis is a safe effect technique for treating palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. Compensatry sweeting represent the major that necessite a preable information

  17. Robotic Surgery for Thoracic Disease

    Yoshida, Yasuhiro; Iwasaki, Akinori


    Robotic surgeries have developed in the general thoracic field over the past decade, and publications on robotic surgery outcomes have accumulated. However, controversy remains about the application of robotic surgery, with a lack of well-established evidence. Robotic surgery has several advantages such as natural movement of the surgeon’s hands when manipulating the robotic arms and instruments controlled by computer-assisted systems. Most studies have reported the feasibility and safety of robotic surgery based on acceptable morbidity and mortality compared to open or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Furthermore, there are accumulated data to indicate longer operation times and shorter hospital stay in robotic surgery. However, randomized controlled trials between robotic and open or VATS procedures are needed to clarify the advantage of robotic surgery. In this review, we focused the literature about robotic surgery used to treat lung cancer and mediastinal tumor. PMID:26822625

  18. Measure Guideline: Sealing and Insulating of Ducts in Existing Homes

    Aldrich, R.; Puttagunta, S.


    This document begins with a discussion on potential cost and performance benefits of duct sealing and insulating. It continues with a review of typical duct materials and components and the overall procedures for assessing and improving the duct system.

  19. Measure Guideline. Sealing and Insulating Ducts in Existing Homes

    Aldrich, R. [Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States); Puttagunta, S. [Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States)


    This document begins with a discussion on potential cost and performance benefits of duct sealing and insulating. It continues with a review of typical duct materials and components and the overall procedures for assessing and improving the duct system.

  20. Radiated noise of ducted fans

    Eversman, Walter

    The differences in the radiated acoustic fields of ducted and unducted propellers of the same thrust operating under similar conditions are investigated. An FEM model is created for the generation, propagation, and radiation of steady, rotor alone noise and exit guide vane interaction noise of a ducted fan. For a specified number of blades, angular mode harmonic, and rotor angular velocity, the acoustic field is described in a cylindrical coordinate system reduced to only the axial and radial directions. It is found that, contrary to the usual understanding of the Tyler and Sofrin (1962) result, supersonic tip speed rotor noise can be cut off if the tip Mach number is only slightly in excess of unity and if the number of blades is relatively small. If there are many blades, the fundamental angular mode number is large, and the Tyler and Sofrin result for thin annuli becomes more relevant. Shrouding of subsonic tip speed propellers is a very effective means of controlling rotor alone noise.

  1. Nanotechnology applications in thoracic surgery.

    Hofferberth, Sophie C; Grinstaff, Mark W; Colson, Yolonda L


    Nanotechnology is an emerging, rapidly evolving field with the potential to significantly impact care across the full spectrum of cancer therapy. Of note, several recent nanotechnological advances show particular promise to improve outcomes for thoracic surgical patients. A variety of nanotechnologies are described that offer possible solutions to existing challenges encountered in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Nanotechnology-based imaging platforms have the ability to improve the surgical care of patients with thoracic malignancies through technological advances in intraoperative tumour localization, lymph node mapping and accuracy of tumour resection. Moreover, nanotechnology is poised to revolutionize adjuvant lung cancer therapy. Common chemotherapeutic drugs, such as paclitaxel, docetaxel and doxorubicin, are being formulated using various nanotechnologies to improve drug delivery, whereas nanoparticle (NP)-based imaging technologies can monitor the tumour microenvironment and facilitate molecularly targeted lung cancer therapy. Although early nanotechnology-based delivery systems show promise, the next frontier in lung cancer therapy is the development of 'theranostic' multifunctional NPs capable of integrating diagnosis, drug monitoring, tumour targeting and controlled drug release into various unifying platforms. This article provides an overview of key existing and emerging nanotechnology platforms that may find clinical application in thoracic surgery in the near future.

  2. Double-duct liquid metal magnetohydrodynamic engine

    Haaland, Carsten M.


    An internal combustion, liquid metal (LM) magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) engine and an alternating current (AC) magnetohydrodynamic generator, are used in combination to provide useful AC electric energy output. The engine design has-four pistons and a double duct configuration, with each duct containing sodium potassium liquid metal confined between free pistons located at either end of the duct. The liquid metal is forced to flow back and forth in the duct by the movement of the pistons, which are alternatively driven by an internal combustion process. In the MHD generator, the two LM-MHD ducts pass in close proximity through a Hartmann duct with output transformer. AC power is produced by operating the engine with the liquid metal in the two generator ducts always flowing in counter directions. The amount of liquid metal maintained in the ducts may be varied. This provides a variable stroke length for the pistons. The engine/generator provides variable AC power at variable frequencies that correspond to the power demands of the vehicular propulsion. Also the engine should maintain nearly constant efficiency throughout the range of power usage. Automobiles and trucks could be powered by the invention, with no transmission or power converter devices being required.

  3. A rare case of bile duct cyst

    Qing-Gang Wang; Shu-Tian Zhang


    Choledochal cyst is an uncommon disease usually seen in young women and can be divided into five types. We report a 66-year-old woman who was diagnosed with types Ⅱ and Ⅱ bile duct cyst simultaneously after surgery, which is a rare type of bile duct cyst.

  4. New cannulation method for pancreatic duct cannulation-bile duct guidewire-indwelling method

    Sakai, Yuji; Ishihara, Takeshi; Tsuyuguchi, Toshio; Tawada, Katsunobu; Saito, Masayoshi; Kurosawa, Jo; Tamura, Ryo; Togo, Seiko; Mikata, Rintaro; Tada, Motohisa; Yokosuka, Osamu


    The patient was a 58-year-old male with symptomatic alcoholic chronic pancreatitis. Since a 10 mm calculus was observed in the pancreatic body and abdominal pain occurred due to congestion of pancreatic juice, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography was conducted for assessment of the pancreatic duct and treatment of pancreatic calculus. Pancreatogram was slightly and insufficiently obtained by injecting the contrast media via the common channel of the duodenal main papilla. We tried to cannulate selectively into the pancreatic duct for a clear image. However, the selective cannulation of the pancreatic duct was difficult because of instability of the papilla. On the other hand, selective cannulation of the bile duct was relatively easily achieved. Therefore, after the imaging of the bile duct, a guidewire was retained in the bile duct to immobilize the duodenal papilla and cannulation of the pancreatic duct was attempted. As a result, selective pancreatic duct cannulation became possible. It is considered that the bile duct guidewire-indwelling method may serve as one of the useful techniques for cases whose selective pancreatic duct cannulation is difficult (“selective pancreatic duct difficult cannulation case”). PMID:22110840

  5. Pancreatic duct holder for facilitating duct-to-mucosa pancreatojejunostomy after pancreatoduodenectomy.

    Sugiyama, Masanori; Suzuki, Yutaka; Abe, Nobutsugu; Ueki, Hisayo; Masaki, Tadahiko; Mori, Toshiyuki; Atomi, Yutaka


    Duct-to-mucosa pancreatojejunostomy after pancreatoduodenectomy may be technically difficult, particularly in cases in which the remnant pancreas is soft with a small main pancreatic duct. We devised a pancreatic duct holder for duct-to-mucosa pancreatojejunostomy. The holder has a cone-shaped tip. A one-third circle of the tip is cut away, which makes a slit. As the tip is inserted gently into the pancreatic duct, the duct can be adequately expanded. The holder provides a good surgical field for anastomosis. A slit of the tip allows needle insertion. The holder facilitates stitches of the jejunum also. Twelve patients underwent pancreatoduodenectomy, followed by duct-to-mucosa pancreatojejunostomy using the holder. The holder allowed 8 or more stitches in duct-to-mucosa anastomosis, even in patients with a small pancreatic duct. No patients developed prolonged pancreatic leakage or pancreatic fistula postoperatively. In conclusion, the pancreatic duct holder is a simple and useful tool for facilitating duct-to-mucosa pancreatojejunostomy.

  6. Bile duct hamartomas (von Mayenburg complexes) mimicking liver metastases from bile duct cancer: MRC findings

    Yasuhiko Nagano; Kenichi Matsuo; Katsuya Gorai; Kazuya Sugimori; Chikara Kunisaki; Hideyuki Ike; Katsuaki Tanaka; Toshio Imada; Hiroshi Shimada


    We present a case of a 72-year-old man with a common bile duct cancer, who was initially believed to have multiple liver metastases based on computed tomography findings, and in whom magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) revealed a diagnosis of bile duct hamartomas. At exploration for pancreaticoduodenectomy, liver palpation revealed disseminated nodules at the surface of the liver. These nodules showed gray-white nodular lesions of about 0.5cm in diameter scattered on the surface of both liver lobes, which were looked like multiple liver metastases from bile duct cancer. Frozen section of the liver biopsy disclosed multiple bile ducts with slightly dilated lumens embedded in the collagenous stroma characteristics of multiple bile duct hamartomas (BDHs). Only two reports have described the MRC features of bile duct hamartomas. Of all imaging procedures, MRC provides the most relevant features for the imaging diagnosis of bile duct hamartomas.

  7. Effect of Salusin-β on the expression of c-fos, c-jun and proliferating cell nuclear antigen in vascular smooth muscle cells of thoracic aorta of rat%Salusin-β对大鼠胸主动脉血管平滑肌细胞c-fos、c-jun和增殖细胞核抗原表达的影响

    马艳红; 王海昌


    Objective To observe the effect of Salusin-β on c-fos, c-jun and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) of thoracic aorta of rat. Methods Fifty male Wistar rats were randomly divided into normal saline (NS)group (n=25) and Salusin-β group (n= 25) . Rats in Salusin-β group were injected Salusin-β(5nmol/kg) uia the femoral vein, while in NS group were injected equal amount of NS. All the rats were infused with paraform at 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 24h after the injection, and then the thoracic aortas were harvested. The expressions of c-fos, c-jun and PCNA in VSMCs of rats' thoracic aorta were detected by immunocytochemistry and analyzed by Image-Pro Plus 5.0 image software. Results Compared with NS group, in Salusin-β group, the expression of c-fos at 1h and 2h, of c-jun at 1h, 2h and 4h, and of PCNA at 24h were up-regulated significantly (P<0.0001). Conclusion Salusin-β may promote the proliferation of VSMCs.%目的 观察Salusin-β对大鼠胸主动脉血管平滑肌细胞(VSMCs)中c-fos、c-jun和增殖细胞核抗原(PCNA)表达的影响.方法 健康雄性Wiser大鼠50只,随机均分为生理盐水(NS)组(n=25)和Salusin-β组(n=25).经股静脉向Salusin-β组大鼠体内注射Salusin-β(5nmol/kg),NS组注射等量生理盐水.分别于0.5、1、2、4、24h后用多聚甲醛灌注大鼠,取其胸主动脉,采用免疫组织化学方法,检测两组大鼠胸主动脉VSMCs中c-fos、c-jun和PCNA的表达情况,使用Image-Pro Plus 5.0图像分析软件对结果进行面积密度分析.结果 Salusin-β组c-fos表达量在1、2h明显高于NS组(P<0.0001),c-jun表达量在1、2和4h Salusin-β组明显高于NS组(P<0.0001),PCNA表达量在24h明显高于NS组(P<0.0001).结论 Salusin-β可促进胸主动脉VSMCs的增殖.

  8. Salivary Duct Cyst: Histo-pathologic Correlation

    Divya Vinayachandran


    Full Text Available Non-neoplastic cysts of the salivary glands are uncommon and represent 2-5% of all salivary gland lesions. They are mainly mucoceles or salivary duct cysts. Unlike a mucocele, which is surrounded by granulation tissue, the salivary duct cyst is lined by epithelium. Salivary duct cysts are more common in the oral minor salivary glands and rarely occur in the major salivary glands, show a marked predilection for the superficial lobe of the parotid, and represent 10% of all salivary gland cysts. Neoplastic differentiation of the lining of the salivary duct cyst has been reported. We report a case of a salivary duct cyst of the left parotid gland, with a review of radiographic and histopathologic features.

  9. 罗布麻叶提取物对离体大鼠胸主动脉环的舒张作用%Vasodilator Responses of Extracts from Leaves of Apocynum venetum on Thoracic Aorta of Rats

    付剑江; 吕红; 杨华生; 尹小英; 郑洋滨; 罗永明


    目的:研究罗布麻叶提取物(extracts from leaves of Apocynum venetum,ELA)对离体大鼠胸主动脉环的作用及其可能的机制.方法:采用累积加药法,观察ELA对苯肾上腺索(PE)预收缩的主动脉环张力的影响;观察hemoglobin,亚甲蓝(MB)预处理对ELA扩血管作用影响;观察左旋硝基精氨酸甲酯盐酸盐(L-NAME),甲基异硫脲硫酸盐(SMT)预处理对ELA的扩血管作用的影响;观察四乙胺(TEA),4-氨基吡啶(4-AP)和格列苯脲(GLB)对ELA的血管舒张作用的影响;采用Ca2+剥夺和复加法,观察ELA对细胞内钙释放和外钙内流所引起的血管环收缩反应的作用.结果:ELA可显著舒张PE预收缩的主动脉环,低浓度下(1 ×10-6~3 ×10-4)g·mL-1为内皮依赖性作用,而高浓度下(3×10-4,1 ×10-3)g·mL-1则为内皮非依赖性舒张.低浓度下(1 ×10-6~3×10-4)g·mL-1,ELA的扩血管作用可被Hemoglobin,MB(P <0.05)和L-NAME,SMT(P <0.05)阻断.高浓度下(3×10-4~3 ×10-3)g·mL-1,ELA可显著抑制细胞内钙释放和细胞外钙内流(P<0.05);钾通道阻滞剂TEA,4-AP和格列苯脲可不同程度地阻断ELA扩血管作用.结论:ELA可剂量依赖性的舒张PE预收缩的胸主动脉环,呈现低浓度下内皮依赖、高浓度下内皮非依赖的特点.低浓度下ELA的血管舒张作用可能与NO释放有关,高浓度下其作用需要Ca2,K+通道参与.%Objective: To investigate the vascular effects of extracts from leaves of Apocynum venetum (ELA) and its mechanisms. Method: Phenylephrine ( PE) was used to contract isolated rat thoracic aorta. Concentration relaxation curve of ELA (lx 10~6-3xl0~3g-mL'') was constructed in cumulative doses manner. Moreover, vasodilator effects of ELA were re-determined after pre-incubated with several antagonists. Result; ELA showed significant vasodilator properties. At low concentration, vascular effects of ELA were inhibited by hemoglobin, methylene blue (MB), NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L

  10. Different Anti-Contractile Function and Nitric Oxide Production of Thoracic and Abdominal Perivascular Adipose Tissues.

    Victorio, Jamaira A; Fontes, Milene T; Rossoni, Luciana V; Davel, Ana P


    Divergent phenotypes between the perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) surrounding the abdominal and the thoracic aorta might be implicated in regional aortic differences, such as susceptibility to atherosclerosis. Although PVAT of the thoracic aorta exhibits anti-contractile function, the role of PVAT in the regulation of the vascular tone of the abdominal aorta is not well defined. In the present study, we compared the anti-contractile function, nitric oxide (NO) availability, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation in PVAT and vessel walls of abdominal and thoracic aorta. Abdominal and thoracic aortic tissue from male Wistar rats were used to perform functional and molecular experiments. PVAT reduced the contraction evoked by phenylephrine in the absence and presence of endothelium in the thoracic aorta, whereas this anti-contractile effect was not observed in the abdominal aorta. Abdominal PVAT exhibited a reduction in endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) expression compared with thoracic PVAT, without differences in eNOS expression in the vessel walls. In agreement with this result, NO production evaluated in situ using 4,5-diaminofluorescein was less pronounced in abdominal compared with thoracic aortic PVAT, whereas no significant difference was observed for endothelial NO production. Moreover, NOS inhibition with L-NAME enhanced the phenylephrine-induced contraction in endothelial-denuded rings with PVAT from thoracic but not abdominal aorta. ROS formation and lipid peroxidation products evaluated through the quantification of hydroethidine fluorescence and 4-hydroxynonenal adducts, respectively, were similar between PVAT and vessel walls from the abdominal and thoracic aorta. Extracellular superoxide dismutase (SOD) expression was similar between the vessel walls and PVAT of the abdominal and thoracic aorta. However, Mn-SOD levels were reduced, while CuZn-SOD levels were increased in abdominal PVAT compared with thoracic aortic PVAT. In conclusion, our results

  11. Identification of interstitial cajal-like cells in the human thoracic duct

    Boedtkjer, Donna Briggs; Rumessen, Jüri; Baandrup, Ulrik


    interstitial cells observed: fibroblasts, mast cells, macrophages and pericytes. Lymphatic ICLCs were localized to the subendothelial region of the wall as well as in intimate association with smooth muscle bundles throughout the media. ICLCs were morphologically distinct with multiple processes and also...

  12. Thoracic Duct Fistula after Thyroid Cancer Surgery: Towards a New Treatment

    Jean-François Rodier


    Full Text Available The use of somatostatin analogs is a new conservative therapeutic approach for the treatment of chyle fistulas developing after thyroid cancer surgery. The combination therapy with a total parenteral nutrition should avoid the high morbidity of are-intervention with an uncertain outcome. This promising trend is supported by the present case report of a chyle leak occurring after total thyroidectomy with central and lateral neck dissection for a papillary carcinoma, which was treated successfully without immediate or distant sequelae.

  13. Thoracic Duct Fistula after Thyroid Cancer Surgery: Towards a New Treatment?

    Rodier, Jean-François; Volkmar, Pierre-Philippe; Bodin, Frédéric; Frigo, Séverine; Ciftci, Sait; Dahlet, Christian


    The use of somatostatin analogs is a new conservative therapeutic approach for the treatment of chyle fistulas developing after thyroid cancer surgery. The combination therapy with a total parenteral nutrition should avoid the high morbidity of a re-intervention with an uncertain outcome. This promising trend is supported by the present case report of a chyle leak occurring after total thyroidectomy with central and lateral neck dissection for a papillary carcinoma, which was treated successfully without immediate or distant sequelae. PMID:21734879

  14. Clinical innovations in Philippine thoracic surgery

    Jose Luis. J. Danguilan


    Thoracic surgery in the Philippines followed the development of thoracic surgery in the United States and Europe. With better understanding of the physiology of the open chest and refinements in thoracic anesthetic and surgical approaches, Filipino surgeons began performing thoracoplasties, then lung resections for pulmonary tuberculosis and later for lung cancer in specialty hospitals dealing with pulmonary diseases—first at the Quezon Institute (QI) and presently at the Lung Center of the P...

  15. Clinical significance of main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography: Single and double duct dilation

    Mark D Edge; Maarouf Hoteit; Amil P Patel; Xiaoping Wang; Deborah A Baumgarten; Qiang Cai


    AIM: To study the patients with main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography (CT) and thereby to provide the predictive criteria to identify patients at high risk of significant diseases, such as pancreatic cancer, and to avoid unnecessary work up for patients at low risk of such diseases.METHODS: Patients with dilation of the main pancreatic duct on CT at Emory University Hospital in 2002 were identified by computer search. Clinical course and ultimate diagnosis were obtained in all the identified patients by abstraction of their computer database records.RESULTS: Seventy-seven patients were identified in this study. Chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer were the most common causes of the main pancreatic duct dilation on CT. Although the majority of patients with isolated dilation of the main pancreatic duct (single duct dilation) had chronic pancreatitis, one-third of patients with single duct dilation but without chronic pancreatitis had pancreatic malignancies, whereas most of patients with concomitant biliary duct dilation (double duct dilation) had pancreatic cancer.CONCLUSION: Patients with pancreatic double duct dilation need extensive work up and careful follow up since a majority of these patients are ultimately diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Patients with single duct dilation, especially such patients without any evidence of chronic pancreatitis, also need careful follow-up since the possibility of pancreatic malignancy, including adenocarcinoma and intraductal papillary mucinous tumors, is still high.

  16. Bile Duct Adenoma with Oncocytic Features

    E. J. Johannesen


    Full Text Available Bile duct adenomas are benign bile duct proliferations usually encountered as an incidental finding. Oncocytic bile duct neoplasms are rare and the majority are malignant. A 61-year-old male with a diagnosis of colorectal adenocarcinoma was undergoing surgery when a small white nodule was discovered on the surface of the right lobe of his liver. This lesion was composed of cytologically bland cells arranged in tightly packed glands. These cells were immunopositive for cytokeratin 7, negative for Hep Par 1, contained mucin, and had a Ki67 proliferation index of 8%. The morphology, immunophenotype, presence of mucin, and normal appearing bile ducts, as well as the increased Ki67 proliferation rate, were consistent with a bile duct adenoma with oxyphilic (oncocytic change. Oncocytic tumors in the liver are rare; the first described in 1992. Only two bile duct adenomas with oncocytic change have been reported and neither of them had reported mucin production or the presence of normal appearing bile ducts within the lesion.

  17. Paraurethral Skene's duct cyst in a newborn

    Moralioğlu, Serdar; Bosnalı, Oktav; Celayir, Ayşenur Cerrah; Şahin, Ceyhan


    Paraurethral or Skene's duct cysts are rare causes of interlabial masses in neonates. The diagnosis of Skene's duct cysts in the neonatal period is based on its location, in relation to the urethra, and the demonstration of transitional epithelium in the cyst wall. The distinguishing features of paraurethral cysts are the displacement of urethral meatus by the mass and a cyst containing milky fluid. Thus, we report a case of a Skene's duct cyst in a newborn which was treated by incision and drainage. PMID:24049387

  18. Effect of sufentanil on contraction and anti peroxidative ability of thoracic aorta isolated from rats with diabetes mellitus%舒芬太尼对糖尿病大鼠离体胸主动脉收缩及抗过氧化物功能的影响

    刘洋; 郭宇峰; 王丽娟; 刘保江


    Objective To investigate the effect of sufentanil on contraction and anti peroxidative ability of thoracic aorta isolated from rats with diabetes mellitus.Methods Eight male rats with diabetes were decapitated and their thoracic aorta were i solated.The aortic rings obtained from diabetes rat were divided into 4 groups(n=8):control group and 3 sufentanil groups (7×10-11,2×10-10,1×10-9 mol/L).Vitro vascular experimental method was used to observe the effect of different concentrations of sufentanil on the norepinephrine(NE)-induced contraction of thoracic aorta from diabetic rats and the content of nitrogen monoxide(NO),maleic dialdehyde(MDA) and superoxide dismutase(SOD) on the vascular ring.Results The contraction amplitude of 3 sufentanil groups was orderly (25.4±4.0)%,(21.3±3.5)% and (17.4±2.4)%.The SOD activity of 3 sufentanil groups was orderly (3.8±1.2),(4.9±0.8) U/mgprot and (6.1±0.3) U/mgprot.The contraction amplitude of thoracic aorta from 3 sufentanil groups was significantly lesser than that from control group,the level of SOD activity was higher in 3 sufentanil groups than in control group.Sufentanil significantly inhibited the NE-induced aortic contraction and changed the SOD activity in proportion to concentration.Conclusions Sufentanil can inhibit NE-induced contraction and change the anti peroxidative ability of thoracic aorta isolated from rats with diabetes mellitus in a concentration-dependent manner.%目的 探讨舒芬太尼对糖尿病大鼠离体胸主动脉收缩及抗过氧化物功能的影响. 方法 雄性糖尿病大鼠8只,每只取4段胸主动脉环,采用随机区组设计随机分为4组(每组8段):生理盐水对照组(DC组),低浓度舒芬太尼组(DS1组:7×10-H mol/L),中浓度舒芬太尼组(DS2组:2×10-10 mol/L),高浓度舒芬太尼组(DS3组:1×10-9 mol/L).采用离体血管实验法观察不同浓度舒芬太尼对去甲肾上腺素(norepinephrine,NE)诱发糖尿病大鼠离体胸主动脉收缩

  19. Pancreatic duct replication is increased with obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans.

    Butler, A E; Galasso, R; Matveyenko, A; Rizza, R A; Dry, S; Butler, P C


    In a high-fat-fed rat model of type 2 diabetes we noted increased exocrine duct replication. This is a predisposing factor for pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, both of which are more common in type 2 diabetes. The aim of the study reported here was to establish if obesity and/or type 2 diabetes are associated with increased pancreatic ductal replication in humans. We obtained pancreas at autopsy from 45 humans, divided into four groups: lean (BMI obese (BMI >27 kg/m(2)); non-diabetic; and with type 2 diabetes. Pancreases were evaluated after immunostaining for the duct cell marker cytokeratin and Ki67 for replication. We show for the first time that both obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans are associated with increased pancreatic ductal replication. Specifically, we report that (1) replication of pancreatic duct cells is increased tenfold by obesity, and (2) lean subjects with type 2 diabetes demonstrate a fourfold increase in replication of pancreatic duct cells compared with their lean non-diabetic controls. Pancreatic duct cell replication is increased in humans in response to both obesity and type 2 diabetes, potentially providing a mechanism for the increased risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in those with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes.

  20. Bilateral locked facets in the thoracic spine

    M.H.A. Willems; Braakman, R. (Reinder); B. van Linge (Bert)


    textabstractTwo cases of traumatic bilateral locked facets in the thoracic spine are reported. Both patients had only minor neurological signs. They both made a full neurological recovery after surgical reduction of the locked facets. Bilateral locked facets are very uncommon in the thoracic spine.

  1. Thoracic aorta stent grafting through transapical access.

    Saouti, N.; Vos, J.A.; Heuvel, D. van de; Morshuis, W.J.; Heijmen, R.H.


    BACKGROUND: To describe the transapical approach for thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). METHODS: Three patients, 2 elective and 1 emergent, with thoracic aorta aneurysm are described with vascular or direct aortic inaccessible access, who underwent TEVAR through transapical access. The tec

  2. Histological study of the liver and biochemistry of the blood of Wistar rats following ligature of right hepatic duct Estudo histológico do fígado e bioquímico do sangue de ratos após ligadura do ducto hepático direito

    Abel Botelho Quaresma


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To observe the histological alterations in the liver and biochemistry in the blood that can happen in Wistar rat, after the ligature of right hepatic duct. METHODS: In this study were used rats (n=46 of Wistar pedigree. The animal groups (n=46 were distributed in 6 experimented sub-groups (n=6. It was held a ligature surgery of the right hepatic duct and euthanasia in 7, 14, 21, 28, 60 and 90 days and the biochemistry control group (n=10, that animals had 2ml of their blood taken by cardiac puncture for biochemistry study with value analyses of bilirubins, transaminasis, lactic desidrogenasis, alkaline phophatase and gamma-glutamil-transferase. Given the expected time of each group, the animals were submitted to anesthesia procedure and cavity re-opening, being held intra-cardiac puncture and with 2ml blood collected for biochemistry analyses. It was proceeded the liver resection, being the liver putted in formol solution to 10% for a period of 24 hours and taken to the histology. RESULTS: It was not possible to identify results that express significant differences as the existence of alterations histological and biochemistrily between the different groups. CONCLUSION: At the end of the study, it was not possible to identify histological and biochemistrily alterations that express significant differences between livers of the animals from the right linked hepatic duct and the animals of the control group.INTRODUÇÃO: a colestase é uma situação grave e geralmente letal. Habitualmente a obstrução do fluxo da secreção biliar ocorre por lesão iatrogênica. Cerca de 80% das lesões das vias OBJETIVO: Observar as alterações histológicas que possam ocorrer no fígado e bioquímicas no sangue de ratos Wistar, após ligadura do ducto hepático direito. MÉTODOS: Neste estudo foram utilizados ratos (n=46 da linhagem Wistar. O grupo de animais (n=46 foi dividido em 2 grupos: A experimento (n=36 e B controle bioquímico (n=10, sendo o

  3. Transition duct assembly with modified trailing edge in turbine system

    McMahan, Kevin Weston; Schott, Carl Gerard; Ingram, Clint Luigie; Siden, Gunnar Leif; Pierre, Sylvain


    Transition duct assemblies for turbine systems and turbomachines are provided. In one embodiment, a transition duct assembly includes a plurality of transition ducts disposed in a generally annular array and comprising a first transition duct and a second transition duct. Each of the plurality of transition ducts includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of each transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The transition duct assembly further includes an aerodynamic structure defined by the passages of the first transition duct and the second transition duct. The aerodynamic structure includes a pressure side, a suction side, and a trailing edge, the trailing edge having a modified aerodynamic contour.

  4. Reference values of MRI measurements of the common bile duct and pancreatic duct in children

    Gwal, Kriti; Bedoya, Maria A.; Patel, Neal; Darge, Kassa; Anupindi, Sudha A. [University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, The Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Rambhatla, Siri J. [Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Newark, NJ (United States); Sreedharan, Ram R. [University of Pennsylvania, Departments of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (United States)


    Magnetic resonance imaging/cholangiopancreatography (MRI/MRCP) is now an essential imaging modality for the evaluation of biliary and pancreatic pathology in children, but there are no data depicting the normal diameters of the common bile duct (CBD) and pancreatic duct. Recognition of abnormal duct size is important and the increasing use of MRCP necessitates normal MRI measurements. To present normal MRI measurements for the common bile duct and pancreatic duct in children. In this retrospective study we searched all children ages birth to 10 years in our MR urography (MRU) database from 2006 until 2013. We excluded children with a history of hepatobiliary or pancreatic surgery. We stratified 204 children into five age groups and retrospectively measured the CBD and the pancreatic duct on 2-D axial and 3-D coronal T2-weighted sequences. We performed statistical analysis, using logistic and linear regressions to detect the age association of the visibility and size of the duct measurements. We used non-parametric tests to detect gender and imaging plane differences. Our study included 204 children, 106 (52%) boys and 98 (48%) girls, with a median age of 33 months (range 0-119 months). The children were distributed into five age groups. The common bile duct was visible in all children in all age groups. The pancreatic duct was significantly less visible in the youngest children, group 1 (54/67, 80.5%; P = 0.003) than in the oldest children, group 5 (22/22, 100%). In group 2 the pancreatic duct was seen in 19/21 (90.4%), in group 3 52/55 (94.5%), and in group 4 39/39 (100%). All duct measurements increased with age (P < 0.001; r-value > 0.423), and the incremental differences between ages were significant. The measurement variations between the axial and coronal planes were statistically significant (P < 0.001); however these differences were fractions of millimeters. For example, in group 1 the mean coronal measurement of the CBD was 2.1 mm and the axial

  5. Transmission of wave energy in curved ducts

    Rostafinski, W.


    A formation of wave energy flow was developed for motion in curved ducts. A parametric study over a range of frequencies determined the ability of circular bends to transmit energy for the case of perfectly rigid walls.

  6. Ducted propagation of chorus waves: Cluster observations

    K. H. Yearby


    Full Text Available Ducted propagation of whistler waves in the terrestrial magnetosphere-ionosphere system was discussed and studied long before the first in-situ spacecraft measurements. While a number of implicit examples of the existence of ducted propagation have been found, direct observation of ducts has been hampered by the low sampling rates of measurements of the plasma density. The present paper is based on Cluster observations of chorus waves. The ability to use measurements of the spacecraft potential as a proxy for high time resolution electron density measurements is exploited to identify a number of cases when increased chorus wave power, observed within the radiation belts, is observed simultaneously with density enchantments. It is argued that the observation of ducted propagation of chorus implies modification of numerical models for plasma-wave interactions within the radiation belts.

  7. General Information about Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

    ... duct cancer include jaundice and pain in the abdomen. These and other signs and symptoms may be ... Dark urine . Clay colored stool . Pain in the abdomen . Fever . Itchy skin. Nausea and vomiting . Weight loss ...

  8. Treatment Options for Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

    ... duct cancer include jaundice and pain in the abdomen. These and other signs and symptoms may be ... Dark urine . Clay colored stool . Pain in the abdomen . Fever . Itchy skin. Nausea and vomiting . Weight loss ...

  9. Stages of Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

    ... duct cancer include jaundice and pain in the abdomen. These and other signs and symptoms may be ... Dark urine . Clay colored stool . Pain in the abdomen . Fever . Itchy skin. Nausea and vomiting . Weight loss ...

  10. Treatment Option Overview (Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer)

    ... duct cancer include jaundice and pain in the abdomen. These and other signs and symptoms may be ... Dark urine . Clay colored stool . Pain in the abdomen . Fever . Itchy skin. Nausea and vomiting . Weight loss ...


    Janet E.R. Mcllvaine; David Beal; Philip Fairey


    By removing air distribution and conditioning equipment from unconditioned spaces, homeowners stand to benefit substantially with respect to both energy savings and indoor air quality. Duct leakage introduces: Greater heating and cooling loads from air at extreme temperatures and humidity levels; Outside air and air from unconditioned spaces that may contain air borne contaminants, combustion gases, pollen, mold spores, and/or particles of building materials; and Higher whole-house infiltration/exfiltration rates. Exemplary studies conducted since 1990 have demonstrated the prevalence of duct leakage throughout the United States and measured energy savings of approximately 20% during both heating and cooling seasons from leakage reduction. These all dealt with duct leakage to and/or from unconditioned spaces. In the building science community, leakage within the conditioned space is generally presumed to eliminate the negative consequences of duct leakage with the exception of possibly creating pressure imbalances in the house which relates to higher infiltration and/or exfiltration. The practical challenges of isolating ducts and air handlers from unconditioned spaces require builders to construct an air-tight environment for the ducts. Florida Solar Energy Center researchers worked with four builders in Texas, North Carolina, and Florida who build a furred-down chase located either in a central hallway or at the edges of rooms as an architectural detail. Some comparison homes with duct systems in attics and crawl spaces were included in the test group of more than 20 homes. Test data reveals that all of the duct/AHU systems built inside the conditioned space had lower duct leakage to unconditioned spaces than their conventional counterparts; however, none of the homes was completely free of duct leakage to unconditioned spaces. Common problems included wiring and plumbing penetrations of the chase, failure to treat the chase as an air tight space, and misguided

  12. Effect of shear on duct wall impedance.

    Goldstein, M.; Rice, E.


    The solution to the equation governing the propagation of sound in a uniform shear layer is expressed in terms of parabolic cylinder functions. This result is used to develop a closed-form solution for acoustic wall impedance which accounts for both the duct liner and the presence of a boundary layer in the duct. The effective wall impedance can then be used as the boundary condition for the much simpler problem of sound propagation in uniform flow.

  13. Gas Explosions Mitigation by Ducted Venting


    The mitigation of effects of gas and dust explosions within industrial equipment is effective if venting the combustion products to safe location. The presence of relief duct is however likely to increase the severity of the explosion with respect to equipment vented to open atmosphere, due to secondary explosions occurring in the initial sections of duct, frictional drag and inertia of the gas column, acoustic and Helmholtz oscillations. The weights of these phenomena on explosion e...

  14. Energy Conservation Through Duct Leakage Reduction


    Energy Conservation Through Duct Leakage Reduction February 26, 2004 Rich Glatt – Lindab Inc. Report Documentation Page Form ApprovedOMB No. 0704...4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Energy Conservation Through Duct Leakage Reduction 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6...Wall – DW that installs like SW - easiest installing DW system on the market – Eliminates the need for costly flanged connections – SMACNA Leakage

  15. Amputation neuroma mimics common hepatic duct carcinoma.

    Koike, N; Todoroki, T; Kawamoto, T; Inagawa, S; Yoshida, S; Fukao, K


    Most amputation neuromas of the biliary tract occur in the cystic duct stump after cholecystectomy and are asymptomatic. However, when they arise in the main hepatic duct and are associated with obstructive jaundice, it is difficult to distinguish them from carcinoma. We describe a case in which preoperative differential diagnosis was difficult. A 60-year-old man was admitted to the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, with a chief complaint of jaundice. Cholangiography showed an irregularly elevated nodular lesion on the lateral wall of the common hepatic duct and multiple floating stones in the choledochus. Ultrasonography and computed tomography revealed one-sided regional thickening of the common hepatic duct associated with dilatation of the intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile ducts. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 level was markedly elevated to 11,200 IU/mL in the bile juice, but was only 38 IU/mL in the serum, below the limit of abnormality. Cholangioscopy showed papillary tumor with coarse granular surface mimicking papillary carcinoma, but biopsy revealed no malignancy. The patient underwent hepaticocholedochus resection. Although the macroscopic finding from the surgical specimens was papillary carcinoma of the common hepatic duct penetrating to the hepatoduodenal ligament, histopathological examination revealed an amputation neuroma consisting of hypertrophic nerve tissues and giant cells containing foreign bodies, probably as a consequence of a previous cholecystectomy. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient has been living well for the 5 years since the resection.

  16. A Comparison of Simulation Capabilities for Ducts

    Miller, William A [ORNL; Smith, Matt K [ORNL; Gu, Lixing [Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC); New, Joshua Ryan [ORNL


    Typically, the cheapest way to install a central air conditioning system in residential buildings is to place the ductwork in the attic. Energy losses due to duct-attic interactions can be great, but current whole-house models are unable to capture the dynamic multi-mode physics of the interactions. The building industry is notoriously fragmented and unable to devote adequate research resources to solve this problem. Builders are going to continue to put ducts in the attic because floor space is too expensive to closet them within living space, and there are both construction and aesthetic issues with other approaches such as dropped ceilings. Thus, there is a substantial need to publicly document duct losses and the cost of energy used by ducts in attics so that practitioners, builders, homeowners and state and federal code officials can make informed decisions leading to changes in new construction and additional retrofit actions. Thus, the goal of this study is to conduct a comparison of AtticSim and EnergyPlus simulation algorithms to identify specific features for potential inclusion in EnergyPlus that would allow higher-fidelity modeling of HVAC operation and duct transport of conditioned air. It is anticipated that the resulting analysis from these simulation tools will inform energy decisions relating to the role of ducts in future building energy codes and standards.

  17. Double common bile duct: A case report

    Srdjan P Djuranovic; Milenko B Ugljesic; Nenad S Mijalkovic; Viktorija A Korneti; Nada V Kovacevic; Tamara M Alempijevic; Slaven V Radulovic; Dragan V Tomic; Milan M Spuran


    Double common bile duct (DCBD) is a rare congenital anomaly in which two common bile ducts exist. One usually has normal drainage into the papilla duodeni major and the other usually named accessory common bile duct (ACBD) opens in different parts of upper gastrointestinal tract (stomach, duodenum, ductus pancreaticus or septum). This anomaly is of great importance since it is often associated with biliary lithiasis, choledochal cyst, anomalous pancreaticobiliary junction (APBJ) and upper gastrointestinal tract malignancies. We recently recognized a rare case of DCBD associated with APBJ with lithiasis in better developed common bile duct. The opening site of ACBD was in the pancreatic duct. The anomaly was suspected by transabdominal ultrasonography and finally confirmed by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) followed by endoscopic sphincterotomy and stone extraction. According to the literature, the existence of DCBD with the opening of ACBD in the pancreatic duct is most frequently associated with APBJ and gallbladder carcinoma. In case of DCBD, the opening site of ACBD is of greatest clinical importance because of its close implications with concomitant pathology. The adequate diagnosis of this rare anomaly is significant since the operative complications may occur in cases with DCBD which is not recognized prior to surgical treatment.

  18. Radiologic findings of thoracic trauma

    Akgul Ozmen C


    Full Text Available Cihan Akgul Ozmen,1 Serdar Onat,2 Delal Aycicek3 1Department of Radiology, 2Department of Chest Surgery, Dicle University School of Medicine, Diyarbakir, 3Radiology Unit, Siirt State Hospital, Siirt, Turkey Introduction: Chest trauma may be blunt or penetrating and the chest is the third most common trauma region. It is a significant cause of mortality. Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT has been an increasingly used method to evaluate chest trauma because of its high success in detecting tissue and organ injuries. Herein, we aimed to present MDCT findings in patients with blunt and penetrating chest trauma admitted to our department. Methods: A total of 240 patients admitted to the emergency department of our hospital between April 2012 and July 2013 with a diagnosis of chest trauma who underwent MDCT evaluations were included. Most of the patients were male (83.3% and victims of a blunt chest trauma. The images were analyzed with respect to the presence of fractures of bony structures, hemothorax, pneumothorax, mediastinal organ injury, and pulmonary and vascular injuries. Results: MDCT images of the 240 patients yielded a prevalence of 41.7% rib fractures, 11.2% scapular fractures, and 7.5% clavicle fractures. The prevalence of thoracic vertebral fracture was 13.8% and that of sternal fracture was 3.8%. The prevalence of hemothorax, pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema was 34.6%, 62.1%, 9.6%, and 35.4%, respectively. The prevalence of rib, clavicle, and thoracic vertebral fractures and pulmonary contusion was higher in the blunt trauma group, whereas the prevalence of hemothorax, subcutaneous emphysema, diaphragmatic injury, and other vascular lacerations was significantly higher in the penetrating trauma group than in the blunt trauma group (p<0.05. Conclusion: MDCT images may yield a high prevalence of fracture of bony structures, soft tissue lacerations, and vascular lesions, which should be well understood by

  19. Shoulder Pain After Thoracic Surgery

    Blichfeldt-Eckhardt, Morten R; Andersen, Claus; Ørding, Helle


    OBJECTIVES: To study the time course of ipsilateral shoulder pain after thoracic surgery with respect to incidence, pain intensity, type of pain (referred versus musculoskeletal), and surgical approach. DESIGN: Prospective, observational cohort study. SETTING: Odense University Hospital, Denmark...... for musculoskeletal involvement (muscle tenderness on palpation and movement) with follow-up 12 months after surgery. Clinically relevant pain was defined as a numeric rating scale score>3. Of the 60 patients included, 47 (78%) experienced ipsilateral shoulder pain, but only 25 (42%) reported clinically relevant...... shoulder pain. On postoperative day 4, 19 patients (32%) still suffered shoulder pain, but only 4 patients (7%) had clinically relevant pain. Four patients (8%) still suffered shoulder pain 12 months after surgery. In 26 patients (55%), the shoulder pain was classified as referred versus 21 patients (45...


    Rahele Mehraeen


    Full Text Available Hydatid disease primarily affects the liver and typically demonstrates characteristic imaging findings.There are many potential local complications as intrahepatic complications, exophytic growth, transdiaphragmatic thoracic involvement, perforation into hollow viscera, peritoneal seeding, biliary communication, portal vein involvement and abdominal wall invasion. Rupture of a hydatid cyst into the biliary tract is the most common complication of hepatic hydatid cyst. This is due to the incorporation of biliary radicles into the pericyst. Itmay occur in three routes; namely, contained,communicating and direct. When the cyst contents escape via biliary or bronchial radicles, the rupture is communicating. Cysto-biliary communications can either be occult or frank and the frank CBC accounts for only 5%-15% of the cases. It occurs in the right duct in 55-60% of cases, in the left duct in 25- 30%, and rarely in the confluence or gallbladder. Although communication with the intrahepatic bile ducts is common, its occurrence between a hepatic hydatid cyst and the common bile duct is rare. We present an unusual case of a fistulous communication between a hepatic hydatid cyst and CBD and frank cyst evacuation in a 42-year-old man. The sonographic, abdominal CT scan and MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP features have been discussed. The purpose of this report is to draw attention to this rare occurrence and to highlight the presentation and the imaging features of it.

  1. Transduodenal exploration of the common bile duct in patients with nondilated ducts.

    Ratych, R E; Sitzmann, J V; Lillemoe, K D; Yeo, C J; Cameron, J L


    Exploration of the small common bile duct can be technically difficult and is associated with a significant risk of ductal injury or late stricture, or both. Transduodenal common duct exploration after sphincteroplasty (TCDE/S) is an alternative method of duct exploration that avoids choledochotomy. Cholecystectomy followed by TCDE/S was performed upon 28 patients with nondilated ducts and suspected choledocholithiasis. Common duct stones were retrieved in 17 patients. Failure to retrieve stones in the remaining 11 patients was attributed to either false-positive results of cholangiography, forceful passage of stones into the duodenum during the initial insertion of a Fogarty catheter through the cystic duct or a false-negative finding at duct exploration. There was no perioperative mortality. Two patients had asymptomatic postoperative hyperamylasemia. One patient had postoperative pancreatitis, hyperbilirubinemia and cholangitis that resolved with antibiotic therapy by the eighth postoperative day. Other complications included wound infection, delayed gastric emptying, pneumonia and otitis media. The over-all morbidity rate was 28.6 per cent. Long term follow-up was obtained in all 28 patients. All patients in the follow-up group are free of recurrent biliary tract disease. TCDE/S appears to be a safe and effective method of exploring the nondilated common bile duct.

  2. Ultrasound appearance of chronic mammary duct ectasia

    Duchesne, N. [Ottawa Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)]. E-mail:; Skolnik, S. [Univ. of Toronto, Dept. of Family Medicine, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Bilmer, S. [Ottawa Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)


    Mammary duct ectasia (MDE), also called periductal mastitis, mammary dysplasia, or plasma cell mastitis, is a benign condition of the mammary gland first described by Haagensen in 1951. The etiology of MDE is unknown and its pathogenesis still controversial; the periductal inflammation could be either the cause or the result of dilated damaged ducts. The process is usually bilateral and asymptomatic, with only a small percentage of patients presenting with symptoms that may include long course of tumour formation, usually subareolar breast lumps, nipple discharge, nipple retraction, mastalgia, and mammary abscess or fistulas. Mammographic presentation of MDE is well known; its features include periductal calcification, benign intraductal calcification, and retroareolar duct dilatation. The periductal calcification results from dystrophic calcification and forms calcified rings or very dense, oval, elongated calcifications, each with a central lucency representing the dilated duct. Intraductal calcifications of duct ectasia represent inspissated intraductal material and are typically of uniform high density, often needle-like, and occasionally branching. Occasionally, there are no mammographic findings, and the diagnosis must rely on sonographic features. Appearance of MDE on ultrasonography (US) depends on the stage of the disease and the contents of the dilated ducts. The acute presentation has been demonstrated in the literature more often than has its chronic counterpart. In the former, duct content can vary from anechoic to isoechoic with surrounding fatty tissue. In chronic MDE, episodes of inflammation are longer. This tends to result in secretions that have a more solid, cheesy texture, partly due to cholesterol crystals, foam cells, and inflammatory cells. For both types of MDE, the appearance can mimic high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) on US. In this essay, 2 chronic MDE cases are presented and their US appearance discussed. Our goal is to explore

  3. The relationship between different ischemia time of non-heart beating liver graft and bile duct ischemia/reperfusion in rat liver transplantation%大鼠肝移植供肝热缺血时间与胆道损伤的关系

    邰强; 王国栋; 何晓顺; 杨建安; 朱晓峰; 马毅; 巫林伟; 鞠卫强; 胡安斌; 王东平


    目的 探讨大鼠心源性死亡(DCD)供肝不同的热缺血时间与胆道缺血再灌注损伤的关系.方法 采用无肝素化的大鼠DCD供体肝移植模型,按供肝的热缺血时间分为0 min(WI0),10 min(WI10)、15 min(WI15)3组,每组36对大鼠.术后动态观察大鼠胆道病理改变及其并发症、肝功能指标,最后统计总体生存率.结果 供肝热缺血小于10 min时,术后胆道病理改变较轻且为可逆性改变,肝功能恢复较快;供肝热缺血时间为15 min时,术后胆道病理改变较重且为不可逆性改变,肝功能恢复延迟;3组胆道并发症的发生率差异有统计学意义(5.56%比8.33%比16.67%,P<0.05).WI0组和WI10组的大鼠术后4周生存率差异无统计学意义(83.33%比77.78%,P>0.05),而与WI15组比较4周生存率的差异有统计学意义(83.33%比58.33%,77.78%比58.33%,P<0.05).结论 无肝素化的大鼠DCD供肝热缺血时间超过15 min时,移植术后胆道损伤明显,可导致不可逆改变.%Objective To elucidate the relationship between different ischemia time of Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) liver graft and bile duct ischemia/reperfusion in rat liver transplantation. Methods We chose improved rat liver transplantation mold for the research. The rats were divided into three groups by different warm ischemia time ( WI), such as,0 min ( WI0, n = 36), 10 min ( WI10, n = 36 ), 15 min ( WI5, n = 36). We analyzed the recipient survival rate, biliary complication, liver function and pathology after operation in the three groups. Results There were significantly differences in the WI0, WI10 and WI15 group in biliary complication (5.56% vs 8.33% vs 16.67% ,P <0.05). When ischemia time was in 10min,the pathology change is littler and the liver function recover faster than WI15 group. The change was recoverable in 10min but not above 15min. There were no difference between WI0 and WI10 group in four week's survival rate ( 83.33% vs 77.78%, P > 0.05 ). There were

  4. The "flying" bile duct: avulsion of the common bile duct in a plane crash survivor.

    Mohan, H


    Blunt trauma is an unusual cause of extrahepatic bile duct injury. This is a case of a 51-year-old gentleman who sustained a significant seatbelt injury in a plane crash. Laparotomy, performed due to persistent abdominal pain, revealed that the common bile duct (CBD) was completely avulsed from the duodenum. Following insertion of drains and transfer to a hepatobiliary centre, the devascularised CBD was excised and replaced with a roux-en-y hepaticojejunostomy. Necrotic tissue was debrided from the pancreatic head. A persistent bile leak developed from the sub-hepatic drain. Repeat laparotomy revealed a bile leak from small ducts on the liver surface. Ligation of the ducts and bioglue sealing of the area were successfully performed. Subsequent to this a pancreatic fistula developed from the main pancreatic duct, which has since resolved. This unusual case illustrates the need for prompt recognition and early repair to optimise outcomes in traumatic CBD injury.

  5. PET-Based Thoracic Radiation Oncology.

    Simone, Charles B; Houshmand, Sina; Kalbasi, Anusha; Salavati, Ali; Alavi, Abass


    Fluorodeoxyglucose-PET is increasingly being integrated into multiple aspects of oncology. PET/computed tomography (PET/CT) has become especially important in radiation oncology. With the increasing use of advanced techniques like intensity-modulated radiation therapy and proton therapy, PET/CT scans have played critical roles in the target delineation of tumors for radiation oncologists delivering conformal treatment techniques. Use of PET/CT is well established in lung cancer and several other thoracic malignancies. This article details the current uses of PET/CT in thoracic radiation oncology with a focus on lung cancer and describes expected future roles of PET/CT for thoracic tumors.

  6. Proteomic profiling of nuclear fractions from native renal inner medullary collecting duct cells.

    Pickering, Christina M; Grady, Cameron; Medvar, Barbara; Emamian, Milad; Sandoval, Pablo C; Zhao, Yue; Yang, Chin-Rang; Jung, Hyun Jun; Chou, Chung-Lin; Knepper, Mark A


    The control of renal water excretion occurs in part by regulation of transcription in response to vasopressin in cells of the collecting duct. A systems biology-based approach to understanding transcriptional control in renal collecting duct cells depends on knowledge of what transcription factors and other regulatory proteins are present in the cells' nuclei. The goal of this article is to report comprehensive proteomic profiling of cellular fractions enriched in nuclear proteins from native inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells of the rat. Multidimensional separation procedures and state-of-the art protein mass spectrometry produced 18 GB of spectral data that allowed the high-stringency identification of 5,048 proteins in nuclear pellet (NP) and nuclear extract (NE) fractions of biochemically isolated rat IMCD cells (URL: The analysis identified 369 transcription factor proteins out of the 1,371 transcription factors coded by the rat genome. The analysis added 1,511 proteins to the recognized proteome of rat IMCD cells, now amounting to 8,290 unique proteins. Analysis of samples treated with the vasopressin analog dDAVP (1 nM for 30 min) or its vehicle revealed 99 proteins in the NP fraction and 88 proteins in the NE fraction with significant changes in spectral counts (Fisher exact test, P < 0.005). Among those altered by vasopressin were seven distinct histone proteins, all of which showed decreased abundance in the NP fraction, consistent with a possible effect of vasopressin to induce chromatin remodeling. The results provide a data resource for future studies of vasopressin-mediated transcriptional regulation in the renal collecting duct.

  7. Effect of Yitangkang on diabetic rat adipose tissue PPARr and morphology of thoracic aorta%中药复方益糖康对糖尿病大鼠脂肪组织PPAR及胸主动脉形态的影响

    张冰冰; 石岩


    Objective: To observe the effect of Yitangkang on diabetic rat adipose tissue PPARr and morphology of thoracic aorta.Methods: 40 Wistar rats of clean grade with a high fat diet for 4 weeks, then, intraperitoneal injection of STZ (STZ)for modeling.The model was randomly divided into model group and treatment group.Control group and model group was given with distilled water, and the treatment group was given with Yitangkang.The treatment course lasted for 4 weeks, then, the white adipose tissue of rat testicles was preserved into liquid nitrogen, RT-PCR was used to assay adipose tissue gene expression of PPARr.Results: The adipose tissue PPARr mRNA expression was significantly lower compared with control group (P<0.01),treatment group PPARr mRNA expression was significantly higher than the model group (P<0.01), compared with the control group, there was no significant difference.Compared with model group, in treatment group, there were significant differences in the number of thoracic aorta and extent of disease.Conclusion: The results suggested that Yitangkang can raise gene expression of PPARr of diabetic rats and improve the endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells and elastic membrane structure and arrangement,which may be the mechanism of Yitangkang in treating macroangiopathy of diabetes at early stage.%目的:观察中药复方"益糖康"对糖尿病大鼠脂肪组织过氧化物酶增殖体激活型受体r(PPARr)及胸主动脉形态的影响.方法:清洁级Wistar大鼠40只用高脂饲料饲养4周后,一次性腹腔注射链脲佐菌素(STZ)造模,将造模成功的大鼠用随机数字表法将其随机分为模型组和益糖康治疗组.正常组和模型组以蒸馏水灌胃,治疗组的大鼠用益糖康煎剂灌胃,4周后3组大鼠睾周白色脂肪组织放入液氮中保存,用RT-PCR法检测脂肪组织中PPARr基因表达.结果:模型组脂肪组织PPARr mRNA表达量较正常组明显降低(P<0.01),治疗组PPARrmRNA表达

  8. Transurethral resection of the ejaculatory duct.

    Paick, J S


    Complete bilateral ejaculatory duct obstruction has long been recognized as an uncommon, treatable form of male infertility. Partial ejaculatory duct obstruction reflects a disturbance of ejaculation where sperm quality is impaired during transit through the distal vas deferens and ejaculatory ducts. With the advent and increased use of high-resolution transrectal ultrasonography, abnormalities of the distal ejaculatory ducts related to infertility have been well documented. Although there are no pathognomonic findings associated with ejaculatory duct obstruction, several clinical findings are highly suggestive. In an infertile man with oligospermia or azoospermia with low ejaculate volume, normal secondary sexual characteristics, testes and hormonal profile and dilated seminal vesicles, midline cyst, or calcification on transrectal ultrasonography, ejaculatory duct obstruction is suggested. Of course, other causes of infertility may be concomitantly present and need to be searched for and treated as well. In selected cases, transurethral resection has resulted in marked improvement in semen parameters and pregnancies have been achieved. As is the case with all surgical procedures, proper patient selection and surgical experience are necessary to obtain optimal results. However, it appears that the treatments currently available for relief of ejaculatory obstruction are not optimally effective. Only approximately one half of treated patients will have an improvement in semen parameters and only about one quarter of treated patients will contribute to a pregnancy. What remains to be determined is how to manage the additional nearly 50% of patients who do not benefit from transurethral resection of ejaculatory obstruction. Based on my experience, I suggest that transrectal ultrasonography should be the first diagnostic procedure used when infertile men are suspected of having ejaculatory duct obstruction; however, vasography should still be considered for a more

  9. Needlescopic video-assisted thoracic surgery for reversal of thoracic sympathectomy.

    Wong, Randolph H L; Ng, Calvin S H; Wong, Jasper K W; Tsang, Susanna


    Thoracic sympathectomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure for the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis. However, one major complication of such a procedure is compensatory truncal hyperhidrosis. We describe an extreme case of compensatory truncal hyperhidrosis and anhidrosis over the head and neck region which led to a heatstroke. Bilateral reoperative needlescopic video-assisted thoracic surgery was performed for the reversal of thoracic sympathectomy with an interposition intercostal nerve graft. The patient's truncal hyperhidrosis resolved gradually over 1 month following the reversal procedure.

  10. Salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland

    Mona Mlika


    Full Text Available Salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland is an uncommon tumor, highly aggressive. About 200 cases have been reported in the English literature. Pathomorphologically, these tumors showed great similarities to ductal carcinoma of the female breast, which is why they described this tumor as "salivary duct carcinoma." The authors describe a new case of salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland. We present the case of a 50-year-old patient with progressive facial paralysis. The MRI examination of the head showed two ill-defined formations. A malignant tumor was strongly suspected, so that a total left parotidectomy with excision of the adjacent facial nerve and left lymph node dissection was performed. Microscopic examination concluded to a salivary duct carcinoma of the left parotid gland negative with Her2/neu antibody with lymph node metastasis. There were no recurrences or metastases within 3 years of follow-up. Salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland is a rare tumor with an aggressive behavior. This is due to its propensity to infiltrate distant organs. The diagnosis is based on microscopic examination. Treatment modalities are non-consensual, but some authors advocate the necessity of aggressive approach, especially in tumors negative with Heur2/neu antibody. This is due to the fact that the overexpression of this antigen was reported to be associated with a poor prognosis.

  11. Characterization of flow in a scroll duct

    Begg, E. K.; Bennett, J. C.


    A quantitative, flow visualization study was made of a partially elliptic cross section, inward curving duct (scroll duct), with an axial outflow through a vaneless annular cutlet. The working fluid was water, with a Re(d) of 40,000 at the inlet to the scroll duct, this Reynolds number being representative of the conditions in an actual gas turbine scroll. Both still and high speed moving pictures of fluorescein dye injected into the flow and illuminated by an argon ion laser were used to document the flow. Strong secondary flow, similar to the secondary flow in a pipe bend, was found in the bottom half of the scroll within the first 180 degs of turning. The pressure field set up by the turning duct was strong enough to affect the inlet flow condition. At 90 degs downstream, the large scale secondary flow was found to be oscillatory in nature. The exit flow was nonuniform in the annular exit. By 270 degs downstream, the flow appeared unorganized with no distinctive secondary flow pattern. Large scale structures from the upstream core region appeared by 90 degs and continued through the duct to reenter at the inlet section.

  12. Numerical simulation of flow past circular duct

    Ze-gao YIN; Xian-wei Cao; Hong-da SHI; Jian MA


    The Renormalization Group(RNG)k-ε turbulence model and Volume of Fluid(VOF)method were employed to simulate the flow past a circular duct in order to obtain and analyze hydraulic parameters.According to various upper and bottom gap ratios,the force on the duct was calculated.When the bottom gap ratio is 0,the drag force coefficient,lift force coefficient,and composite force reach their maximum values,and the azimuth reaches its minimum.With an increase of the bottom gap ratio from 0 to 1,the drag force coefficient and composite force decrease sharply,and the lift force coefficient does not decreases so much,but the azimuth increases dramatically.With a continuous increase of the bottom gap ratio from 1 upward,the drag force coefficient,lift force coefficient,composite force,and azimuth vary little.Thus,the bottom gap ratio is the key factor influencing the force on the circular duct.When the bottom gap ratio is less than 1,the upper gap ratio has a remarkable influence on the force of the circular duct.When the bottom gap ratio is greater than 1,the variation of the upper gap ratio has little influence on the force of the circular duct.

  13. Convolution seal for transition duct in turbine system

    Flanagan, James Scott; LeBegue, Jeffrey Scott; McMahan, Kevin Weston; Dillard, Daniel Jackson; Pentecost, Ronnie Ray


    A turbine system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the turbine system includes a transition duct. The transition duct includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The transition duct further includes an interface feature for interfacing with an adjacent transition duct. The turbine system further includes a convolution seal contacting the interface feature to provide a seal between the interface feature and the adjacent transition duct.

  14. Obstructed Bile Duct as a Trigger for Microbe's Translocation?


    To assess the potential mechanisms of bacterial translocation in a murine model of obstructive jaundice. Methods: Adult rats were randomized to be operated on for ligation or sham-ligation of the common bile duct. Bacterial translocation to the mesenteric lymph nodes (MLNs), liver, spleen, portal blood and systemic circulation and bacterial population levels in the ceca were quantitated after 7 and 14 days. The terminal ilea were histologically examined by light and transmission electron microscopy. Results: Bacterial translocation to the MNLs was seen in both 7 (10/17) and 14 (11/18) day ligated animals, but not found in their corresponding controls (both 0/8). No significant difference in the cecal bacterial population levels was found between the ligated groups and their corresponding control groups, also between the two subgroups that were set up within each ligated group according to the presence or absence of bacteria in the MLNs. In the ligated rats, light microscopy demonstrated subepithelial edema in association with infiltration of flammatory cells and, transmission electron microscopy showed that the enterocytes were injured with abnormal microvilli, swollen mitochondria, unclear endoplasmic reticulum and cytoplasm with bubble degeneration. However, the ilea from the controls appeared normal. Conclusions: Obstructive jaundice promotes bacterial translocation in rats. The gut mucosal damage rather than the intestinal bacterial overgrowth may play a crucial role in bacterial translocation.

  15. Congenital dilatation of the large and segmental intrahepatic bile ducts (Caroli's disease in two Golden retriever littermates : clinical communication

    R.D. Last


    Full Text Available Two, sibling, male Golden retriever puppies, 13 weeks of age, were presented with congenital biliary cysts of the liver involving both hepatic and segmental bile ducts, as well as bilateral polycystic kidney disease. Ultrasonography of the livers of both pups demonstrated segmental cystic lesions that were contiguous with the bile ducts. Histopathology revealed cystic ectatic bile duct hyperplasia and dysplasia with variable portal fibrosis in the liver, while in the kidneys there were radially arranged, cylindrically dilated cysts of the collecting ducts, which extended through the medulla and cortex. This pathology was compatible with that of congenital dilatation of the large and segmental bile ducts (Caroli's disease described in humans, dogs and rats. In humans Caroli's disease has an autosomal recessive inheritance pattern, while in rats activation of the MEK5/ERK cascade initiates the biliary dysgenesis of Caroli's disease in this species. However, the exact mode of inheritance and pathogenesis of Caroli's disease in dogs is as yet unknown. Previous reports on congenital hepatic cystic diseases of the dog have described Caroli's disease like lesions in various breeds, but these are believed to be the 1st reported cases in the Golden retriever breed.

  16. Experience Of Thoracic Surgery Performed Under Difficult ...

    Results: Thoracic surgery was performed in 32 patients in Medina Hospital. Most of these ... We had two post-operative complications and 2 patients died after having surgery for .... (long standing chest drains, pleural fenestration) and being in ...

  17. March 2016 Arizona thoracic society ntoes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. The March 2016 Arizona Thoracic Society meeting was held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Scottsdale Shea Hospital beginning at 6:30 PM. This was a dinner meeting with case presentations. There were 17 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and radiology communities. Of note, Dr. Elijah Poulos drove from Flagstaff to attend the meeting. Dr. Rick Robbins gave a summary of ATS Hill Day and the possibility of collecting dues for the Arizona Thoracic Society along with American Thoracic Society dues. Dr. Robbins also presented the results of emailing the Table of Contents of the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care to the ATS members in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada along with listing the contents in Inspirations the California Thoracic Society newsletter. The number of page views doubled over usual the following day. Dr. George Parides presented a short presentation on whether coccidioidomycosis nodules ...

  18. An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement

    Slatore, Christopher G; Horeweg, Nanda; Jett, James R


    : In this research statement from the American Thoracic Society, a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, and patient advocates reviewed available evidence for pulmonary nodule evaluation, characterized six focus areas to direct future research efforts, and identified fundamental gaps in knowledge...

  19. The effects of simultaneous revascularization on the expression of TNF-α during bile duct ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats liver transplantation%双重血流同时开放对大鼠肝移植胆管TNF-α表达的影响

    张毅; 冉艳; 叶启发


    目的 探讨门静脉、肝动脉双重血流同时开放对大鼠肝移植胆道缺血/再灌注(I/R)损伤中的TNF-α表达的影响.方法 选用雄性SD大鼠建立大鼠自体原位肝移植模型,随机分为双重血流同时开放组(P组)、门静脉先开放组(N组)和假手术对照组(S组),供肝再灌注后检测血清ALT、AST、GGT、AKP、TBiL及DBiL水平,比色法测定髓过氧化物酶(MPO)含量,RT-PCR法检测胆管组织TNF-α、mRNA表达.结果 肝脏再灌注后6 h及24 h两个时点P组的GGT水平明显低于N组水平(P<0.05);肝脏再灌注后24 h,P组的AKP、TBiL、DBiL水平及胆管损伤病理学评分明显低于N组水平(P<0.05);再灌注后6 h,N组大鼠肝组织的MPO含量明显高于P组(P<0.05);供肝再灌注后2h、6h,P组大鼠肝组织TNF-α mRNA的相对表达水平明显低于N组(P<0.05).结论 门静脉、肝动脉双重血流同时开放,有利于减轻肝移植物胆管组织的I/R损伤;其机制可能与TNF-α表达水平的降低以及中性粒细胞(PMN)浸润的减少有关.%Objective To investigate the effects of simultaneous hepatic artery and portal revaseularization on the expression of TNF-α during bile duet ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats liver transplantation.Methods Male Spragne-Dawley rats were used to establish an autologous orthotopic liver transphmtation model.Model rats were random divided two groups,simultaneous revascularization group(sroup P)and portal vein revascularization group(group N).The animals were separately killed at the 2nd hour,6th hour and 24th hour after reperfusion.Plasma samples were collected for ALT,AST,GGT,AKP,TBiL and DBiL test.Bile duct tissues were collected to detect the histolosical changes,MPO activit,and the expression of TNF-α mRNA.Results The serum levels of GGT in group P was significantly lower than that in group N at the 6th hour and 24th hour after reperfusion(P<0.05).And the serum levels of AKP,TBiL and DBiL and the morphological scores of

  20. Non-intubated anesthesia in thoracic surgery-technical issues.

    Kiss, Gabor; Castillo, Maria


    Performing awake thoracic surgery (ATS) is technically more challenging than thoracic surgery under general anesthesia (GA), but it can result in a greater benefit for the patient. Local wound infiltration and lidocaine administration in the pleural space can be considered for ATS. More invasive techniques are local wound infiltration with wound catheter insertion, thoracic wall blocks, selective intercostal nerve blockade, thoracic paravertebral blockade and thoracic epidural analgesia, offering the advantage of a catheter placement which can also be continued for postoperative analgesia.

  1. Expression of HLA–B27 Causes Loss of Migratory Dendritic Cells in a Rat Model of Spondylarthritis

    Utriainen, Lotta; Firmin, Dawn; Wright, Pamela; Cerovic, Vuk; Breban, Maxime; McInnes, Iain; Milling, Simon


    Objective In rats transgenic for human HLA–B27 and β2-microglobulin (B27-transgenic rats), colitis and peripheral inflammation develop spontaneously. Therefore, B27-transgenic rats provide a model of spondylarthritis. Because inflammation in these rats requires CD4+ T lymphocytes and involves intestinal pathology, we hypothesized that dendritic cells (DCs) that migrate from the intestine and control CD4+ T cell differentiation would be aberrant in B27-transgenic rats. Methods Migrating intestinal lymph DCs were collected via thoracic duct cannulation from B27-transgenic and control (HLA–B7–transgenic or nontransgenic) rats. The phenotypes of these DCs and of mesenteric lymph node DCs were assessed by flow cytometry. The ability of DCs to differentiate from bone marrow precursors in vitro was also assessed. Results Lymph DCs showed increased activation and, strikingly, lacked the specific DC population that is important for maintaining tolerance to self-antigens. This population of DCs was also depleted from the mesenteric lymph nodes of B27-transgenic rats. Furthermore, in vitro culture of DCs from bone marrow precursors revealed a defect in the ability of B27-transgenic rats to produce DCs of the migratory phenotype, although the DCs that were generated induced enhanced interleukin-17 (IL-17) production from naive CD4+ T cells. Conclusion We describe 2 different mechanisms by which HLA–B27 may contribute to inflammatory disease: increased apoptotic death of B27-transgenic DCs that normally function to maintain immunologic tolerance and enhanced IL-17 production from CD4+ T cells stimulated by the surviving B27-transgenic DCs. PMID:22674414

  2. Calcification of thoracic aorta - solar eclipse sign.

    Dhoble, Abhijeet; Puttarajappa, Chethan


    Calcification of thoracic aorta is very common in old people, especially ones with hypertension. This can sometime be visible on plain chest radiograph. We present a case of a male patient who had extensive deposition of calcium in the thoracic aorta. The relationship between aortic calcification and coronary atherosclerosis remains contentious. Computed tomography of the thorax can display this calcification which appears like 'solar eclipse'.

  3. Puncture of thoracic lesions under sonographic guidance.

    Afschrift, M; Nachtegaele, P; Voet, D; Noens, L.; Van Hove, W; Van der Straeten, M; Verdonk, G


    Thirty-six punctures of thoracic lesions have been performed with a compound B-scanner or a real-time linear-array scanner for guidance. Twenty-three fluid collections were punctured and aspiration biopsies were performed on 13 echogenic lesions. All the punctures were successful at the first attempt. No complications occurred. The results confirm the usefulness of sonography for guiding punctures of thoracic fluid effusions and solid masses. Usually a static B-scanner is sufficient, but when...


    Chen Hua-jun; Zhang Ben-zhao; Zhang Jin-suo


    A numerical study is made for a fully developed laminar flow in rotating helical pipes.Due to the rotation, the Coriolis force can also contribute to the secondary flow.The interaction between rotation, torsion, and curvature complicates the flow characteristics.The effects of rotation and torsion on the flow transitions are studied in details.The results show that there are obvious differences between the flow in rotating ducts and in helical ducts without rotation.Certain hitherto unknown flow patterns are found.The effects of rotation and torsion on the friction factor are also examined.Present results show the characteristics of the fluid flow in rotating helical square ducts.

  5. Acoustic energy in ducts - Further observations

    Eversman, W.


    The transmission of acoustic energy in uniform ducts carrying uniform flow is investigated with the purpose of clarifying two points of interest. The two commonly used definitions of acoustic 'energy' flux are shown to be related by a Legendre transformation of the Lagrangian density exactly as in deriving the Hamiltonian density in mechanics. In the acoustic case the total energy density and the Hamiltonian density are not the same which accounts for two different 'energy' fluxes. When the duct has acoustically absorptive walls neither of the two flux expressions gives correct results. A reevaluation of the basis of derivation of the energy density and energy flux provides forms which yield consistent results for soft walled ducts.

  6. Physiological Interaction of Heart and Lung in Thoracic Irradiation

    Ghobadi, Ghazaleh; Veen, Sonja van der [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Department of Cell Biology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Bartelds, Beatrijs [Center for Congenital Heart Disease, Beatrix Children Hospital, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Boer, Rudolf A. de [Department of Cardiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Dickinson, Michael G. [Center for Congenital Heart Disease, Beatrix Children Hospital, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Jong, Johan R. de [Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Faber, Hette; Niemantsverdriet, Maarten [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Department of Cell Biology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Brandenburg, Sytze [Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Berger, Rolf M.F. [Center for Congenital Heart Disease, Beatrix Children Hospital, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Langendijk, Johannes A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Coppes, Robert P. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Department of Cell Biology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Luijk, Peter van, E-mail: [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands)


    Introduction: The risk of early radiation-induced lung toxicity (RILT) limits the dose and efficacy of radiation therapy of thoracic tumors. In addition to lung dose, coirradiation of the heart is a known risk factor in the development RILT. The aim of this study was to identify the underlying physiology of the interaction between lung and heart in thoracic irradiation. Methods and Materials: Rat hearts, lungs, or both were irradiated to 20 Gy using high-precision proton beams. Cardiopulmonary performance was assessed using breathing rate measurements and F{sup 18}-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ({sup 18}F-FDG-PET) scans biweekly and left- and right-sided cardiac hemodynamic measurements and histopathology analysis at 8 weeks postirradiation. Results: Two to 12 weeks after heart irradiation, a pronounced defect in the uptake of {sup 18}F-FDG in the left ventricle (LV) was observed. At 8 weeks postirradiation, this coincided with LV perivascular fibrosis, an increase in LV end-diastolic pressure, and pulmonary edema in the shielded lungs. Lung irradiation alone not only increased pulmonary artery pressure and perivascular edema but also induced an increased LV relaxation time. Combined irradiation of lung and heart induced pronounced increases in LV end-diastolic pressure and relaxation time, in addition to an increase in right ventricle end-diastolic pressure, indicative of biventricular diastolic dysfunction. Moreover, enhanced pulmonary edema, inflammation and fibrosis were also observed. Conclusions: Both lung and heart irradiation cause cardiac and pulmonary toxicity via different mechanisms. Thus, when combined, the loss of cardiopulmonary performance is intensified further, explaining the deleterious effects of heart and lung coirradiation. Our findings show for the first time the physiological mechanism underlying the development of a multiorgan complication, RILT. Reduction of dose to either of these organs offers new opportunities to

  7. Thoracic trauma: analysis of 100 consecutive cases

    Maíra Benito Scapolan


    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze thoracic trauma assisted by the EmergencyService of Hospital da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia deSão Paulo. Methods: One hundred patients with thoracic trauma wereassisted throughout six months in 2006. Data from their records werecollected and a protocol of thoracic trauma was fulfilled. The RevisedTrauma Score was used to evaluate gravity of injury and to calculatethe survival index. Results: Prevalence of trauma injury in male from20 to 29 years old was observed. Out of all patients, 44 had blunttrauma and 56 penetrating trauma (78.6% presented stab woundsand 21.4% gun shots. Up to the settings of injuries, 23% were in thethoracoabdominal transition, 7% in the precordium and 70% in theremainder thoracic area. In those with the thoracoabdominal transitioninjury, 22.7% were hemodynamically unstable and 77.3% stable.Thoracoabdominal injury patients presented 40.9% of diaphragmwound and all were stable. Of those with precordium wound, 37.5%presented cardiac injury. In cardiac onset, 66.7% presented stableand 33.3% unstable. Thoracic drainage was the most accomplishedsurgical procedure (71%. Conclusions: The thoracic trauma patientis most prevalently young male with stab wound penetrating injury,without associated injuries, hemodynamically stable, presentinghemothorax, with high probability of survival.

  8. Clinical innovations in Philippine thoracic surgery.

    Danguilan, Jose Luis J


    Thoracic surgery in the Philippines followed the development of thoracic surgery in the United States and Europe. With better understanding of the physiology of the open chest and refinements in thoracic anesthetic and surgical approaches, Filipino surgeons began performing thoracoplasties, then lung resections for pulmonary tuberculosis and later for lung cancer in specialty hospitals dealing with pulmonary diseases-first at the Quezon Institute (QI) and presently at the Lung Center of the Philippines although some university and private hospitals made occasional forays into the chest. Esophageal surgery began its early attempts during the post-World War II era at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), a university hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines. With the introduction of minimally invasive thoracic surgical approaches, Filipino thoracic surgeons have managed to keep up with their Asian counterparts although the problems of financial reimbursement typical of a developing country remain. The need for creative innovative approaches of a focused multidisciplinary team will advance the boundaries of thoracic surgery in the Philippines.

  9. Xylometazoline hydrochloride nasal spray combined with laser artificial nasolacrimal duct implantation for nasolacrimal duct obstruction

    Xiao-Zhao Yang


    Full Text Available AIM: To study the role of xylometazoline hydrochloride nasal spray in combination therapy of nasolacrimal duct obstruction and to investigate the effect of nasal inflammation on nasolacrimal duct obstruction. METHODS: Totally 279 patients with nasolacrimal duct obstruction were collected, who received lacrimal passage irrigation, CT angiography for lacrimal passage and nasal endoscope before treated by lacrimal laser forming and artificial nasolacrimal duct implantation combined with xylometazoline hydrochloride nasal spray. In group A, 137 patients were treated with antibiotic eye drop and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs after operations. In group B, 142 patients were treated with xylometazoline hydrochloride nasal spray besides the same treatment for group A. RESULTS:In the 279 patients 217(77.8%, in which 105 cases(76.6%were in group A and 112 cases(78.9%were in group B, were suffered with nasal inflammation, including nasal mucosal hyperemia, inferior turbinate hypertrophy, middle turbinate hypertrophy. At 3mo after the ducts were drawn, efficacy of group B was 95.8%, which was significant better than that of group A(86.1%, PCONCLUSION: Nasal inflammation was an important factor in the incidence of nasolacrimal duct obstruction, which shoud pay more attention in the process of diagnosis and treatment. Combination therapy could improve the cure rate of nasolacrimal duct obstruction.

  10. Percutaneous treatment of benign bile duct strictures

    Koecher, Martin [Department of Radiology, University Hospital, I.P.Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)]. E-mail:; Cerna, Marie [Department of Radiology, University Hospital, I.P.Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Havlik, Roman [Department of Surgery, University Hospital, I.P.Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Kral, Vladimir [Department of Surgery, University Hospital, I.P.Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Gryga, Adolf [Department of Surgery, University Hospital, I.P.Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Duda, Miloslav [Department of Surgery, University Hospital, I.P.Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)


    Purpose: To evaluate long-term results of treatment of benign bile duct strictures. Materials and methods: From February 1994 to November 2005, 21 patients (9 men, 12 women) with median age of 50.6 years (range 27-77 years) were indicated to percutaneous treatment of benign bile duct stricture. Stricture of hepatic ducts junction resulting from thermic injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy was indication for treatment in one patient, stricture of hepaticojejunostomy was indication for treatment in all other patients. Clinical symptoms (obstructive jaundice, anicteric cholestasis, cholangitis or biliary cirrhosis) have appeared from 3 months to 12 years after surgery. Results: Initial internal/external biliary drainage was successful in 20 patients out of 21. These 20 patients after successful initial drainage were treated by balloon dilatation and long-term internal/external drainage. Sixteen patients were symptoms free during the follow-up. The relapse of clinical symptoms has appeared in four patients 9, 12, 14 and 24 months after treatment. One year primary clinical success rate of treatment for benign bile duct stricture was 94%. Additional two patients are symptoms free after redilatation (15 and 45 months). One patient is still in treatment, one patient died during secondary treatment period without interrelation with biliary intervention. The secondary clinical success rate is 100%. Conclusion: Benign bile duct strictures of hepatic ducts junction or biliary-enteric anastomosis are difficult to treat surgically and endoscopically inaccessible. Percutaneous treatment by balloon dilatation and long-term internal/external drainage is feasible in the majority of these patients. It is minimally invasive, safe and effective.

  11. Classiifcation of iatrogenic bile duct injur y

    Wan-Yee Lau; Eric C.H. Lai


    BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic bile duct injury continues to be an important clinical problem, resulting in serious morbidity, and occasional mortality, to patients. The ease of management, operative risk, and outcome of bile duct injuries vary considerably, and are highly dependent on the type of injury and its location. This article reviews the various classiifcation systems of bile duct injury. DATA SOURCES: A Medline, PubMed database search was performed to identify relevant articles using the keywords"bile duct injury", "cholecystectomy", and “classiifcation”. Additional papers were identiifed by a manual search of the references from the key articles. RESULTS: Traditionally, biliary injuries have been classiifed using the Bismuth's classiifcation. This classiifcation, which originated from the era of open surgery, is intended to help the surgeons to choose the appropriate technique for the repair, and it has a good correlation with the ifnal outcome after surgical repair. However, the Bismuth's classiifcation does not encompass the whole spectrum of injuries that are possible. Bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy tends to be more severe than those with open cholecystectomy. Strasberg’s classiifcation made Bismuth’s classiifcation much more comprehensive by including various other types of extrahepatic bile duct injuries. Our group, Bergman et al, Neuhaus et al, Csendes et al, and Stewart et al have also proposed other classiifcation systems to complement the Bismuth's classiifcation. CONCLUSIONS:None of the classiifcation system is universally accepted as each has its own limitation. Hopefully, a universally accepted comprehensive classiifcation system will be published in the near future.

  12. Efficacy of HGF carried by ultrasound microbubble-cationic nano-liposomes complex for treating hepatic fibrosis in a bile duct ligation rat model, and its relationship with the diffusion-weighted MRI parameters.

    Zhang, Shou-hong; Wen, Kun-ming; Wu, Wei; Li, Wen-yan; Zhao, Jian-nong


    Hepatic fibrosis is a major consequence of liver aggression. Finding novel ways for counteracting this damaging process, and for evaluating fibrosis with a non-invasive imaging approach, represent important therapeutic and diagnostic challenges. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is an anti-fibrosis cell growth factor that induces apoptosis in activated hepatic stellate cells, reduces excessive collagen deposition, and stimulates hepatocyte regeneration. Thus, using HGF in gene therapy against liver fibrosis is an attractive approach. The aims of the present study were: (i) to explore the efficacy of treating liver fibrosis using HGF expression vector carried by a novel ultrasound microbubble delivery system; (ii) to explore the diagnostic interest of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) in evaluating liver fibrosis. We established a rat model of hepatic fibrosis. The rats were administered HGF linked to novel ultrasound micro-bubbles. Progression of hepatic fibrosis was evaluated by histopathology, hydroxyproline content, and DWI-MRI to determine the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). Our targeted gene therapy produced a significant anti-fibrosis effect, as shown by liver histology and significant reduction of hydroxyproline content. Moreover, using DWI-MRI, the b value (diffusion gradient factor) was equal to 300s/mm(2), and the ADC values significantly decreased as the severity of hepatic fibrosis increased. Using this methodology, F0-F2 could be distinguished from F3 and F4 (Pmicrobubble-cationic nano-liposome complex for gene delivery. The data indicate that, this approach is efficient to counteract the fibrosis process. DWI-MRI appears a promising imaging technique for evaluating liver fibrosis.

  13. Cytomegalovirus Immunoglobulin After Thoracic Transplantation

    Grossi, Paolo; Mohacsi, Paul; Szabolcs, Zoltán; Potena, Luciano


    Abstract Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a highly complex pathogen which, despite modern prophylactic regimens, continues to affect a high proportion of thoracic organ transplant recipients. The symptomatic manifestations of CMV infection are compounded by adverse indirect effects induced by the multiple immunomodulatory actions of CMV. These include a higher risk of acute rejection, cardiac allograft vasculopathy after heart transplantation, and potentially bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome in lung transplant recipients, with a greater propensity for opportunistic secondary infections. Prophylaxis for CMV using antiviral agents (typically oral valganciclovir or intravenous ganciclovir) is now almost universal, at least in high-risk transplants (D+/R−). Even with extended prophylactic regimens, however, challenges remain. The CMV events can still occur despite antiviral prophylaxis, including late-onset infection or recurrent disease, and patients with ganciclovir-resistant CMV infection or who are intolerant to antiviral therapy require alternative strategies. The CMV immunoglobulin (CMVIG) and antiviral agents have complementary modes of action. High-titer CMVIG preparations provide passive CMV-specific immunity but also exert complex immunomodulatory properties which augment the antiviral effect of antiviral agents and offer the potential to suppress the indirect effects of CMV infection. This supplement discusses the available data concerning the immunological and clinical effects of CMVIG after heart or lung transplantation. PMID:26900989

  14. Nonlinear acoustic propagation in rectangular ducts

    Nayfeh, A. H.; Tsai, M.-S.


    The method of multiple scales is used to obtain a second-order uniformly valid expansion for nonlinear acoustic wave propagation in a rectangular duct whose walls are treated with a nonlinear acoustic material. The wave propagation in the duct is characterized by the unsteady nonlinear Euler equations. The results show that nonlinear materials attenuate sound more than linear materials except at high acoustic frequencies. The nonlinear materials produce higher and combination tones which have higher attenuation rates than the fundamentals. Moreover, the attenuation rates of the fundamentals increase with increasing amplitude.

  15. Inverse potential scattering in duct acoustics.

    Forbes, Barbara J; Pike, E Roy; Sharp, David B; Aktosun, Tuncay


    The inverse problem of the noninvasive measurement of the shape of an acoustical duct in which one-dimensional wave propagation can be assumed is examined within the theoretical framework of the governing Klein-Gordon equation. Previous deterministic methods developed over the last 40 years have all required direct measurement of the reflectance or input impedance but now, by application of the methods of inverse quantum scattering to the acoustical system, it is shown that the reflectance can be algorithmically derived from the radiated wave. The potential and area functions of the duct can subsequently be reconstructed. The results are discussed with particular reference to acoustic pulse reflectometry.

  16. Preconditioning the Helmholtz Equation for Rigid Ducts

    Baumeister, Kenneth J.; Kreider, Kevin L.


    An innovative hyperbolic preconditioning technique is developed for the numerical solution of the Helmholtz equation which governs acoustic propagation in ducts. Two pseudo-time parameters are used to produce an explicit iterative finite difference scheme. This scheme eliminates the large matrix storage requirements normally associated with numerical solutions to the Helmholtz equation. The solution procedure is very fast when compared to other transient and steady methods. Optimization and an error analysis of the preconditioning factors are present. For validation, the method is applied to sound propagation in a 2D semi-infinite hard wall duct.

  17. Flow Investigation inside A Curved Square Duct

    Dipyaman Gangopadhyay


    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of an experimental work with measurement of wall static pressure of 90°C shaped Curved duct. The test duct is made up of transparent perspex sheets to facilitate the flow visualization study. The duct has an inlet to exit area ratio of 1.0 with centerline distance of 750 mm. The inlet aspect ratio of the test duct has been fixed at 1.0. The velocities for the proposed investigations are to be measured by using a Pitot tube.Wall pressures are measured with the help of an inclinedmanometer with the inclination of 35°. The manometer had two tubes emanating from it: one left open to the atmosphere and the other connected to the steel pipes attached to the four walls of the curved duct. The difference in the readings helped us calculate the static pressure and thereby the normalized pressure. Wall pressure distribution along the curved and parallel walls of the duct at 0°, 22.5°, 45°, 67.5° and 90° measuring sections was measured. All the experimental data has been processed by an Intel i3 CPU, 3 GB RAM PC and analyzed to give the distribution of static pressure in the square duct.The main purpose of this investigation is to show the development of secondary flow which happens when the flow takes place through the bend in the curvature. This secondary flow arises as a result of a centrifugal force acting when the flow moves through the bend. The investigation is carried out at three different velocities 20 m/s, 40 m/s and 60 m/s. The distribution of normalized pressure which is the ratio of static pressure to the dynamic pressure is mapped and shown in the form of contours by using the software package SURFER.The trend of wall static pressure development on the walls of C shaped duct shows that as the flow proceeds towards the curvature, there exists a high pressure gradient between the outside face and inside face due the centrifugal force acting along the curvature. This shows the bulk shifting of flow towards

  18. Evaluation of the mitochondrial respiration of cardiac myocytes in rats submitted to mechanical bile duct obstruction Avaliação da respiração mitocondrial de miócitos cardíacos em ratos ictéricos sumetidos à obstrução do ducto biliar

    Rafael Kemp


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the capacity of the myocardium for energy production by the analysis of mitochondrial respiration in rats with jaundice submitted to bile duct ligature. METHODS: Sixteen male Wistar rats were divided into 2 Groups: Group SO submitted to nontherapeutic laparotomy (sham operation and Group IC (icteric group submitted to bile duct ligature. After 7 days, laparotomy was again performed in all animals for cardiac muscle extraction and analysis. Mitochondrial oxygen consumption was determined by stage 3 velocity and stage 4 velocity. The respiratory control ratio (RCR was obtained by the ratio of stage 3 to stage 4 velocity. Statistical analysis was performed by the Mann-Whitney test, with the level of significance set at 5% (pOBJETIVO: A proposta deste trabalho é avaliar a capacidade de produção energética do miocárdio mediante análise da respiração mitocondrial em ratos ictéricos submetidos à ligadura do ducto biliar. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 16 ratos Wistar machos divididos em 2 Grupos: Grupo SO , os quais foram submetidos à Laparotomia branca e Grupo IC, os quais sofreram ligadura do ducto biliar para o desenvolvimento de icterícia obstrutiva. Todos os animais após 7 dias de cirurgia foram submetidos à nova laparotomia para extração e análise do músculo cardíaco. O consumo de oxigênio pelas mitocôndrias foi determinado pela velocidade do estado 3 e velocidade do estado 4. A razão do controle respiratório (RCR foi obtida pela relação entre as velocidades dos estados 3 e 4. A análise estatística foi feita pelo teste de Mann-Whitney com nível de significância de 5 % (p<0.05. RESULTADOS: Observou-se queda estatisticamente significante nos valores do consumo de oxigênio do estado 3 da respiração mitocondrial no grupo IC em relação ao SO, no entanto os valores para estado 4 permaneceram basicamente inalterados entre os grupos. Os valores de RCR entre os

  19. 复方夏枯草活性部位对离体大鼠胸主动脉的舒张作用及机制研究%Vasodilation Effect and Underlying Mechanism of Active Fraction from Compound Prunella Vulgaris L. in I-solated Thoracic Aorta of Rats

    雀苏云; 楼一层; 侯靖


    Objective:To investigate the vasorelaxant effect of active fraction from compound Prunella vulgaris L. ( AFCP) on the i-solated thoracic aorta of rats and underlying mechanism. Methods:The study was performed with the tension experiment of the isolate rat thoracic aorta. The changes of vascular ring tension were measured by biological signal acquisition and analysis system, and the vasodila-tor effect of AFCP was observed. Results:AFCP(100-500μg·ml-1)could induce significant relaxation in aorta rings pre-contracted by phenylephrine (PE,1 μmol·L-1), and the relaxation effect was significant(75% ±8%) in endothelium-intact aortic and endothelium-denuded aortic. The vasodilatation effect of AFCP was not significantly affected by nitric oxide synthase ( NOS) inhibitor NG-nitro-L-argi-nine( L-NNA) , guanylate cyclase inhibitor MB,potassium channel blocker TEA and glibenclamide. In Ca2+-free bath solutions, AFCP (300 μg·ml-1 ) could shift downward dose-response curve of CaCl2 and significantly reduce the maximum contraction amplitude of PE. Conclusion:AFCP can relax rat aorta rings in a dose-dependent manner, which is endothelium-independent. The mechanism may be re-lated to the inhibition of intracellular calcium release and extracellular calcium flow, and has nothing to do with NO pathway, prostacyclin generation and calcium-activated potassium channels.%目的::探讨复方夏枯草活性部位( AFCP)对大鼠离体胸主动脉的作用及其可能的机制。方法:采用离体大鼠胸主动脉张力实验,经生物信号采集与分析系统测定血管环张力的变化,观察AFCP的舒张血管作用。结果:AFCP(100~500μg·ml-1)能显著降低苯肾上腺素(PE,1μmol·L-1)引起的血管收缩,对内皮完整和去内皮血管均有(75%±8%)舒张作用。 AFCP的舒血管作用不受一氧化氮合酶抑制药L-NNA、岛苷酸环化酶抑制药MB、钾通道阻滞药TEA和格列苯脲的影响。在无钙K-H 液中AFCP(300μg·ml-1)可使CaCl2

  20. 烟草烟雾对大鼠胸主动脉硫化氢/胱硫醚-γ-裂解酶体系的影响%Effect of Tobacco Smoke on Hydrogen Sulfide/Cystathionine-γ-Lyase System in Rat Thoracic Aorta

    张涛; 张海涛; 刘朝中; 谈诚; 黄丛春


    目的 探讨烟草烟雾对大鼠胸主动脉硫化氢(H2S)/胱硫醚-γ裂解酶(CSE)体系的影响.方法 以10周龄SD大鼠为研究对象,随机分为对照组、短期吸烟组、中期吸烟组和长期吸烟组.采用烟草烟雾熏吸方法建立被动吸烟大鼠模型,采用敏感硫电极法测定血清中H2S浓度,采用免疫组织化学染色和显微图像定量分析法观察胸主动脉平滑肌CSE的表达.结果 短期吸烟组血清H2S浓度与对照组比较无统计学差异(P>0.05),长期吸烟组、中期吸烟组血清H2S浓度明显低于对照组和短期吸烟组(P<0.O1),长期吸烟组血清H2S浓度明显低于中期吸烟组(P<0.05),H2S浓度随着烟草烟雾熏吸时间的延长而降低,并呈时间依赖性.短期吸烟组胸主动脉CSE面积密度和光密度与对照组比较无统计学差异(P>0.05),长期吸烟组、中期吸烟组胸主动脉CSE面积密度和光密度明显低于对照组和短期吸烟组(P<0.05),长期吸烟组胸主动脉CSE面积密度和光密度明显低于中期吸烟组(P<0.05),CSE的表达随着烟草烟雾熏吸时间的延长而降低,并呈时间依赖性.结论 烟草烟雾可显著下调大鼠血清H2S的浓度及胸主动脉中CSE的表达.%Aim To explore the effect of tobacco smoke on hydrogen sulfide (H2S)/cystathionine--y-lyase (CSE) system in rat thoracic aorta. Methods 10-week-old SD rats for the study were randomly divided into control group, short-term smoking group, mid-term smoking group and long-term smoking group. Passive cigarette smoking rat model was established by the method of tobacco smoked Buction. The concentrations of H2S in the serum was measured with sensitive sulfur electrode. The expression of CSE in the thoracic aortic smooth muscle was observed with the methods of immunohistochemical staining and quantitative microscopic image analysis. Results HjS concentration between short-term smoking group and control group had no significant difference (P > 0

  1. Eeffects of Coptis Chinensis on vasoconstrictive activity of isolated thoracic aorta of normoxic and chronic intermittent hypobaric hypoxic rats%黄连对正常氧和慢性间歇性低压低氧大鼠离体胸主动脉收缩活动的影响

    张鹏; 宋士军; 刘威兰; 李连连; 赵卫丽; 张翼


    Objective: To observe the effects of Coptis Chinensis on vasoconstrictive activity of isolated thoracic aorta rings of normoxic and chronic intermittent hypobaric hypoxic(CIHH) rats, and to investigate the underlying mechanisms. Methods: Young male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into normoxic group and QHH group: the former were not given any special treatment; the latter were exposed to hypoxia in a hypobaric chamber simulating 5000 m altitude (PB = 404 mmHg, PO2= 84 mmHg, 11.1% O2), 6 hours daily for 28 days. The isolated thoracic aorta rings of rats were prepared and perfused in thermostat, and the effects of Coptis on vasoconstrictive activity of aorta rings were recorded, the mechanisms were investigated simultaneouly. Results: Coptis Chinensis significantly decreased NE and KCl-induced vaso-constriction of normoxic and QHH rats' isolated aortic rings, but the inhibitive effects had no obvious discrepancy between the two groups. The contractive amplitude had no marked change after the removal of endothelium. When calculated by Logit Loglinear analysis, IC50 of NE and KCl-induced contractive amplitude in normoxic group were respectively 2.99 g/L and 6.14 g/L, while they were 3.45 g/L and 5.81 g/L in CIHH group. The inhibitive effect of Coptis on vasoconstrictive activity of both groups could be partly decreased by Glibenclamide and nitro-L-arginine methyl ester; Indomethacin suppressed the effect on normoxic group as well. Also Coptis significantly inhibited NE-induced both intra-cellular and extracellular calciumion-depended vasoconstriction. Conclusion: Coptis Chinensis obviously relaxes isolated thoracic aorta rings of normoxic and CIHH rats, but the effects are endothelium-independent and have no marked discrepancy between the two groups. The mechanisms of the effects may be related to the opening of ATP-sensitive K+ channel, raise of nitric oxide concentration in both groups, and the increasing of PGI2 in normoxic group. Besides, Coptis may

  2. What Should You Ask Your Doctor about Bile Duct Cancer?

    ... support? Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you ... Diagnosed? How is Bile Duct Cancer Staged? Survival Statistics for Bile Duct Cancers Resectable Versus Unresectable Bile ...

  3. Higher order mode propagation in nonuniform circular ducts

    Cho, Y. C.; Ingard, K. U.


    This paper presents an analytical investigation of higher order mode propagation in a nonuniform circular duct without mean flow. An approximate wave equation is derived on the assumptions that the duct cross section varies slowly and that mode conversion is negligible. Exact closed form solutions are obtained for a particular class of converging-diverging circular duct which is here referred to as 'circular cosh duct'. Numerical results are presentd in terms of the transmission loss for the various duct shapes and frequencies. The results are applicable to studies of multimodal propagation as well as single mode propagation. The results are also applicable to studies of sound radiation from certain types of contoured inlet ducts, or of sound propagation in a converging-diverging duct of somewhat different shape from a cosh duct.

  4. Is spontaneous closure of a patent arterial duct common?

    Hoffman, Julien I E


    As closing a patent arterial duct is relatively simple, safe, and successful, most children with a patent arterial duct have it closed soon after diagnosis. The larger ducts are closed to prevent congestive heart failure, pulmonary vascular disease, or aneurysmal dilatation of the ductus, and smaller ducts are closed to prevent infective endocarditis. Consequently, there is no opportunity to determine whether spontaneous closure or diminution in size of the patent arterial duct is common. If the duct does become smaller, flow through it may be so low that no murmur is produced - the silent ductus. The frequency and best management of the silent patent arterial duct are unknown, and we do not know whether these tiny ducts are the last stage before spontaneous closure.

  5. Thoracic skeletal defects and cardiac malformations: a common epigenetic link?

    Weston, Andrea D; Ozolins, Terence R S; Brown, Nigel A


    Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in humans. In addition, cardiac malformations represent the most frequently identified anomaly in teratogenicity experiments with laboratory animals. To explore the mechanisms of these drug-induced defects, we developed a model in which pregnant rats are treated with dimethadione, resulting in a high incidence of heart malformations. Interestingly, these heart defects were accompanied by thoracic skeletal malformations (cleft sternum, fused ribs, extra or missing ribs, and/or wavy ribs), which are characteristic of anterior-posterior (A/P) homeotic transformations and/or disruptions at one or more stages in somite development. A review of other teratogenicity studies suggests that the co-occurrence of these two disparate malformations is not unique to dimethadione, rather it may be a more general phenomenon caused by various structurally unrelated agents. The coexistence of cardiac and thoracic skeletal malformations has also presented clinically, suggesting a mechanistic link between cardiogenesis and skeletal development. Evidence from genetically modified mice reveals that several genes are common to heart development and to formation of the axial skeleton. Some of these genes are important in regulating chromatin architecture, while others are tightly controlled by chromatin-modifying proteins. This review focuses on the role of these epigenetic factors in development of the heart and axial skeleton, and examines the hypothesis that posttranslational modifications of core histones may be altered by some developmental toxicants.

  6. Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic diseases

    Davidović Lazar


    Full Text Available Bacground/Aim. Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic diseases is an adequate alternative to open surgery. This method was firstly performed in Serbia in 2004, while routine usage started in 2007. Aim of this study was to analyse initial experience in endovacular treatment of thoracic aortic diseses of three main vascular hospitals in Belgrade - Clinic for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery of the Clinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Vascular Surgery of the Military Medical Academy, and Clinic for Vascular Surgery of the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases “Dedinje”. Methods. Between March 2004. and November 2010. 41 patients were treated in these three hospitals due to different diseases of the thoracic aorta. A total of 21 patients had degenerative atherosclerotic aneurysm, 6 patients had penetrating aortic ulcer, 6 had posttraumatic aneurysm, 4 patients had ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm, 1 had false anastomotic aneurysm after open repair, and 3 patients had dissected thoracic aneurysm of the thoracoabdominal aorta. In 15 cases the endovascular procedure was performed as a part of the hybrid procedure, after carotidsubclavian bypass in 4 patients and subclavian artery transposition in 1 patient due to the short aneurysmatic neck; in 2 patients iliac conduit was used due to hypoplastic or stenotic iliac artery; in 5 patients previous reconstruction of abdominal aorta was performed; in 1 patient complete debranching of the aortic arch, and in 2 patients visceral abdominal debranching were performed. Results. The intrahospital mortality rate (30 days was 7.26% (3 patients with ruptured thoracic aneurysms died. Endoleak type II in the first control exam was revealed in 3 patients (7. 26%. The patients were followed up in a period of 1-72 months, on average 29 months. The most devastating complication during a followup period was aortoesofageal fistula in 1 patient a year after the treatment of posttraumatic aneurysm. Conversion was

  7. Effects of double ligation of Stensen's duct on the rabbit parotid gland.

    Maria, O M; Maria, S M; Redman, R S; Maria, A M; Saad El-Din, T A; Soussa, E F; Tran, S D


    pre-ligation to surrounding a majority of the residual duct-like structures, many of which clearly were atrophic acini. Thus, both atrophy and apoptosis made major contributions to the post-ligation reduction in gland size. Structures also occurred with both ductal and acinar markers that suggested acini differentiating into ducts. Overall, the reaction to duct ligation proceeded at a considerably slower pace in the rabbit parotid glands than has been reported for the salivary glands of the rat.

  8. Effect of ATP, carbachol and other agonists on intracellular calcium activity and membrane voltage of pancreatic ducts

    Hug, M; Pahl, C; Novak, I


    The pancreatic duct has been regarded as a typical cAMP-regulated epithelium, and our knowledge about its Ca2+ homeostasis is limited. Hence, we studied the regulation of intracellular calcium, [Ca2+]i, in perfused rat pancreatic ducts using the Ca(2+)-sensitive probe fura-2. In some experiments we...... also measured the basolateral membrane voltage, Vbl, of individual cells. The resting basal [Ca2+]i was relatively high, corresponding to 263 +/- 28 nmol/l, and it decreased rapidly to 106 +/- 28 nmol/l after removal of Ca2+ from the bathing medium (n = 31). Carbachol increased [Ca2+]i...

  9. Algebraically growing waves in ducts with sheared mean flow

    Nayfeh, A. H.; Telionis, D. P.


    Analysis of the behavior of standing and traveling acoustic waves in a smooth duct with a fluid flow having a sheared mean velocity profile, when the waves grow algebraically as they travel along the duct axis. It is shown that standing waves growing algebraically with the axial distance cannot exist in a smooth duct when the duct wall have a finite resistance. The existence of traveling waves subject to the same law of growth is also dismissed under realistic flow conditions.

  10. Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the thoracic spine.

    Roguski, Marie; Safain, Mina G; Zerris, Vasilios A; Kryzanski, James T; Thomas, Christine B; Magge, Subu N; Riesenburger, Ron I


    Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a proliferative lesion of the synovial membranes. Knees, hips, and other large weight-bearing joints are most commonly affected. PVNS rarely presents in the spine, in particular the thoracic segments. We present a patient with PVNS in the thoracic spine and describe its clinical presentation, radiographic findings, pathologic features, and treatment as well as providing the first comprehensive meta-analysis and review of the literature on this topic, to our knowledge. A total of 28 publications reporting 56 patients were found. The lumbar and cervical spine were most frequently involved (40% and 36% of patients, respectively) with infrequent involvement of the thoracic spine (24% of patients). PVNS affects a wide range of ages, but has a particular predilection for the thoracic spine in younger patients. The mean age in the thoracic group was 22.8 years and was significantly lower than the cervical and lumbar groups (42.4 and 48.6 years, respectively; p=0.0001). PVNS should be included in the differential diagnosis of osteodestructive lesions of the spine, especially because of its potential for local recurrence. The goal of treatment should be complete surgical excision. Although the pathogenesis is not clear, mechanical strain may play an important role, especially in cervical and lumbar PVNS. The association of thoracic lesions and younger age suggests that other factors, such as neoplasia, derangement of lipid metabolism, perturbations of humoral and cellular immunity, and other undefined patient factors, play a role in the development of thoracic PVNS. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Thoracic wall reconstruction after tumor resection

    Kamran eHarati


    Full Text Available Introduction: Surgical treatment of malignant thoracic wall tumors represents a formidable challenge. In particular, locally advanced tumors that have already infiltrated critical anatomic structures are associated with a high surgical morbidity and can result in full thickness defects of the thoracic wall. Plastic surgery can reduce this surgical morbidity by reconstructing the thoracic wall through various tissue transfer techniques. Sufficient soft tissue reconstruction of the thoracic wall improves life quality and mitigates functional impairment after extensive resection. The aim of this article is to illustrate the various plastic surgery treatment options in the multimodal therapy of patients with malignant thoracic wall tumors.Material und methods: This article is based on a review of the current literature and the evaluation of a patient database.Results: Several plastic surgical treatment options can be implemented in the curative and palliative therapy of patients with malignant solid tumors of the chest wall. Large soft tissue defects after tumor resection can be covered by local, pedicled or free flaps. In cases of large full-thickness defects, flaps can be combined with polypropylene mesh to improve chest wall stability and to maintain pulmonary function. The success of modern medicine has resulted in an increasing number of patients with prolonged survival suffering from locally advanced tumors that can be painful, malodorous or prone to bleeding. Resection of these tumors followed by thoracic wall reconstruction with viable tissue can substantially enhance the life quality of these patients. Discussion: In curative treatment regimens, chest wall reconstruction enables complete resection of locally advanced tumors and subsequent adjuvant radiotherapy. In palliative disease treatment, stadium plastic surgical techniques of thoracic wall reconstruction provide palliation of tumor-associated morbidity and can therefore improve

  12. Laser-guided repair of complex bile duct strictures.

    Gulik, T. van; Beek, J.; Reuver, P. de; Aronson, D.C.; Delden, O. van; Busch, O.; Gouma, D.


    BACKGROUND: The repair of bile duct strictures (BDS) requires identification of healthy bile duct proximal to the stenosis. Identification may be difficult in complex bile duct injuries after cholecystectomy or partial liver resection. AIM: We describe a technique to identify the prestenotic bile du

  13. Persistent Mullerian Duct Syndrome (PMDS With Large Intraabdominal Seminoma

    Della Harigovind


    Full Text Available Persistent Mullerian Duct Syndrome, a form of male pseudohermaphroditism is characterized by the presence of the Mullerian duct derivatives in an otherwise phenotypically as well as genotypically normal male. We report a case of large intra abdominal seminoma in a male patient with cryptorchidism, along with persistence of Mullerian duct derivatives (uterus.

  14. A case of fascioliasis in common bile duct

    Ham, Soo Youn; Park, Cheol Min; Chung, Kyu Byung; Lee, Chang Hong; Park, Seung Chul; Choi, Sang Yong; Lim, Han Jong [Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    A case of Fascioliasis of common bile duct is confirmed by visualization of adult fluke. Fascioliasis caused by Fasciola hepatica, is common parasitic disease in cattle and sheep. Human is an accidental host. ERCP demonstrated irregular linear conglomerated filling defects in common bile duct. Through surgical intervention, we found adult flukes of F. hepatica and adenomatous hyperplasia of common bile duct.

  15. Thoracic CT in the ED: a study of thoracic computed tomography utilisation.

    Williams, E


    The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the use of thoracic Computed Tomography (CT) in the Emergency Department of a Dublin Academic Teaching Hospital over a six month period. Data was retrieved using the hospital\\'s computerised information system. There were 202 referrals in total for thoracic CT from the Emergency Department during this time period. The most common indication for thoracic CT referral was for the investigation of pulmonary embolism with 127 (63%) referrals. There were 40 (25%) referrals for suspected malignancy and lung disease, whilst 8 (4%) of the referrals were for investigation of thoracic aortic dissection, 8 (4%) for infection, and 6 (3%) were for investigation of thoracic injury. Only 8 (4%) of all referrals were for investigation of injury as a result of chest trauma.

  16. [Video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung transplantation and mediastinitis: major issues in thoracic surgery in 2010].

    Borro, José M; Moreno, Ramón; Gómez, Ana; Duque, José Luis


    We reviewed the major issues in thoracic surgery relating to the advances made in our specialty in 2010. To do this, the 43(rd) Congress of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery held in La Coruña and the articles published in the Society's journal, Archivos de Bronconeumología, were reviewed. The main areas of interest were related to the development of video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung transplantation and descending mediastinitis. The new tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) classification (7(th) edition), presented last year, was still a topical issue this year. The First Forum of Thoracic Surgeons and the Update in Thoracic Surgery together with the Nurses' Area have constituted an excellent teaching program.

  17. [Gastrontestinal hemorrhage following thoracic surgery].

    Durić, O; Tvrtković, R; Budalica, M


    The authors discuss eight cases who suffered hemorrhaging stress ulcers out of 200 cases on whom Thoracotomies were performed. Presented is the common factor of the onset of this complication, it's diagnosis, and therapy. Listed below are the diagnoses and operative procedures used on these eight patients. Cysta Aerea Permagna Lobi Inf. Pulm. Dexter/operation: Mytomis Longitudinalis Ooesophagi. Caverna Bronchiectatica Permagna Lobi Inferior Pulmo Dexter/operation: Lobestomia Typica. Echinococcus Heaptis Complicatus, Empyema Pleurae Dexter/opetation: Decorticatio. Haemathorax Spontaneous Lobus Sinister/operation: Decorticatio Pleurae Sinister. Echi Comp. Cupolae Hepatis Permagnus/operation: Thoracotomia Phrenotomia, evacuatio, Triplex Drainage. Bronchiectasiae Lobi Medius et Inferior Pulmo Dexter/operation: Biblobectomia Typica. Carcinoma Bronchi Lobi Inferior Pulmo Dexter/operation: Lobectomia Typica. Gastric problems had troubled four of these eight patients in their past history. Bleeding in three patients occurred three days postoperatively, and in the remaining five, thirty days following their operation. Six patients had to be treated conservatively because of serious contraindications to reoperation. Four of them expired. Autopsy revealed: Pyothorax, Dehiscention Bronchi, Empyema, and Gastritis Errosiva with multiulcerations, hemoragia, and dilatation of the right heart. Two patients with recent stress ulcers were reoperated on, and were cured. The authors estimate that the occurrence of hemorrhaging stress ulcer following thoracic surgery are basically due to Hypoxia. The chain of events whic brought about the stress ulcer, however, began even before the operation, continued throughout the operation, and appeared postoperatively due to postoperative complications. The authors point out that these complications can be foreseen (early and late), but firstly, an attempt should be made to treat the patient with conservative therapy. Inasmuch as the hemorrhaging

  18. Surgical treatment of congenital biliary duct cyst

    Wang De-chun


    Full Text Available Abstract Background It is acknowledged that total cyst excision is a safe and ideal surgical treatment for congenital biliary duct cyst, compared to simple internal drainage. The aim of this study was to determine the optimal operation occasion and the effect of laparoscopy on congenital biliary duct cyst based upon total cyst excision. Methods From January 2002 to January 2011, 217 patients were admitted to Southwest Hospital for congenital biliary duct cyst. To determine the optimal surgery occasion, we divided these subjects into three groups, the infant group (age ≤ 3 years, the immaturity group (3 18 years, and then evaluated the feasibility, risk and long-term outcome after surgery in the three groups. To analyze the effect of laparoscopic technique on congenital biliary duct cyst, we divided the patients into the laparoscopy and the open surgery groups. Results Among the three groups, the morbidity from cholangiolithiasis before surgical treatment had obvious discrepancy (p 0.05. Similarly, no significant discrepancy was observed in the morbidity from postoperative complications or long-term postoperative complications (p > 0.05 between the laparoscopic and the open surgery groups. Conclusions We conclude that total cyst excision should be performed as early as possible. The optimal treatment occasion is the infant period, and laparoscopic resection may be a new safe and feasible minimally invasive surgery for this disease.

  19. Idea Bank: Duct Tape Note Twister

    McHenry, Molly


    In this article, the author relates how she observed a middle school math teacher deliver a miserable class. She realized that she did the same thing to her music students. To engage her students, she developed "Note Twister," a music reading game using duct tape to form musical notes and the basic premise behind the game, "Twister." She finds…

  20. IDUS for Biliary and Pancreatic Duct Lesions

    Takao ltoi


    @@ In the recent decade, wire-guided intraductal US(IDUS), which can be passed through the working channel of standard duodenoscopes to provide high-frequency ultrasound images, has been developed as a newly diagnostic tool for biliary and pancreatic duct lesions.

  1. Laser Beam Duct Pressure Controller System.

    the axial flow of a conditioning gas within the laser beam duct, by matching the time rate of change of the pressure of the flowing conditioning the time rate of change of the pressure in the cavity of an operably associated laser beam turret.

  2. Familial occurrence of congenital bile duct dilatation


    Congenital bile duct dilatation (CBD) that developed in a parent and son is presented.Familial occurrence of CBD is rare,with only a few male cases having been reported.Since the initial report of CBD occurring in siblings in 1981,a total of 20 cases (10 pairs) have been published as of 2007.Clinical and genetic features of CBD are discussed.

  3. Heat Transfer in a Superelliptic Transition Duct

    Poinsatte, Philip; Thurman, Douglas; Hippensteele, Steven


    Local heat transfer measurements were experimentally mapped using a transient liquid-crystal heat transfer technique on the surface of a circular-to-rectangular transition duct. The transition duct had a length-to-diameter ratio of 1.5 and an exit-plane aspect ratio of 3. The crosssectional geometry was defined by the equation of a superellipse. The cross-sectional area was the same at the inlet and exit but varied up to 15 percent higher through the transition. The duct was preheated to a uniform temperature (nominally 64 C) before allowing room temperature air to be suddenly drawn through it. As the surface cooled, the resulting isothermal contours on the duct surface were revealed using a surface coating of thermochromic liquid crystals that display distinctive colors at particular temperatures. A video record was made of the surface temperature and time data for all points on the duct surfaces during each test. Using this surface temperature-time data together with the temperature of the air flowing through the model and the initial temperature of the model wall, the heat transfer coefficient was calculated by employing the classic one-dimensional, semi-infinite wall heat transfer conduction model. Test results are reported for inlet diameter-based Reynolds numbers ranging from 0.4x106 to 2.4x106 and two grid-generated freestream turbulence intensities of about 1 percent, which is typical of wind tunnels, and up to 16 percent, which may be more typical of real engine conditions.

  4. Thoracic aortic aneurysm: reading the enemy's playbook.

    Elefteriades, John A


    The vast database of the Yale Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease--which includes information on 3000 patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm or dissection, with 9000 catalogued images and 9000 patient-years of follow-up--has, over the last decade, permitted multiple glimpses into the "playbook" of this virulent disease. Understanding the precise behavioral features of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection permits us more effectively to combat this disease. In this monograph, we will first review certain fundamentals--in terms of anatomy, nomenclature, imaging, diagnosis, medical, surgical, and stent treatment. After reviewing these fundamentals, we will proceed with a detailed exploration of lessons learned by peering into the operational playbook of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Among the glimpses afforded in the behavioral playbook of this disease are the following: 1 Thoracic aortic aneurysm, while lethal, is indolent. Mortality usually does not occur until after years of growth. 2 The aneurysmal ascending thoracic aorta grows slowly: about 0.1 cm per year (the descending aorta grows somewhat faster). 3 Over a patient's lifetime, "hinge points" at which the likelihood of rupture or dissection skyrockets are seen at 5.5 cm for the ascending and 6.5 cm for the descending aorta. Intervening at 5 cm diameter for the ascending and 6 cm for the descending prevents most adverse events. 4 Symptomatic aneurysms require resection regardless of size. 5 The yearly rate of rupture, dissection, or death is 14.1% for a patient with a thoracic aorta of 6 cm diameter. 6 The mechanical properties of the aorta deteriorate markedly at 6 cm diameter (distensibility falls, and wall stress rises)--a finding that "dovetails" perfectly with observations of the clinical behavior of the thoracic aorta. 7 Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection are largely inherited diseases, with a predominantly autosomal-dominant pattern. The specific genetics are being elucidated at the

  5. Asian perspective in surgery: thoracic surgery in Turkey.

    Turna, Akif


    Turkey with a population of 78 million is located between Asia and Europe geographically and culturally. There are 577 active pure thoracic surgeon and 37 thoracic surgery teaching units. Thoracic surgeons usually deal with lung cancer patients due to relatively higher rate of tobacco usage as well as inflammatory diseases such as pulmonary hydatid disease, bronchiectasis and empyema. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery has been a new approach which is being adapted by increasingly more surgeons. There are a number of reasons to predict that the number of thoracic surgical cases will be increased and new generation of thoracic surgeons will be operating more minimally invasive resectional surgeries for most lung cancer in future.

  6. Thoracic fractures and dislocations in motorcyclists

    Daffner, R.H.; Deeb, Z.L.; Rothfus, W.E.


    Motorcyclists who are involved in accidents generally suffer severe multiple injuries, some of which are not readily apparent on initial examination. One such subtle injury is fracture, with or without dislocation, in the upper thoracic spine. The severe spinal cord damage produced by the injury is often overshadowed by cerebral or cervical injury. Proper diagnosis is further hampered by the fact that the upper thoracic region is difficult to examine radiographically on plain films, particularly when using portable equipment. Of a group of 14 motorcyclists having 26 fractures and/or dislocations in the thoracic region, 12 had 24 injuries between T3 and T8. These 24 injuries represented 56% of the fractures and/or dislocations encountered in a larger study of trauma to the thoracic vertebral column. All of these were flexion injuries, suffered when the individual was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a large, solid object. In three cases, the diagnosis was delayed as much as 48 h because proper films were not obtained initially. Because of the serious consequences of delayed treatment, we recommended that all motorcyclists who have sustained severe trauma be examined by overpenetrated film of the upper thoracic region.

  7. Thoracic sympathectomy: a review of current indications.

    Hashmonai, Moshe; Cameron, Alan E P; Licht, Peter B; Hensman, Chris; Schick, Christoph H


    Thoracic sympathetic ablation was introduced over a century ago. While some of the early indications have become obsolete, new ones have emerged. Sympathetic ablation is being still performed for some odd indications thus prompting the present study, which reviews the evidence base for current practice. The literature was reviewed using the PubMed/Medline Database, and pertinent articles regarding the indications for thoracic sympathectomy were retrieved and evaluated. Old, historical articles were also reviewed as required. Currently, thoracic sympathetic ablation is indicated mainly for primary hyperhidrosis, especially affecting the palm, and to a lesser degree, axilla and face, and for facial blushing. Despite modern pharmaceutical, endovascular and surgical treatments, sympathetic ablation has still a place in the treatment of very selected cases of angina, arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy. Thoracic sympathetic ablation is indicated in several painful conditions: the early stages of complex regional pain syndrome, erythromelalgia, and some pancreatic and other painful abdominal pathologies. Although ischaemia was historically the major indication for sympathetic ablation, its use has declined to a few selected cases of thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease), microemboli, primary Raynaud's phenomenon and Raynaud's phenomenon secondary to collagen diseases, paraneoplastic syndrome, frostbite and vibration syndrome. Thoracic sympathetic ablation for hypertension is obsolete, and direct endovascular renal sympathectomy still requires adequate clinical trials. There are rare publications of sympathetic ablation for primary phobias, but there is no scientific basis to support sympathetic surgery for any psychiatric indication.

  8. Thoracic CT findings at hypovolemic shock

    Rotondo, A.; Angelelli, G. [Bari Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Radiology; Catalano, O. [S. Maria delle Grazie Hospital, Pozzuoli, Naples (Italy). Dept. of Radiology; Grassi, R. [Cardarelli Hospital, Naples (Italy). Dept. of Radiology; Scialpi, M. [S.S. Annunziata Hospital, Taranto (Italy). Dept. of Radiology


    Purpose: To describe and discuss the thoracic CT features of hypovolemic shock. Material and Methods: From a group of 18 patients with signs of hypovolemia on contrast-enhanced abdominal CT, 11 were selected for our study as having also undergone a complete chest examination. Pulse rate, blood pressure, trauma score value, Glasgow coma scale value, surgical result, and final outcome were retrospectively evaluated. The CT features analyzed were: decreased cardiac volume, reduced caliber of the thoracic aorta, aortic branches and caval venous system, increased enhancement of the aorta, and increased enhancement of the pulmonary collapses/contusions. Results: All 11 subjects presented severe injuries and hemodynamic instability; 7 were stable enough to undergo surgery; only 1 of the 11 survived. Two patients showed none of the features of thoracic hypovolemia. All the other patients presented at least two signs: reduced caliber of the thoracic aorta in 7 cases; decreased volume of the cardiac chambers and increased aortic enhancement in 6; decreased caliber of the aortic vessels in 4; decreased caliber of the caval veins in 3; and increased enhancement of the pulmonary collapses/contusions in 3. Conclusions: In patients with hypovolemia, CT may show several thoracic findings in addition to abdominal ones. Knowledge of these features is important for distinguishing them from traumatic injuries. (orig.)

  9. [Experimental study of relationship of bile composition imbalance with bile duct injury].

    Chen, Geng; Zhang, Yu-Jun; Yang, Cheng; Li, Kun; Li, Xiao-Wu; Wang, Shu-Guang; Dong, Jia-Hong


    To investigate the change of bile composition and its role in bile duct injury after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: group A (sham surgery), group B (OLT with 1 h cold preservation), group C (OLT with 12 h cold preservation). The arterialized rat liver transplantation model with biliary extra-drainage was used in group B and C. Animals were sacrificed at posttransplant 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 14 day. Routine bile chemistry and pathological assays were performed. Cold preservation/reperfusion injury (CPRI) could repress the secretion of bile salts and phospholipid. However, in contrast with a rapid increase of bile salt secretion, the biliary secretion of phospholipid recovered more slowly, leading to an abnormal high bile salts/phospholipid ratio early after transplantation. Further analysis suggested that the secretion of bile salts correlated strongly with biochemical and histopathological signs of bile duct injury. CPRI can lead to great changes of graft bile composition, which plays a role in the pathogenesis of bile duct injury following liver transplantation.

  10. The effect of duct surface character on methane explosion propagation

    LIN Bai-quan; YE Qing; JIAN Cong-guang; WU Hai-jin


    The effect of duct surface character on methane explosion propagation was experimentally studied and theoretically analyzed. The roughness has effect on methane explosion propagation. The flame propagation velocity and the peak value pressure of methane explosion in rough duct are larger than the parameters in smooth duct. The heat exchange of the surface has effect on methane explosion propagation. The propagation velocity of flame and strength of explosion wave in the duct covered by heat insulation material are larger than those in duct with good heat transmittability.

  11. Magnetic resonance imaging of extrahepatic bile duct disruption

    Wong, Yon-Cheong; Wang, Li-Jen; Chen, Chi-Jen [Department of Radiology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, 5, Fu-Hsing Street, Gueishan, 33333 Taoyuan (Taiwan); Chen, Ray-Jade [Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, 5, Fu-Hsing Street, Gueishan, 33333 Taoyuan (Taiwan)


    Blunt injury of the extrahepatic bile duct is rare and hence a large series of scientific study of its MRI is difficult to perform. We present the MRI and MR cholangiography of a case of blunt extrahepatic bile duct injury proven at surgery. The diagnosis could be established based on MRI findings of an abrupt tapering of the extrahepatic bile duct with a retracted end, a discordant small-caliber proximal duct, massive ascites, and a hematoma in proximity to the bile duct injury. This non-invasive MRI study is a promising imaging modality to evaluate biliary tract injury. (orig.)

  12. Performance Study and CFD Predictions of a Ducted Fan System

    Abrego, Anita I.; Chang, I-Chung; Bulaga, Robert W.; Rutkowski, Michael (Technical Monitor)


    An experimental investigation was completed in the NASA Ames 7 by 10-Foot Wind Tunnel to study the performance characteristics of a ducted fan. The goal of this effort is to study the effect of ducted fan geometry and utilize Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to provide a baseline for correlation. A 38-inch diameter, 10-inch chord duct with a five-bladed fixed-pitch fan was tested. Duct performance data were obtained in hover, vertical climb, and forward flight test conditions. This paper will present a description of the test, duct performance results and correlation with CFD predictions.

  13. Transition duct with divided upstream and downstream portions

    McMahan, Kevin Weston; LeBegue, Jeffrey Scott; Maldonado, Jaime Javier; Dillard, Daniel Jackson; Flanagan, James Scott


    Turbine systems are provided. In one embodiment, a turbine system includes a transition duct comprising an inlet, an outlet, and a duct passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The duct passage includes an upstream portion extending from the inlet and a downstream portion extending from the outlet. The turbine system further includes a rib extending from an outer surface of the duct passage, the rib dividing the upstream portion and the downstream portion.

  14. Change of paradigm in thoracic radionecrosis management.

    Dast, S; Assaf, N; Dessena, L; Almousawi, H; Herlin, C; Berna, P; Sinna, R


    Classically, muscular or omental flaps are the gold standard in the management of thoracic defects following radionecrosis debridement. Their vascular supply and antibacterial property was supposed to enhance healing compared with cutaneous flaps. The evolution of reconstructive surgery allowed us to challenge this dogma. Therefore, we present five consecutive cases of thoracic radionecrosis reconstructed with cutaneous perforator flaps. In four patients, we performed a free deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap and one patient had a thoracodorsal perforator (TDAP) flap. Median time healing was 22.6 days with satisfactory cutaneous covering and good aesthetic results. There were no flap necrosis, no donor site complications. We believe that perforator flaps are a new alternative, reliable and elegant option that questions the dogma of muscular flaps in the management of thoracic radionecrosis.

  15. National Quality Forum Metrics for Thoracic Surgery.

    Cipriano, Anthony; Burfeind, William R


    The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a multistakeholder, nonprofit, membership-based organization improving health care through preferential use of valid performance measures. NQF-endorsed measures are considered the gold standard for health care measurement in the United States. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is the steward of the only six NQF-endorsed general thoracic surgery measures. These measures include one structure measure (participation in a national general thoracic surgery database), two process measures (recording of clinical stage and recording performance status before lung and esophageal resections), and three outcome measures (risk-adjusted morbidity and mortality after lung and esophageal resections and risk-adjusted length of stay greater than 14 days after lobectomy). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Dispersion properties of ducted whistlers, generated by lightning discharge

    D. L. Pasmanik


    Full Text Available Whistler-mode wave propagation in magnetospheric ducts of enhanced cold plasma density is studied. The case of the arbitrary ratio of the duct radius to the whistler wavelength is considered, where the ray-tracing method is not applicable. The set of duct eigenmodes and their spatial structure are analysed and dependencies of eigenmode propagation properties on the duct characteristics are studied. Special attention is paid to the analysis of the group delay time of one-hop propagation of the whistler wave packet along the duct. We found that, in contrast to the case of a wide duct, the group delay time in a rather narrow duct decreases as the eigenmode number increases. The results obtained are suggested for an explanation of some types of multi-component whistler signals.

  17. Curved Duct Noise Prediction Using the Fast Scattering Code

    Dunn, M. H.; Tinetti, Ana F.; Farassat, F.


    Results of a study to validate the Fast Scattering Code (FSC) as a duct noise predictor, including the effects of curvature, finite impedance on the walls, and uniform background flow, are presented in this paper. Infinite duct theory was used to generate the modal content of the sound propagating within the duct. Liner effects were incorporated via a sound absorbing boundary condition on the scattering surfaces. Simulations for a rectangular duct of constant cross-sectional area have been compared to analytical solutions and experimental data. Comparisons with analytical results indicate that the code can properly calculate a given dominant mode for hardwall surfaces. Simulated acoustic behavior in the presence of lined walls (using hardwall duct modes as incident sound) is consistent with expected trends. Duct curvature was found to enhance weaker modes and reduce pressure amplitude. Agreement between simulated and experimental results for a straight duct with hard walls (no flow) was excellent.

  18. Rationale for Measuring Duct Leakage Flows in Large Commercial Buildings

    Wray, Craig P.; Diamond, Richard C.; Sherman, Max H.


    Industry-wide methods of assessing duct leakage are based on duct pressurization tests, and focus on ''high pressure'' ducts. Even though ''low pressure'' ducts can be a large fraction of the system and tend to be leaky, few guidelines or construction specifications require testing these ducts. We report here on the measured leakage flows from ten large commercial duct systems at operating conditions: three had low leakage (less than 5% of duct inlet flow), and seven had substantial leakage (9 to 26%). By comparing these flows with leakage flows estimated using the industry method, we show that the latter method by itself is not a reliable indicator of whole-system leakage flow, and that leakage flows need to be measured.

  19. 有氧运动对大鼠心血管和胸主动脉平滑肌的功能重塑作用%Functional Remodeling of the Aerobic Exercise on the Cardiovascular System and Thoracic Aortic Smooth Muscle of Rats

    石丽君; 李珊珊; 熊开宇; 龚丽景


    Objective: To investigate the aerobic exercise-induced functional remodeling of the rat cardiovascular systmem and thoracic aortic smooth muscle,and to explore the possible potassium channel mechanisms underlying these effects.Methods: 20 male Wistar rats(2M) were randomly divided into sedentary group and exercise group.Training protocol: 8 week treadmill.After 8 weeks,some animals(n=5 in each group) underwent femoral arterial and venous cannulation.Catheters were tunneled subcutaneously,exteriorized at the nape of the neck.Following one day recovery,the basal blood pressure,heart rate and the cardiovascular responses to intravenous(i.v.) injection of Ang II and non-specific K+ channel blocker TEA were monitored in vivo.In the other 10 animals,the thoracic aorta was carefully exposed after thoracotomy and dissected free.Segments were cut into rings and the endothelial cell lining was removed.The vessel contractility was examined in vitro.Results:1) After the aerobic exercises,the heart rate at rest reduced significantly.The mean arterial pressure of rats had a tendency to decrease but there was no significant difference between the sedentary and the exercise groups at rest.2)The pressor responses induced by i.v.injection of Ang II were attenuated in the exercise group compared with that in the sedentary group;3) The pressor responses induced by i.v.injection of TEA,was significantly enhanced after exercise training;4)Ang II(10-9~10-4M) caused a significantly increase of vascular tone in a concentration-dependent manner in both groups,while the increase amplitude was less in exercise group than in the sedentary group;5) TEA(5×10-3 M) could induce an increase of vessel contractility in two groups,while the amplitude of increase was significantly enhanced after exercise training.Conclusion: Aerobic exercise training can induce functional remodeling of the rat cardiovascular system and thoracic aorta smooth muscle,in which

  20. Failures and complications of thoracic drainage

    Đorđević Ivana


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Thoracic drainage is a surgical procedure for introducing a drain into the pleural space to drain its contents. Using this method, the pleura is discharged and set to the physiological state which enables the reexpansion of the lungs. The aim of the study was to prove that the use of modern principles and protocols of thoracic drainage significantly reduces the occurrence of failures and complications, rendering the treatment more efficient. Methods. The study included 967 patients treated by thoracic drainage within the period from January 1, 1989 to June 1, 2000. The studied patients were divided into 2 groups: group A of 463 patients treated in the period from January 1, 1989 to December 31, 1994 in whom 386 pleural drainage (83.36% were performed, and group B of 602 patients treated form January 1, 1995 to June 1, 2000 in whom 581 pleural drainage (96.51% were performed. The patients of the group A were drained using the classical standards of thoracic drainage by the general surgeons. The patients of the group B, however, were drained using the modern standards of thoracic drainage by the thoracic surgeons, and the general surgeons trained for this kind of the surgery. Results. The study showed that better results were achieved in the treatment of the patients from the group B. The total incidence of the failures and complications of thoracic drainage decreased from 36.52% (group A to 12.73% (group B. The mean length of hospitalization of the patients without complications in the group A was 19.5 days versus 10 days in the group B. The mean length of the treatment of the patients with failures and complications of the drainage in the group A was 33.5 days versus 17.5 days in the group B. Conclusion. The shorter length of hospitalization and the lower morbidity of the studied patients were considered to be the result of the correct treatment using modern principles of thoracic drainage, a suitable surgical technique, and a

  1. Thoracic pain in a collegiate runner.

    Austin, G P; Benesky, W T


    This case study describes the process of examination, re-examination, and intervention for a collegiate runner with mechanical thoracic pain preventing athletic participation and limiting daily function. Unimpaired function fully returned in less than 3 weeks with biweekly sessions to re-establish normal and painfree thoracic mechanics via postural hygiene, exercise, mobilization, and manipulation. The outcome of this case study supports the original hypothesis that the pattern of impairments was in fact responsible for the functional limitations and disability in this athlete. At the time of publication the athlete was without functional limitations and had fully returned to competitive sprinting for the university track team.

  2. Thoracic Ectopia Cordis in an Ethiopian Neonate

    Tadele, Henok; Chanie, Abeje


    Background Ectopia Cordis is defined as complete or partial displacement of the heart outside the thoracic cavity. It is a rare congenital defect with failure of fusion of the sternum with extra thoracic location of the heart. The estimated prevalence of this case is 5.5 to 7.9 per million live births. Case Presentation We had a case of a 16-hour-old male neonate weighing 2.9kg with externally visible, beating heart over the chest wall. Initial treatment included covering the heart with steri...

  3. Standardization of a method of prolonged thoracic surgery and mechanical ventilation in rats to evaluate local and systemic inflammation Padronização de um modelo de cirurgia torácica prolongada e ventilação mecânica em ratos para avaliação inflamatória local e sistêmica

    Camila Ferreira Leite


    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the immediate pulmonary and systemic inflammatory response after a long-term operative period. Methods: Wistar rats in the experimental group were anaesthetized and submitted to tracheostomy, thoracotomy and remained on mechanical ventilation during three hours. Control animals were not submitted to the operative protocol. The following parameters have been evaluated: pulmonary myeloperoxidase activity, pulmonary serum protein extravasation, lung wet/dry weight ratio and measurement of levels of cytokines in serum. Results: Operated animals exhibited significantly lower serum protein extravasation in lungs compared with control animals. The lung wet/dry weight ratio and myeloperoxidase activity did not differ between groups. Serum cytokines IL-1ß, TNF-, and IL-10 levels were not detected in groups, whereas IL-6 was detected only in operated animals. Conclusion: The experimental mechanical ventilation in rats with a prolonged surgical time did not produce significant local and systemic inflammatory changes and permit to evaluate others procedures in thoracic surgery.Objetivo: Investigar a resposta inflamatória pulmonar e sistêmica imediata após longo período operatório. Métodos: Ratos Wistar do grupo experimental foram anestesiados e submetidos à traqueostomia, toracotomia e permaneceram em ventilação mecânica por três horas. O grupo controle não foi submetido ao protocolo operatório. Os seguintes parâmetros foram avaliados: atividade da mieloperoxidase pulmonar, níveis de extravasamento de proteínas séricas pulmonares, relação peso pulmonar úmido/seco e medidas dos níveis séricos de citocinas. Resultados: Os animais operados apresentaram menor extravasamento de proteínas séricas nos pulmões comparados aos animais controle. A relação peso úmido/seco e a atividade de mieloperoxidase não diferiram entre os grupos. As citocinas séricas IL-1ß, TNF- e IL-10 não foram quantificáveis nos grupos

  4. Genetics Home Reference: familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection

    ... Conditions familial TAAD familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection Printable PDF Open All Close All Enable Javascript ... collapse boxes. Description Familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection ( familial TAAD ) involves problems with the aorta , which ...

  5. 模拟失重大鼠胸主动脉平滑肌细胞凋亡的变化及间断性人工重力对抗的影响%Effects of 3-week simulated microgravity and intermittent artificial gravity on apoptosis of thoracic aortic smooth muscle cells in rats

    蔡越; 於进文; 白云刚; 刘焕; 王忠超; 暴军香; 马进


    [目的]:观察模拟失重大鼠胸主动脉平滑肌细胞凋亡的变化及间断性人工重力对其影响.[方法]:将27只SD大鼠随机分为3组(每组9只),即对照组(CON)、模拟失重组(SUS)及站立对抗组(STD).以尾部悬吊大鼠模拟失重3周,同期每天悬吊23h、站立1h模拟间断性人工重力对抗的效果.用TUNEL染色法检测SUS组、同步对照(CON)组及STD组大鼠胸主动脉平滑肌细胞的凋亡情况;用Western blot法检测各组大鼠胸主动脉组织中Bad、FasL及Caspase-3蛋白表达的变化.[结果]:与CON组比较,SUS组大鼠胸主动脉平滑肌细胞TUNEL染色阳性的细胞明显减少(P<0.01);STD组TUNEL染色阳性的细胞较CON组及SUS组显著增加(P<0.01).SUS组Bad的表达较CON组和STD组显著减少(P<0.05),STD组Bad的表达较CON组有增加的趋势,但无统计学差异.SUS组FasL及Caspase-3的表达较CON组显著降低(P<0.05);STD组FasL及Caspase-3的表达较CON组及SUS组显著增高(P<0.01).[结论]:模拟失重可减少大鼠胸主动脉平滑肌细胞凋亡,每日1h的-Gx对抗可使胸主动脉平滑肌细胞的凋亡增加,提示血管组织平滑肌细胞的凋亡在失重引起的动脉血管适应性重构中可能发挥重要作用.%AIM: To investigate the effects of 3-week simulated microgravity and intermittent artificial gravity on apoptosis of thoracic aortic smooth muscle cells (TASMCs) in rats. METHODS: Twenty seven Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups with nine rats in each group: control group (CON) , tail-suspended group (SUS) and standing group (STD). SUS rats were used to simulate the effects of microgravity and homochronous countermeasure (STD, daily 1 h of -Gx gravitation) was used to simulate the effects of intermittent artificial gravity (IAG). Apoptosis of TASMCs was assessed by TUNEL staining, and protein expressions of Bad, FasL and Caspase-3 in thoracic aorta tissues were observed by Western blot. RESULTS

  6. Asian perspective in surgery: thoracic surgery in Turkey

    Turna, Akif


    Turkey with a population of 78 million is located between Asia and Europe geographically and culturally. There are 577 active pure thoracic surgeon and 37 thoracic surgery teaching units. Thoracic surgeons usually deal with lung cancer patients due to relatively higher rate of tobacco usage as well as inflammatory diseases such as pulmonary hydatid disease, bronchiectasis and empyema. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery has been a new approach which is being adapted by increasingly more surge...

  7. Acoustic Power Transmission Through a Ducted Fan

    Envia, Ed


    For high-speed ducted fans, when the rotor flowfield is shock-free, the main contribution to the inlet radiated acoustic power comes from the portion of the rotor stator interaction sound field that is transmitted upstream through the rotor. As such, inclusion of the acoustic transmission is an essential ingredient in the prediction of the fan inlet noise when the fan tip relative speed is subsonic. This paper describes a linearized Euler based approach to computing the acoustic transmission of fan tones through the rotor. The approach is embodied in a code called LINFLUX was applied to a candidate subsonic fan called the Advanced Ducted Propulsor (ADP). The results from this study suggest that it is possible to make such prediction with sufficient fidelity to provide an indication of the acoustic transmission trends with the fan tip speed.

  8. Theoretical analysis of HVAC duct hanger systems

    Miller, R. D.


    Several methods are presented which, together, may be used in the analysis of duct hanger systems over a wide range of frequencies. The finite element method (FEM) and component mode synthesis (CMS) method are used for low- to mid-frequency range computations and have been shown to yield reasonably close results. The statistical energy analysis (SEA) method yields predictions which agree with the CMS results for the 800 to 1000 Hz range provided that a sufficient number of modes participate. The CMS approach has been shown to yield valuable insight into the mid-frequency range of the analysis. It has been demonstrated that it is possible to conduct an analysis of a duct/hanger system in a cost-effective way for a wide frequency range, using several methods which overlap for several frequency bands.

  9. Extrahepatic bile duct neurilemmoma mimicking Klatskin tumor.

    Kamani, Fereshteh; Dorudinia, Atosa; Goravanchi, Farhood; Rahimi, Farzaneh


    Neurilemmoma rarely develops in the biliary tree. Here, we report a 39-year-old Iranian woman with neurilemmoma in the extrahepatic bile duct presenting with progressively deepening jaundice. On the basis of clinical and radiological features, this tumor was initially suspected as Klatskin tumor. Histologically, the tumor was a typical neurilemmoma. Immunostaining showed that tumor cells were strongly and diffusely positive for S-100 protein, which supported the diagnosis of neurilemmoma. Neurilemmoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of obstructive jaundice.

  10. Effect of a combined thoracic and backward lifting exercise on the thoracic kyphosis angle and intercostal muscle pain.

    Yoo, Won-Gyu


    [Purpose] This study developed a combined thoracic and backward lifting exercise for thoracic kyphosis angle and intercostal muscle pain. [Subject and Methods] The subject was a 41-year-old man who complained of upper thoracic and intercostal pain. He performed the combined thoracic and backward lifting exercise for 15 days. [Results] The initial VAS score for the intercostal area was 4/10. The VAS score decreased to 1/10 after the thoracic exercise combined with backward lifting. The initial thoracic kyphosis angle was 38° and it decreased to 32° after the exercise period. [Conclusion] Therefore, backward lifting and thoracic extension is a good posture for activating the different layers of muscle that are attached to the ribs. The kyphosis angle is also reduced by providing sufficient resistance during the thoracic exercise.

  11. Right anterior segmental hepatic duct emptying directly into the cystic duct in a living donor.

    Ishiguro, Yasunao; Hyodo, Masanobu; Fujiwara, Takehito; Sakuma, Yasunaru; Hojo, Nobuyuki; Mizuta, Koichi; Kawarasaki, Hideo; Lefor, Alan T; Yasuda, Yoshikazu


    A 35-year-old mother was scheduled to be the living donor for liver transplantation to her second son, who suffered from biliary atresia complicated with biliary cirrhosis at the age of 2 years. The operative plan was to recover the left lateral segment of the mother's liver for living donor transplantation. With the use of cholangiography at the time of surgery, we found the right anterior segmental duct (RASD) emptying directly into the cystic duct, and the catheter passed into the RASD. After repairing the incision in the cystic duct, transplantation was successfully performed. Her postoperative course was uneventful. Biliary anatomical variations were frequently encountered, however, this variation has very rarely been reported. If the RASD was divided, the repair would be very difficult because the duct will not dilate sufficiently in an otherwise healthy donor. Meticulous preoperative evaluation of the living donor's biliary anatomy, especially using magnetic resonance cholangiography and careful intraoperative techniques, is important to prevent bile duct injury and avoid the risk to the healthy donor.

  12. Endoscopic management of bile duct stones.

    Sivak, M V


    Endoscopic sphincterotomy is the procedure of choice for choledocholithiasis in patients who have had a cholecystectomy. The bile duct is cleared of stones in about 80 to 90 percent of patients. Available data, largely retrospective, suggest that surgery and endoscopic sphincterotomy are about equal with respect to removal of stones, morbidity, and mortality. Certain technical problems are discussed, including inability to insert the papillotome, the large stone, and problems relating to anatomy such as peripapillary diverticulum and prior gastrectomy. The treatment of patients with bile duct stones who have not had a cholecystectomy, with and without cholelithiasis, is controversial. Endoscopic sphincterotomy without subsequent cholecystectomy is adequate treatment for the majority of patients who are unfit for surgery, even if there are stones in the gallbladder, provided they are asymptomatic after endoscopic removal of stones from the bile ducts. Endoscopic sphincterotomy has been performed in the treatment of gallstone-induced pancreatitis, acute obstructive cholangitis, and sump syndrome. The complication rate for endoscopic sphincterotomy ranges from 6.5 to 8.7 percent, with a mortality rate of 0 to 1.3 percent. The most common serious complications are perforation, hemorrhage, acute pancreatitis, and sepsis.

  13. Endoscopic Management of Difficult Bile Duct Stones

    Christian Ell


    Full Text Available More than 90% of all common bile duct concrements can be removed via the endoscopic retrograde route via endoscopic sphincterotomy, stone extraction by baskets and balloon catheters, or mechanical lithotripsy. Oversized, very hard or impacted stones, however, often still resist conventional endoscopic therapy. Promising new or improved approaches for the treatment of these stones are intracorporeal or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Shockwave lithotriptors for extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy are currently available worldwide. However, for the waterbath first generation devices, general anesthesia is required since shockwaves are very painful. Furthermore, an x-ray localization system is essential to visualize the stones after having filled the bile duct over a nasobiliary catheter. An average of two shockwave treatments with additional two to four endoscopic sessions are required. ln tracorporeal lithotripsy promises more comfort and less effort for the patient. Shockwaves are generated either by means of the spark gap principle (electrohydraulic probes or by laser-induced plasma generation. Laser-induced shockwave lithotripsy appears to be more safer, since with dye and solid state lasers, athermal, well-controlled shockwaves can be generateJ without the risks for duct perfo ration (as described for the electrohydraulic system. Furthermore, a recently developed stone-tissue detection system integrated in a new dye laser system enchances the safety of laser-induced lithotripsy. ln consequence, lithotripsy without direct endoscopic control appears possible in selected cases.

  14. Particle deposition in industrial duct bends.

    Peters, Thomas M; Leith, David


    A study of particle deposition in industrial duct bends is presented. Particle deposition by size was measured by comparing particle size distributions upstream and downstream of bends that had geometries and flow conditions similar to those used in industrial ventilation. As the interior surface of the duct bend was greased to prevent particle bounce, the results are applicable to liquid drops and solid particles where duct walls are sticky. Factors investigated were: (i) flow Reynolds number (Re = 203 000, 36 000); (ii) particle Reynolds number (10 vertical); and (vii) construction technique (smooth, gored, segmented). Measured deposition was compared with models developed for bends in small diameter sampling lines (Re 20 microm, deposition was slightly greater in the horizontal-to-horizontal orientation than in the horizontal-to-vertical orientation due to gravitational settling. Penetration was not a multiplicative function of bend angle as theory predicts, due to the developing nature of turbulent flow in bends. Deposition in a smooth bend was similar to that in a gored bend; however, a tight radius segmented bend (R0 = 1.7) exhibited much lower deposition. For more gradual bends (3 < R0 < 12), curvature ratio had negligible effect on deposition.

  15. MRI of the biliary and pancreatic ducts

    Pavone, P.; Laghi, A.; Catalano, C.; Panebianco, V.; Fabiano, S.; Passariello, R. [Dept. of Radiology II, Univ. of Rome ``La Sapienza`` (Italy)


    Magnetic resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a non-invasive imaging technique able to provide projectional images of the bile ducts. Different sequences, using both breath-hold and non-breath-hold acquisition techniques, have been employed in order to obtain MRCP images. The authors discuss technical aspects, considering both three-dimensional non-breath-hold techniques and two-dimensional breath-hold, multi-slice and thick slab sequences. Clinical applications of MRCP are evaluated, presenting data from both the literature and personal experience. The main indication for MRCP study is represented by the evaluation of common bile duct obstruction, with the aim of assessing the presence of the obstruction (accuracy 85-100 %) and, subsequently, its level (accuracy 91-100 %) and its cause. The utility of associating conventional MR images to MRCP in malignant strictures, in order to characterize and stage the malignant lesion, is also discussed. Finally, data are presented regarding the indications and the utility of MR-pancreatography in the evaluation of patients with pancreatic duct anomalies and chronic pancreatitis. (orig.) With 9 figs., 39 refs.

  16. May 2014 Arizona thoracic society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after first 150 words. The May 2014 Arizona Thoracic Society meeting was held on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 at Scottsdale Shea Hospital beginning at 6:30 PM. There were 13 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep and radiology communities. A discussion was held regarding the Arizona Thoracic Society relationship with the American Lung Association. Several members volunteered to talk to the lung association regarding common ground to strengthen the relationship. The wine tasting with the California, New Mexico and Colorado Thoracic Societies at the American Thoracic Society International Meeting was a big success. There were about 55 at the meeting. The tasting will probably be held again next year. At the ATS meeting data was presented that pirfenidone was effective in reducing the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF. The data was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 8/29/14 (1. Lewis Wesselius is one of the investigators enrolling patients in a phase ...

  17. March 2017 Arizona thoracic society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after 150 words. The March 2017 Arizona Thoracic Society meeting was held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the HonorHealth Rehabilitation Hospital beginning at 6:30 PM. This was a dinner meeting with case presentations. There 11 attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, thoracic surgery and radiology communities. There was a discussion of supporting the Tobacco 21 bill which had been introduced into the Arizona State Legislature. The bill was assigned to the House Commerce Committee but was not scheduled for a hearing by the Chair-Representative, Jeff Wininger from Chandler. It seems likely that the bill will be reintroduced in the future and the Arizona Thoracic Society will support the bill in the future. Three cases were presented: 1. Dr. Bridgett Ronan presented a 57-year-old man with cough and shortness of breath. His physical examination and spirometry were unremarkable. A thoracic CT scan showed large calcified and noncalcified pleural plaques and mediastinal lymphadenopathy. …

  18. April 2014 Arizona thoracic society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. The April 2014 Arizona Thoracic Society meeting was held on Wednesday, 4/23/2014 at Scottsdale Shea Hospital beginning at 6:30 PM. There were 15 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, pathology and radiology communities. It was announced that there will be a wine tasting with the California, New Mexico and Colorado Thoracic Societies at the American Thoracic Society International Meeting. The tasting will be led by Peter Wagner and is scheduled for the Cobalt Room in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Tuesday, May 20, from 4-8 PM. Guideline development was again discussed. The consensus was to await publication of the IDSA Cocci Guidelines and respond appropriately. George Parides, Arizona Chapter Representative, gave a presentation on Hill Day. Representatives of the Arizona, New Mexico and Washington Thoracic Societies met with their Congressional delegations, including Rep. David Schweikert, to discuss the Cigar Bill, NIH funding, and the Medicare Sustainable Growth ...

  19. February 2014 Arizona Thoracic Society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. The February 2014 Arizona Thoracic Society was a dinner meeting sponsored by Select Specialty Hospital and held on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 at Shea Hospital beginning at 6:30 PM. There were 14 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and radiology communities. Gerald Swartzberg was presented a plaque as the Arizona Thoracic Society clinician of the year by George Parides (Figure 1. A discussion was held about having a wine tasting in San Diego at the ATS International Conference. Peter Wagner (Slurping Around with PDW has agreed to lead the conference. It was decided to extend invitations to the New Mexico, Colorado and California Thoracic Societies along with the Mayo Clinic. A question was raised about guideline development. It was felt that we should review the Infectious Disease Society of America Valley Fever guidelines and determine if the Arizona Thoracic Society might have something to contribute. Three cases were presented: Lewis ...

  20. Thoracic empyema caused by Campylobacter rectus.

    Ogata, Tomoyuki; Urata, Teruo; Nemoto, Daisuke; Hitomi, Shigemi


    We report a case of thoracic empyema caused by Campylobacter rectus, an organism considered as a periodontal pathogen but rarely recovered from extraoral specimens. The patient fully recovered through drainage of purulent pleural fluid and administration of antibiotics. The present case illustrates that C. rectus can be a cause of not only periodontal disease but also pulmonary infection.

  1. Evolution of Thoracic Surgery in Canada

    Jean Deslauriers


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Canada’s contributions toward the 21st century’s practice of thoracic surgery have been both unique and multilayered. Scattered throughout are tales of pioneers where none had gone before, where opportunities were greeted by creativity and where iconic figures followed one another.

  2. Evaluation of Registration Methods on Thoracic CT

    Murphy, K.; van Ginneken, B.; Reinhardt, J.;


    EMPIRE10 (Evaluation of Methods for Pulmonary Image REgistration 2010) is a public platform for fair and meaningful comparison of registration algorithms which are applied to a database of intra-patient thoracic CT image pairs. Evaluation of non-rigid registration techniques is a non trivial task...

  3. Compact Buried Ducts in a Hot-Humid Climate House

    Mallay, Dave [Home Innovation Research Labs, Upper Marlboro, MD (United States)


    "9A system of compact, buried ducts provides a high-performance and cost-effective solution for delivering conditioned air throughout the building. This report outlines research activities that are expected to facilitate adoption of compact buried duct systems by builders. The results of this research would be scalable to many new house designs in most climates and markets, leading to wider industry acceptance and building code and energy program approval. The primary research question with buried ducts is potential condensation at the outer jacket of the duct insulation in humid climates during the cooling season. Current best practices for buried ducts rely on encapsulating the insulated ducts with closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation to control condensation and improve air sealing. The encapsulated buried duct concept has been analyzed and shown to be effective in hot-humid climates. The purpose of this project is to develop an alternative buried duct system that performs effectively as ducts in conditioned space - durable, energy efficient, and cost-effective - in a hot-humid climate (IECC warm-humid climate zone 3A) with three goals that distinguish this project: 1) Evaluation of design criteria for buried ducts that use common materials and do not rely on encapsulation using spray foam or disrupt traditional work sequences; 2) Establishing design criteria for compact ducts and incorporate those with the buried duct criteria to further reduce energy losses and control installed costs; 3) Developing HVAC design guidance for performing accurate heating and cooling load calculations for compact buried ducts.

  4. Black-tea polyphenols suppress postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia by suppressing lymphatic transport of dietary fat in rats.

    Kobayashi, Makoto; Ichitani, Masaki; Suzuki, Yuko; Unno, Tomonori; Sugawara, Takashi; Yamahira, Takashi; Kato, Masaki; Takihara, Takanobu; Sagesaka, Yuko; Kakuda, Takami; Ikeda, Ikuo


    Administration of black-tea polyphenols (BTP) at 100 and 200 mg/kg of body weight in rats suppressed postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia in a dose-dependent manner. Administration of BTP also suppressed lymphatic recovery of (14)C-trioleoylglycerol in rats that were cannulated in the thoracic duct. BTP dose-dependently inhibited the activity of pancreatic lipase in vitro with an IC50 of 0.254 mg/mL. When purified theaflavins, which are components of BTP, were used, theaflavins with galloyl moieties, but not those without galloyl moiety, inhibited the activity of pancreatic lipase. Theaflavin-3,3'-digallate (TFDG) was more effective in inhibiting the activity of pancreatic lipase than epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and a mixture of EGCG and ECG. BTP and TFDG had a similar effect in inhibiting the activity of pancreatic lipase when the total polyphenol amount was adjusted to the same. BTP had no effect on micellar solubility of hydrolysis products of triacylglycerol. These results suggest that BTP suppressed postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia by reducing triacylglycerol absorption via the inhibition of pancreatic lipase activity.

  5. Thoracic sympathectomy for upper extremity ischemia.

    Hoexum, Frank; Coveliers, Hans M; Lu, Joyce J; Jongkind, Vincent; Yeung, Kakkhee K; Wisselink, Willem


    Thoracic sympathectomy is performed in the management of a variety of disorders of the upper extremity. To evaluate the contemporary results of thoracic sympathectomy for upper extremity ischemia a systematic review of the literature was conducted. We performed a PubMed, EMBASE and Cochrane search of the literature written in the English language from January 1975 to December 2015. All articles presenting original patient data regarding the effect of treatment on symptoms or on the healing of ulcers were eligible for inclusion. Individual analyses for Primary Raynaud's Disease (PRD) and Secondary Raynaud's Phenomenon (SRP) were performed. We included 6 prospective and 23 retrospective series with a total of 753 patients and 1026 affected limbs. Early beneficial effects of thoracic sympathectomy were noticed in 63-100% (median 94%) of all patients, in 73-100% (median 98%) of PRD patients and in 63-100% (median 94%) of SRP patients. The beneficial effect was noted to lessen over time. Long-term beneficial effects were reported in 13-100% (median 75%) of all patients, in 22-100% (median 58%) of PRD patients, and in 13-100% (median 79%) of SRD patients. Complete or improved ulcer healing was achieved in 33-100% and 25-67% respectively, of all patients. Thoracic sympathectomy can be beneficial in the treatment of upper extremity ischemia in select patients. Although the effect in patients with PRD will lessen over time, it may still reduce the severity of symptoms. In SRD, effects are more often long-lasting. In addition, thoracic sympathectomy may maximize tissue preservation or prevent amputation in cases of digital ulceration.

  6. Right thoracic curvature in the normal spine

    Masuda Keigo


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Trunk asymmetry and vertebral rotation, at times observed in the normal spine, resemble the characteristics of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS. Right thoracic curvature has also been reported in the normal spine. If it is determined that the features of right thoracic side curvature in the normal spine are the same as those observed in AIS, these findings might provide a basis for elucidating the etiology of this condition. For this reason, we investigated right thoracic curvature in the normal spine. Methods For normal spinal measurements, 1,200 patients who underwent a posteroanterior chest radiographs were evaluated. These consisted of 400 children (ages 4-9, 400 adolescents (ages 10-19 and 400 adults (ages 20-29, with each group comprised of both genders. The exclusion criteria were obvious chest and spinal diseases. As side curvature is minimal in normal spines and the range at which curvature is measured is difficult to ascertain, first the typical curvature range in scoliosis patients was determined and then the Cobb angle in normal spines was measured using the same range as the scoliosis curve, from T5 to T12. Right thoracic curvature was given a positive value. The curve pattern was organized in each collective three groups: neutral (from -1 degree to 1 degree, right (> +1 degree, and left ( Results In child group, Cobb angle in left was 120, in neutral was 125 and in right was 155. In adolescent group, Cobb angle in left was 70, in neutral was 114 and in right was 216. In adult group, Cobb angle in left was 46, in neutral was 102 and in right was 252. The curvature pattern shifts to the right side in the adolescent group (p Conclusions Based on standing chest radiographic measurements, a right thoracic curvature was observed in normal spines after adolescence.

  7. Extra-hepatic bile duct hamartoma in a 10-month-old with a morgagni hernia and multiple anatomical anomalies: a rare and incidental finding.

    Shah, Adil A; Karass, Michael; Page, Andrew J; Shehata, Bahig M; Durham, Megan M


    Von Meyenburg complexes (VMCs), also known as bile duct hamartomas, are a part of a group of ductal plate malformations. They are typically present intrahepatically. In this case, we present to our knowledge the first report of an extra-hepatic VMC in the pediatric population. The patient presented as a 10-month-old infant with a weeklong history of progressive breathing difficulty. A chest radiograph was obtained, showing intestinal loops in the thoracic cavity consistent with a Morgagni's hernia, unrelated to his breathing difficulty. The patient then underwent an elective repair of his congenital diaphragmatic defect. During the operation, the bile duct hamartoma was found adherent to the accessory lobe of the liver, present to the left of the ligamentum teres.

  8. Aberrant bile ducts, 'remnant surface bile ducts,' and peribiliary glands: descriptive anatomy, historical nomenclature, and surgical implications.

    El Gharbawy, Ramadan M; Skandalakis, Lee J; Heffron, Thomas G; Skandalakis, John E


    The term "aberrant bile ducts" has been used to designate three heterogeneous groups of biliary structures: (1) bile ducts degenerating or disappearing (unknown etiology, diverse locations); (2) curious biliary structures in the transverse fissure; and (3) aberrant right bile ducts draining directly into the common hepatic duct. We report our observations on these three groups. Twenty-nine fresh human livers of stillborns and adults were injected differentially with colored latex and dissected. Adult livers showed portal venous and hepatic arterial branches, and bile ducts not associated with parenchyma, subjacent to and firmly adherent with the liver capsule: elements of ramifications of normal sheaths were present on the liver's surface. These ramifications, having lost parenchyma associated with them, then sequentially lost their portal branches, bile ducts and arterial branches. This process affected the ramifications of the sheaths in the left triangular ligament, adjacent to the inferior vena cava, in the gallbladder bed and anywhere else on the liver's surface and resulted in the presence of bile ducts accompanied by portal venous and/or hepatic arterial branches and not associated with parenchyma for a period of time. This first group represented normal bile ducts that do not meet the criteria of aberration and could be appropriately designated "remnant surface bile ducts." Such changes were not found in the transverse fissures and review of the literature revealed that the curious biliary structures are the microscopic peribiliary glands. The third group met the criteria of aberration and the anatomy of a representative duct is described.

  9. Right anterior segmental hepatic duct emptying directly into the cystic duct in a living donor

    Yasunao; Ishiguro; Masanobu; Hyodo; Takehito; Fujiwara; Yasunaru; Sakuma; Nobuyuki; Hojo; Koichi; Mizuta; Hideo; Kawarasaki; Alan; T; Lefor; Yoshikazu; Yasuda


    A 35-year-old mother was scheduled to be the living donor for liver transplantation to her second son,who suffered from biliary atresia complicated with biliary cirrhosis at the age of 2 years.The operative plan was to recover the left lateral segment of the mother's liver for living donor transplantation.With the use of cholangiography at the time of surgery,we found the right anterior segmental duct(RASD) emptying directly into the cystic duct,and the catheter passed into the RASD.After repairing the inci...

  10. The Use of Robotic-Assisted Thoracic Surgery for Lung Resection: A Comprehensive Systematic Review.

    Agzarian, John; Fahim, Christine; Shargall, Yaron; Yasufuku, Kazuhiro; Waddell, Thomas K; Hanna, Waël C


    The primary objective of this study is to systematically review all pertinent literature related to robotic-assisted lung resection. Robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) case series and studies comparing RATS with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) or thoracotomy were included in the search. In accordance with preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses guidelines, 2 independent reviewers performed the search and review of resulting titles and abstracts. Following full-text screening, a total of 20 articles met the inclusion criteria and are presented in the review. Amenable results were pooled and presented as a single outcome, and meta-analyses were performed for outcomes having more than 3 comparative analyses. Data are presented in the following 4 categories: technical outcomes, perioperative outcomes, oncological outcomes, and cost comparison. RATS was associated with longer operative time, but did not result in a greater rate of conversion to thoracotomy than VATS. RATS was superior to thoracotomy and equivalent to VATS for the incidence of prolonged air leak and hospital length-of-stay. Oncological outcomes like nodal upstaging and survival were no different between VATS and RATS. RATS was more costly than VATS, with most of the costs attributed to capital and disposable expenses of the robotic platform. Although limited by a lack of prospective analysis, lung resection via RATS compares favorably with thoracotomy and appears to be no different than VATS. Prospective studies are required to determine if there are outcome differences between RATS and VATS.

  11. Thoracic Idiopathic Scoliosis Severity Is Highly Correlated with 3D Measures of Thoracic Kyphosis.

    Sullivan, T Barrett; Reighard, Fredrick G; Osborn, Emily J; Parvaresh, Kevin C; Newton, Peter O


    Loss of thoracic kyphosis has been associated with thoracic idiopathic scoliosis. Modern 3-dimensional (3D) imaging systems allow more accurate characterization of the scoliotic deformity than traditional radiographs. In this study, we utilized 3D calculations to characterize the association between increasing scoliosis severity and changes in the sagittal and axial planes. Patients evaluated in a scoliosis clinic and determined to have either a normal spine or idiopathic scoliosis were included in the analysis. All underwent upright, biplanar radiography with 3D reconstructions. Two-dimensional (2D) measurements of the magnitude of the thoracic major curve and the thoracic kyphosis were recorded. Image processing and MATLAB analysis were utilized to produce a 3D calculation of thoracic kyphosis and apical vertebral axial rotation. Regression analysis was performed to determine the correlation of 2D kyphosis, 3D kyphosis, and apical axial rotation with the magnitude of the thoracic major curve. The 442 patients for whom 2D and 3D data were collected had a main thoracic curve magnitude ranging from 1° to 118°. Linear regression analysis of the 2D and 3D T5-T12 kyphosis versus main thoracic curve magnitude yielded significant models (p scoliosis magnitude increased, at a rate of more than half the increase in the main thoracic curve magnitude. Analysis confirmed a surprisingly strong correlation between scoliosis severity and loss of 3D kyphosis that was absent in the 2D analysis. A similarly strong correlation between curve magnitude and apical axial rotation was evident. These findings lend further credence to the concept that scoliosis progresses in the coronal, sagittal, and axial planes simultaneously. The findings of this study suggest that 3D assessment is critical for adequate characterization of the multiplanar deformity of idiopathic scoliosis and deformity in the sagittal plane is linked to deformity in the coronal plane. Increasing severity of coronal

  12. Dry needling for the management of thoracic spine pain.

    Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, César; Layton, Michelle; Dommerholt, Jan


    Thoracic spine pain is as disabling as neck and low back pain without receiving the same level of attention in the scientific literature. Among the different structures that can refer pain to the thoracic spine, muscles often play a relevant role. Trigger points (TrPs) from neck, shoulder and spinal muscles can induce pain in the region of the thoracic spine. There is a lack of evidence reporting the presence of TrPs in the region of the thoracic spine, but clinical evidence suggests that TrPs can be a potential source of thoracic spine pain. The current paper discusses the role of TrPs in the thoracic spine and dry needling (DN) for the management of TrPs in the thoracic multifidi and longissimus thoracis. This paper also includes a brief discussion of the application of DN in other tissues such as tendons, ligaments and scars.

  13. Climate analysis of evaporation ducts in the South China Sea

    McKeon, Brian D.


    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Evaporation ducts have important implications for U.S. Naval activities involving electromagnetic propagation. The presence of an evaporation duct can affect naval operations involving communications, surveillance, electronic warfare, and detection of low-flying missiles, surface ships, or submarine periscopes. We conducted a climate scale analysis of evaporation duct heights (EDH) in the northern South China Sea (SCS), including how ...

  14. Omphalomesenteric duct cyst with gastric mocosa: A case report


    Persistance of the omphalomesenteric duct may lead to several anomalies including umblical sinus, umblical cyst, MeckeVs diverticulum or patent omphalomesenteric duct fistula. Clinical manifestations of umblical disorders are usually nonspecific; use of cross-sectional imaging can help identify most of these entities because of their typical locations and distributions in continuity with the other organs and guide therapy. A case of omphalomesenteric duct cyst are presented and analysed toget...

  15. Method for Observing Intravascular BongHan Duct

    Jiang, X; Shin, H; Lee, B; Choi, C; Soh, K; Cheun, B; Baik, K; Soh, K; Jiang, Xiaowen; Kim, Hee-kyeong; Shin, Hak-soo; Lee, Byong-chon; Choi, Chunho; Soh, Kyung-soon; Cheun, Byeung-soo; Baik, Ku-youn; Soh, Kwang-sup


    A method for observing intra blood vessel ducts which are threadlike bundle of tubules which form a part of the BongHan duct system. By injecting 10% dextrose solution at a vena femoralis one makes the intravascular BongHan duct thicker and stronger to be easily detectable after incision of vessels. The duct is semi-transparent, soft and elastic, and composed of smaller tubules whose diameters are of 10$\\mu$m order, which is in agreement with BongHan theory.

  16. Biliary stenting for management of common bile duct stones.

    Choudhuri, G; Sharma, B C; Saraswat, V A; Agarwal, D K; Baijal, S S


    Large and multiple common bile duct stones may defy extraction despite an adequate endoscopic papillotomy. We treated 65 patients with symptomatic bile duct stones with endoscopic stents after failed attempts at stone extraction. Of the 65 patients, bile duct stones were extracted in eight at a second attempt, 29 underwent elective surgery and 28 patients were followed with the stent in situ for 21-52 months (median 42 months). During follow up, two patients had recurrent pain and two required surgery. The remaining 24 patients remained asymptomatic. Biliary stenting is a safe and effective mode of treatment for common bile duct stones in patients who have failed stone extraction after endoscopic papillotomy.

  17. Flexible metallic seal for transition duct in turbine system

    Flanagan, James Scott; LeBegue, Jeffrey Scott; McMahan, Kevin Weston; Dillard, Daniel Jackson; Pentecost, Ronnie Ray


    A turbine system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the turbine system includes a transition duct. The transition duct includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The transition duct further includes an interface member for interfacing with a turbine section. The turbine system further includes a flexible metallic seal contacting the interface member to provide a seal between the interface member and the turbine section.

  18. Experimental investigation of a rapidly rotating turbulent duct flow

    Maartensson, G.E.; Johansson, A.V. [Department of Mechanics, KTH, 10044 Stockholm (Sweden); Gunnarsson, J. [Bombardier Transportation, Vaesteraas (Sweden); Moberg, H. [Alfa Laval, 14780 Tumba (Sweden)


    Rapidly rotating duct flow is studied experimentally with Rotation numbers in the interval. To achieve this, in combination with relatively high Reynolds numbers (5,000-30,000 based on the hydraulic radius), water was used as the working medium. Square and rectangular duct cross-sections were used and the angle between the rotation vector and the main axis of the duct was varied. The influence of the rotation on the pressure drop in the duct was investigated and suitable scalings of this quantity were studied. (orig.)

  19. Leaf seal for transition duct in turbine system

    Flanagan, James Scott; LeBegue, Jeffrey Scott; McMahan, Kevin Weston; Dillard, Daniel Jackson; Pentecost, Ronnie Ray


    A turbine system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the turbine system includes a transition duct. The transition duct includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The transition duct further includes an interface member for interfacing with a turbine section. The turbine system further includes a leaf seal contacting the interface member to provide a seal between the interface member and the turbine section.


    O. E. Iryshkin


    Full Text Available Aim. To study the clinica-morphological features of syndromatic and nonsyndromatic paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts in pediatric liver transplant recipients. Methods and results. The clinical records were analyzed and histological studies of native livers of 20 children, who had suffered from paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts and to whom liver transplantation were made, were completed. The obtained data indicate higher levels of AST in patients with nonsyndromatic paucity of intrahepaticbile ducts (p = 0,023. Ductopenia was the more frequent indication of syndromatic form of paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts (p = 0,01, while ductular proliferations, which form «ductular structure», were discovered more often in nonsyndromatic paucity of intrahepaticbile ducts (p = 0,03. The extent of inflammatory-destructive changes was more expressed in nonsyndromatic pauci- ty of intrahepatic bile ducts (p = 0,01. Fibrosis or cirrhosis was formed more often in nonsyndromatic paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts (p = 0,008. Conclusion. Our results indicate more severe clinical and morphological manifestations in nonsyndromatic paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts. These findings may suggest about heavier liver condition in patient with nonsyndromatic form of paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts

  1. Duct injection technology prototype development: Evaluation of engineering data


    The objective of the Duct Injection Technology Prototype Development Project is to develop a sound design basis for applying duct injection technology as a post-combustion SO{sub 2}emissions control method to existing coal-fired power plants. The necessary engineering design and scale-up criteria will be developed for the commercialization of duct injection technology for the control of SO{sub 2} emissions from coal-fired boilers in the utility industry. The primary focus of the analyses summarized in this Topical Report is the review of the known technical and economic information associated with duct injection technology. (VC)

  2. Convolution seal for transition duct in turbine system

    Flanagan, James Scott; LeBegue, Jeffrey Scott; McMahan, Kevin Weston; Dillard, Daniel Jackson; Pentecost, Ronnie Ray


    A turbine system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the turbine system includes a transition duct. The transition duct includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The transition duct further includes an interface member for interfacing with a turbine section. The turbine system further includes a convolution seal contacting the interface member to provide a seal between the interface member and the turbine section.

  3. Rats

    Alexey Kondrashov


    Full Text Available We aimed to perform a chemical analysis of both Alibernet red wine and an alcohol-free Alibernet red wine extract (AWE and to investigate the effects of AWE on nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species production as well as blood pressure development in normotensive Wistar Kyoto (WKY and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs. Total antioxidant capacity together with total phenolic and selected mineral content was measured in wine and AWE. Young 6-week-old male WKY and SHR were treated with AWE (24,2 mg/kg/day for 3 weeks. Total NOS and SOD activities, eNOS and SOD1 protein expressions, and superoxide production were determined in the tissues. Both antioxidant capacity and phenolic content were significantly higher in AWE compared to wine. The AWE increased NOS activity in the left ventricle, aorta, and kidney of SHR, while it did not change NOS activity in WKY rats. Similarly, increased SOD activity in the plasma and left ventricle was observed in SHR only. There were no changes in eNOS and SOD1 expressions. In conclusion, phenolics and minerals included in AWE may contribute directly to increased NOS and SOD activities of SHR. Nevertheless, 3 weeks of AWE treatment failed to affect blood pressure of SHR.

  4. Microsurgical anastomosis of sperm duct by laser tissue soldering

    Wehner, Martin M.; Teutu-Kengne, Alain-Fleury; Brkovic, Drasko; Henning, Thomas; Klee, Doris; Poprawe, Reinhart; Jakse, Gerhard


    Connection of small vessels is usually done by suturing which is very cumbersome. Laser tissue soldering can circumvent that obstacle if a handy procedure can be defined. Our principle approach consists of a bioresorbable hollow stent with an expected degradation time of 3 weeks in combination with laser soldering. The stent is to be fed into the vessel to stabilize both ends and should allow percolation immediately after joining. The stents are made of Poly(D,L-lactid-co-glycolid) and solder is prepared from bovine serum albumin (BSA) doped with Indocyanine green (ICG) as chromophore to increase the absorption of laser light. After insertion, solder is applied onto the outer surface of the vessel and coagulated by laser radiation. The wavelength of 810 nm of a diode laser fits favorably to absorption properties of tissue and solder such that heating up of tissue is limited to prevent from necrosis and wound healing complications. In our study the preparation of stents, the consistency and doping of solder, a beam delivery instrument and the irradiation conditions are worked out. In-vitro tests are carried out on sperm ducts of Sprague-Dowlae (SD) rats. Different irradiation conditions are investigated and a micro-optical system consisting of a lens and a reflecting prism to ensure simultaneous irradiation of front and back side of the vessels tested. Under these conditions, the short-term rupture strength of laser anastomosis revealed as high as those achieved by suturing.

  5. Live 3D image overlay for arterial duct closure with Amplatzer Duct Occluder II additional size.

    Goreczny, Sebstian; Morgan, Gareth J; Dryzek, Pawel


    Despite several reports describing echocardiography for the guidance of ductal closure, two-dimensional angiography remains the mainstay imaging tool; three-dimensional rotational angiography has the potential to overcome some of the drawbacks of standard angiography, and reconstructed image overlay provides reliable guidance for device placement. We describe arterial duct closure solely from venous approach guided by live three-dimensional image overlay.

  6. Effectiveness of duct sealing and duct insulation in multi-family buildings. Final report

    Karins, N.H.; Tuluca, A.; Modera, M.


    This research investigated the cost-effectiveness of sealing and insulating the accessible portions of duct systems exposed to unconditioned areas in multifamily housing. Airflow and temperature measurements were performed in 25 apartments served by 10 systems a 9 multi-family properties. The measurements were performed before and after each retrofit, and included apartment airflow (supply and return), duct system temperatures, system fan flow and duct leakage area. The costs for each retrofit were recorded. The data were analyzed and used to develop a prototypical multifamily house. This prototype was used in energy simulations (DOE-2.1E) and air infiltration simulations (COMIS 2.1). The simulations were performed for two climates: New York City and Albany. In each climate, one simulation was performed assuming the basement was tight, and another assuming the basement was leaky. Simulation results and average retrofit costs were used to calculate cost-effectiveness. The results of the analysis indicate that sealing leaks of the accessible ductwork is cost-effective under all conditions simulated (simple payback was between 3 and 4 years). Insulating the accessible ductwork, however, is only cost-effective for buildings with leaky basement, in both climates (simple paybacks were less than 5 years). The simple payback period for insulating the ducts in buildings with tight basements was greater than 10 years, the threshold of cost-effectiveness for this research. 13 refs., 5 figs., 27 tabs.

  7. Radiation of sound from unflanged cylindrical ducts

    Hartharan, S. L.; Bayliss, A.


    Calculations of sound radiated from unflanged cylindrical ducts are presented. The numerical simulation models the problem of an aero-engine inlet. The time dependent linearized Euler equations are solved from a state of rest until a harmonic solution is attained. A fourth order accurate finite difference scheme is used and solutions are obtained from a fully vectorized Cyber-203 computer program. Cases of both plane waves and spin modes are treated. Spin modes model the sound generated by a turbofan engine. Boundary conditions for both plane waves and spin modes are treated. Solutions obtained are compared with experiments conducted at NASA Langley Research Center.


    黄孟才; 顾忠; 沈俊; 唐复勇


    The paper deals with nonlinear elasticity of blood arterial duct, in which the artery is modeled to bea locally triclinic, transverse isotropic, incorapressible, axisymmetric and thickwalled tube with large deformations, The nonlinear coustitutive relationship of arterial tissues is based on the theorv of Green and Adkins. A nonlinear strain energy density function is introduced for nonlinear stress-strain relationship of second order, in which the coefficient of each term is expressed by means of a Lame’s constant, The elasticity constants are nqcessary to describe such a uonlinear finite strain etastieity of the second order, These constants are determined by means of the stress-strain increment theory.

  9. Classification and management of bile duct injuries


    To review the classification and general guidelines for treatment of bile duct injury patients and their long term results. In a 20-year period, 510 complex circumferential injuries have been referred to our team for repair at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición “Salvador Zubirán” hospital in Mexico City and 198 elsewhere (private practice). The records at the third level Academic University Hospital were analyzed and divided into three periods of time: GI-1990-99 (33 cases...

  10. Comminuted fracture of the thoracic spine.

    Cashman, J P


    BACKGROUND: Road deaths fell initially after the introduction of the penalty points but despite this, the rate of spinal injuries remained unchanged. AIMS: We report a patient with a dramatic spinal injury, though without neurological deficit. We discuss the classification, management and economic impact of these injuries. METHODS: We describe the management of a patient with a comminuted thoracic spinal fracture without neurological injury. We conducted a literature review with regard to the availability of literature of the management of these injuries. RESULTS: This 17-year-old female was managed surgically and had a good functional outcome. There is no clear consensus in the published literature on the management of these injuries. CONCLUSIONS: Comminuted thoracic spinal factures are potentially devastating. Such a patient presents challenges in determining the appropriate treatment.

  11. March 2014 Arizona thoracic society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after 150 words. The March 2014 Arizona Thoracic Society meeting was a special meeting. In conjunction with the Valley Fever Center for Excellence and the Arizona Respiratory Center the Eighteenth Annual Farness Lecture was held in the Sonntag Pavilion at St. Joseph's Hospital at 6 PM on Friday, April 4, 2014. The guest speaker was Antonio "Tony" Catanzaro, MD from the University of California San Diego and current president of the Cocci Study Group. There were 57 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and infectious disease communities. After opening remarks by Arizona Thoracic Society president, Lewis Wesselius (a former fellow under Dr. Catanzaro at UCSD, John Galgiani, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, gave a brief history of the Farness lecture before introducing Dr. Catanzaro. The lecture is named for Orin J. Farness, a Tucson physician, who was the first to report culture positive coccidioidomycosis (cocci or Valley Fever. ...


    Aurelia PREDA


    Full Text Available Respiratory reeducation is a way to recover the thoracic contusion. Correcting dyspnea induced by pain, decreases the required postcontuzional recovery time and, therefore, the required social reintegration time. This is achieved an increasing of the pacient life quality, and significant savings of human and material resources: reducing medical and somato-functional recovery costs, reducing the sick leave payment and the work days off to. The „TES” device has been designed in order to improve respiratory reeducation and to recover the thoracic contusion. A study showed that the postcontuzional recovery was significantly increased by using the physical exercises of respiratory reeducation. The „TES” device demonstrated his role in this.

  13. Incidental Cardiac Findings on Thoracic Imaging.

    Kok, Hong Kuan


    The cardiac structures are well seen on nongated thoracic computed tomography studies in the investigation and follow-up of cardiopulmonary disease. A wide variety of findings can be incidentally picked up on careful evaluation of the pericardium, cardiac chambers, valves, and great vessels. Some of these findings may represent benign variants, whereas others may have more profound clinical importance. Furthermore, the expansion of interventional and surgical practice has led to the development and placement of new cardiac stents, implantable pacemaker devices, and prosthetic valves with which the practicing radiologist should be familiar. We present a collection of common incidental cardiac findings that can be readily identified on thoracic computed tomography studies and briefly discuss their clinical relevance.

  14. [Thoracic ectopia cordis with tetralogy of fallot].

    Ben Khalfallah, A; Annabi, N; Ousji, M; Hadrich, M; Najai, A


    Ectopia cordis; very rare congenital malformation, characterized by an evisceration of the heart through a parietal defect. The thoracic localization is most frequent. We report the case of a full term baby girl without follow-up of the pregnancy, presenting a beating mass in thoracic position, expansive to the effort, covered by a translucent membrane corresponding to an ectopique position of the heart. Transthoracic echocardiography shows cardiac malformation: Fallot tetralogy. The precocious diagnosis is possible by prenatal ultrasound examination after 12th week of pregnancy. The surgical treatment remain the only hope for these neonates. It's results depends on the associated malformations and the neonatal complications especially the infections. The prognosis remains poor in spite of the progress of surgical techniques.

  15. Palpation of the upper thoracic spine

    Christensen, Henrik Wulff; Vach, Werner; Vach, Kirstin;


    procedure. RESULTS: Using an "expanded" definition of agreement that accepts small inaccuracies (+/-1 segment) in the numbering of spinal segments, we found--based on the pooled data from the thoracic spine--kappa values of 0.59 to 0.77 for the hour-to-hour and the day-to-day intraobserver reliability......OBJECTIVE: To assess the intraobserver reliability (in terms of hour-to-hour and day-to-day reliability) and the interobserver reliability with 3 palpation procedures for the detection of spinal biomechanic dysfunction in the upper 8 segments of the thoracic spine. DESIGN: A repeated....... INTERVENTION: Three types of palpation were performed: Sitting motion palpation and prone motion palpation for biomechanic dysfunction and paraspinal palpation for tenderness. Each dimension was rated as "absent" or "present" for each segment. All examinations were performed according to a standard written...

  16. Myelopathy with syringomyelia following thoracic epidural anaesthesia.

    Aldrete, J A; Ferrari, H


    Under general anaesthesia and muscle relaxation, a thoracic epidural catheter was inserted at the T8-T9 level in a 7-year-old boy scheduled to have a Nissen fundoplication to provide postoperative analgesia. After 4 ml of lignocaine 1.5% was injected through the catheter, hypotension resulted. Fifty-five minutes later 5 ml of bupivacaine 0.25% produced the same effect. In the recovery room a similar injection resulted in lower blood pressure and temporary apnoea. Sensory and motor deficits were noted the next day and four days later magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated spinal cord syringomyelia extending from T5 to T10. Four years later, dysaesthesia from T6 to T10 weakness of the left lower extremity and bladder and bowel dysfunction persist. The risks of inserting thoracic epidural catheters in patients under general anaesthesia and muscle relaxation are discussed, emphasising the possibility of spinal cord injury with disastrous consequences.

  17. Thoracic radiology in kidney and liver transplantation.

    Fishman, Joel E; Rabkin, John M


    Renal transplantation accounts for more than half of all solid organ transplants performed in the U.S., and the liver is the second most commonly transplanted solid organ. Although abdominal imaging procedures are commonplace in these patients, there has been relatively little attention paid to thoracic imaging applications. Preoperative imaging is crucial to aid in the exclusion of infectious or malignant disease. In the perioperative time period, thoracic imaging focuses both on standard intensive care unit care, including monitoring devices and their complications, and on the early infections that can occur. Postoperative management is divided into three time periods, and the principles governing the occurrence of infections and malignancies are reviewed. Anatomic and pathologic aspects unique to kidney and liver transplantation patients are also discussed.

  18. [Digital thoracic radiology: devices, image processing, limits].

    Frija, J; de Géry, S; Lallouet, F; Guermazi, A; Zagdanski, A M; De Kerviler, E


    In a first part, the different techniques of digital thoracic radiography are described. Since computed radiography with phosphore plates are the most commercialized it is more emphasized. But the other detectors are also described, as the drum coated with selenium and the direct digital radiography with selenium detectors. The other detectors are also studied in particular indirect flat panels detectors and the system with four high resolution CCD cameras. In a second step the most important image processing are discussed: the gradation curves, the unsharp mask processing, the system MUSICA, the dynamic range compression or reduction, the soustraction with dual energy. In the last part the advantages and the drawbacks of computed thoracic radiography are emphasized. The most important are the almost constant good quality of the pictures and the possibilities of image processing.

  19. Simple technique for maximal thoracic muscle harvest.

    Marshall, M Blair; Kaiser, Larry R; Kucharczuk, John C


    We present a modification of technique for standard muscle flap harvest, the placement of cutaneous traction sutures. This technique allows for maximal dissection of the thoracic muscles even through minimal incisions. Through improved exposure and traction, complete dissection of the muscle bed can be performed and the tissue obtained maximized. Because more muscle bulk is obtained with this technique, the need for a second muscle may be prevented.

  20. Thoracic surgery in India: challenges and opportunities

    Yendamuri, Sai


    India has the dubitable honor of being ranked first in the world with regards to lung disease burden. A good proportion of this disease burden is amenable to surgical treatment. However, patients have limited access to quality thoracic surgical care due to a number of obstacles. This review article summarizes these obstacles and the implied opportunities that exist in this nascent surgical discipline in the world’s second most populous country.

  1. Thoracic surgery in India: challenges and opportunities.

    Yendamuri, Sai


    India has the dubitable honor of being ranked first in the world with regards to lung disease burden. A good proportion of this disease burden is amenable to surgical treatment. However, patients have limited access to quality thoracic surgical care due to a number of obstacles. This review article summarizes these obstacles and the implied opportunities that exist in this nascent surgical discipline in the world's second most populous country.

  2. Monitoring and improving care in thoracic surgery

    Numan, R.C.


    Quality of Care (QoC) plays a central role in the way healthcare is delivered. In the world of thoracic surgery for lung cancer, surgeons are faced with complex and sometimes high-risk surgical resections on an aging patient population with an increasing incidence of frail physical health. This increasing complexity demands a multidisciplinary approach rearranging pre-, peri- and postoperative care in a way safety, efficiency and high quality are guaranteed. The safety and quality of healthca...

  3. Chondromyxoid fibroma of two thoracic vertebrae

    Bruder, E. [Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Zuerich, Ch-8091 Zuerich (Switzerland); Zanetti, M. [Department of Radiology, University Clinic Balgrist, Zuerich (Switzerland); Boos, N. [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University Clinic Balgrist, Zuerich (Switzerland); Hochstetter, A.R. von [Department of Pathology, University Hospital, Zuerich (Switzerland)


    We report on a case of chondromyxoid fibroma involving two adjacent thoracic vertebrae with features of aggressive behaviour on radiographs, CT and MRI. Histology revealed typical chondromyxoid fibroma with unusually coarse calcifications. Chondromyxoid fibroma of the spine is rare, and only 30 of these tumours have been reported so far. Involvement of two contiguous vertebral bodies by chondromyxoid fibroma, as reported here, appears exceptional. (orig.) With 5 figs., 29 refs.

  4. Thoracic Cavernous Lymphangioma Provoking Massive Chyloptysis

    Robert Ferguson MD


    Full Text Available Chyloptysis is a relatively rare embodiment of disease that encompasses a lengthy differential and provides many diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Presented here is the case of a young woman with massive chyloptysis due to a thoracic cavernous lymphangioma arising in the peripartum period. The severity of her condition mandated the use of cardiopulmonary bypass to resect her lymphangioma. We believe that the extent of her symptoms, etiology of disease, and surgical management represent a unique scenario in the literature.

  5. [Septic arthritis of thoracic facet joint].

    Ben Abdelghani, K; Gérard-Dran, D; Combe, B


    Septic arthritis of the facet joint is a rare condition. We report a case of septic arthritis of both a thoracic facet joint and a wrist. Clinical manifestations were consistent with a spondylodiscitis. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine demonstrated infection of facet joints of T1 and T2. A surgical biopsy of the wrist isolated a type B streptococcus. The same organism was found in urine culture. The patient had an uneventful recovery on antibiotics.

  6. Endoscopic Transforaminal Thoracic Foraminotomy and Discectomy for the Treatment of Thoracic Disc Herniation

    Hong-Fei Nie


    Full Text Available Thoracic disc herniation is a relatively rare yet challenging-to-diagnose condition. Currently there is no universally accepted optimal surgical treatment for symptomatic thoracic disc herniation. Previously reported surgical approaches are often associated with high complication rates. Here we describe our minimally invasive technique of removing thoracic disc herniation, and report the primary results of a series of cases. Between January 2009 and March 2012, 13 patients with symptomatic thoracic disc herniation were treated with endoscopic thoracic foraminotomy and discectomy under local anesthesia. A bone shaver was used to undercut the facet and rib head for foraminotomy. Discectomy was achieved by using grasper, radiofrequency, and the Holmium-YAG laser. We analyzed the clinical outcomes of the patients using the visual analogue scale (VAS, MacNab classification, and Oswestry disability index (ODI. At the final follow up (mean: 17 months; range: 6–41 months, patient self-reported satisfactory rate was 76.9%. The mean VAS for mid back pain was improved from 9.1 to 4.2, and the mean ODI was improved from 61.0 to 43.8. One complication of postoperative spinal headache occurred during the surgery and the patient was successfully treated with epidural blood patch. No other complications were observed or reported during and after the surgery.

  7. Surgical thoracic sympathectomy induces structural and biomechanical remodeling of the thoracic aorta in a porcine model.

    Angouras, Dimitrios C; Dosios, Theodosios J; Dimitriou, Constantinos A; Chamogeorgakis, Themistocles P; Rokkas, Chris K; Manos, Themistoklis A; Sokolis, Dimitrios P


    Sympathetic innervation exerts marked effects on vascular smooth muscle cells, including a short-term homeostatic (vasoconstrictor) and a direct trophic action promoting differentiation. However, the role of sympathetic nervous system in long-term structural and functional modulation of the aortic wall is yet undefined. Six Landrace pigs underwent bilateral thoracic sympathectomy from the stellate to T8 ganglion, whereas 10 pigs underwent sham operation. Animals were sacrificed 3 mo postoperatively. Histometrical examination was performed on specimens from the thoracic (TA) and abdominal aorta (AA) utilizing an image-processing system. A uniaxial tensile tester was utilized for biomechanical evaluation; parameters of extensibility, strength, and stiffness of aortic tissue were calculated. Structural aortic remodeling of sympathectomized animals was observed, including increased inner aortic diameter in TA (15.3 ± 0.4 versus 10.4 ± 0.2 mm, P sympathectomy, TA was equally extensible but manifested augmented strength (1344 ± 73 versus 1071 ± 52 kPa, P = 0.004) and stiffness (6738 ± 478 versus 5026 ± 273 kPa, P = 0.003), in accordance with extracellular matrix protein accumulation in that region. Differences in the AA were non-significant. Chronic thoracic sympathetic denervation causes significant structural and biomechanical remodeling of the thoracic aorta. Possible clinical implications for patients undergoing thoracic sympathectomy or chronically treated with sympathetic blockers require further investigation. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Time-lapse imaging as a tool to investigate contractility of the epididymal duct--effects of cGMP signaling.

    Andrea Mietens

    Full Text Available The well orchestrated function of epididymal smooth muscle cells ensures transit of spermatozoa through the epididymal duct during which spermatozoa acquire motility and fertilizing capacity. Relaxation of smooth muscle cells is mediated by cGMP signaling and components of this pathway are found within the male reproductive tract. Whereas contractile function of caudal parts of the rat epididymal duct can be examined in organ bath studies, caput and corpus regions are fragile and make it difficult to mount them in an organ bath. We developed an ex vivo time-lapse imaging-based approach to investigate the contractile pattern in these parts of the epididymal duct. Collagen-embedding allowed immobilization without impeding contractility or diffusion of drugs towards the duct and therefore facilitated subsequent movie analyses. The contractile pattern was made visible by placing virtual sections through the acquired image stack to track wall movements over time. By this, simultaneous evaluation of contractile activity at different positions of the observed duct segment was possible. With each contraction translating into a spike, drug-induced alterations in contraction frequency could be assessed easily. Peristaltic contractions were also detectable and throughout all regions in the proximal epididymis we found regular spontaneous contractile activity that elicited movement of intraluminal contents. Stimulating cGMP production by natriuretic peptide ANP or inhibiting degradation of cGMP by the phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor sildenafil significantly reduced contractile frequency in isolated duct segments from caput and corpus. RT-PCR analysis after laser-capture microdissection localized the corresponding molecules to the smooth muscle layer of the duct. Our time-lapse imaging approach proved to be feasible to assess contractile function in all regions of the epididymal duct under near physiological conditions and provides a tool to evaluate acute

  9. [Thoracic sympathectomy in primary hyperhidrosis: patient satisfaction].

    Galbis-Caravajal, José Marcelo; Sales-Badía, J Gabriel; Cuenca-Torres, María; Miquel-Miquel, Javier; Esturi-Navarro, Rafael; Ortega-Monzó, Carmen


    To evaluate satisfaction among patients who underwent thoracic sympathectomy for primary hyperhidrosis and the possible complications after a minimum of 14 months after surgery. We performed a retrospective study in 108 patients who underwent thoracic sympathectomy and who responded to all the questions asked in a telephone interview. The sample was composed of 21 men and 87 women, with a mean age of 29.73 years. In all patients, surgery was performed with general anesthesia in a single intervention. Special emphasis was placed on the degree of satisfaction (whether patients would recommend this type of surgery) and the possible negative effects or complications experienced by patients or attributed by them to the procedure. Patients were contacted a minimum of 14 months after the intervention. The most frequent complication was compensatory sweating (81.5%). Pain at the site of trocar insertion was reported by 6.5%. There were few immediate and long-term complications. The degree of satisfaction reached 90.7%. Video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy is safe and effective. Despite compensatory sweating, overall satisfaction was very high. However, satisfaction gradually decreased in the months after the intervention. Patients with hyperhidrosis with significant or principal axillary involvement could benefit from botulinic toxin administration as the first-line therapy.

  10. [Videothoracospy in thoracic trauma and penetrating injuries].

    Lang-Lazdunski, L; Chapuis, O; Pons, F; Jancovici, R


    Videothoracoscopy represents a valid and useful approach in some patients with blunt chest trauma or penetrating thoracic injury. This technique has been validated for the treatment of clotted hemothorax or posttraumatic empyema, traumatic chylothorax, traumatic pneumothorax, in patients with hemodynamic stability. Moreover, it is probably the most reliable technique for the diagnosis of diaphragmatic injury. It is also useful for the extraction of intrathoracic projectiles and foreign bodies. This technique might be useful in hemodynamically stable patients with continued bleeding or for the exploration of patients with penetrating injury in the cardiac area, although straightforward data are lacking to confirm those indications. Thoracotomy or median sternotomy remain indicated in patients with hemodynamic instability or those that cannot tolerate lateral decubitus position or one-lung ventilation. Performing video-surgery in the trauma setting require expertise in both video-assisted thoracic surgery and chest trauma management. The contra-indications to videothoracoscopy and indications for converting the procedure to an open thoracotomy should be perfectly known by surgeons performing video-assisted thoracic surgery in the trauma setting. Conversion to thoracotomy or median sternotomy should be performed without delay whenever needed to avoid blood loss and achieve an adequate procedure.

  11. October 2012 Arizona thoracic society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A dinner meeting was held on 10/24/2012 at Scottsdale Shea beginning at 6:30 PM. There were 23 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, infectious disease, pathology, and radiology communities. An announcement was made that the Colorado Thoracic Society has accepted an invitation to partner with the Arizona and New Mexico Thoracic Societies in the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Discussions continue to be held regarding a combined Arizona Thoracic Society meeting with Tucson either in Casa Grande or electronically. Six cases were presented: Dr. Tim Kuberski, chief of Infectious Disease at Maricopa Medical Center, presented a 48 year old female who had been ill for 2 weeks. A CT of the chest revealed a left lower lobe nodule and a CT of the abdomen showed hydronephrosis and a pelvic mass. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA was elevated. All turned out to be coccidioidomycosis on biopsy. CEA decreased …

  12. July 2015 Arizona thoracic society notes

    Robbins RA


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. The July 2015 Arizona Thoracic Society meeting was held on Wednesday, July 23, 2015 at the Scottsdale Shea Hospital beginning at 6:30 PM. This was a dinner meeting with case presentations. There were 16 in attendance representing the pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and radiology communities. It was decided to continue holding the meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the odd numbered months. Lewis Wesselius relayed a request from the Mayo Clinic regarding a survey on how physicians in Arizona treat Valley Fever. There were no objections to using our mailing list to send out the survey. Dr. Parides formed a committee to encourage younger clinicians to attend the Arizona Thoracic Society meetings. Richard A. Robbins was chose as the Arizona Thoracic Society's nominee for clinician of the year. There were 3 case presentations: 1. George Parides presented a 58-year-old woman with a past medical history of cavitating coccidioidomycosis in both ...

  13. CT findings in severe thoracic sarcoidosis

    Hennebicque, Anne-Sophie; Brillet, Pierre-Yves; Moulahi, Hassen; Brauner, Michel W. [UFR Bobigny, Department of Radiology, Federation MARTHA and EA 2363, Bobigny Cedex (France); Nunes, Hilario; Valeyre, Dominique [UFR Bobigny, Department of Pneumology, Federation MARTHA and EA 2363, Bobigny Cedex (France)


    Severe thoracic sarcoidosis includes manifestations with significant clinical and functional impairment and a risk of mortality. Severe thoracic sarcoidosis can take on various clinical presentations and is associated with increased morbidity. The purpose of this article was to describe the CT findings in severe thoracic sarcoidosis and to explain some of their mechanisms. Subacute respiratory insufficiency is a rare and early complication due to a high profusion of pulmonary lesions. Chronic respiratory insufficiency due to pulmonary fibrosis is a frequent and late complication. Three main CT patterns are identified: bronchial distortion, honeycombing and linear opacities. CT can be helpful in diagnosing some mechanisms of central airway obstruction such as bronchial distortion due to pulmonary fibrosis or an extrinsic bronchial compression by enlarged lymph nodes. An intrinsic narrowing of the bronchial wall by endobronchial granulomatous lesions may be suggested by CT when it shows evidence of bronchial mural thickening. Pulmonary hypertension usually occurs in patients with end-stage pulmonary disease and is related to fibrotic destruction of the distal capillary bed and to the resultant chronic hypoxemia. Several other mechanisms may contribute to the development of pulmonary hypertension including extrinsic compression of major pulmonary arteries by enlarged lymph nodes and secondary pulmonary veno-occlusive disease. Aspergilloma colonization of a cavity is the main cause of hemoptysis in sarcoidosis. Other rare causes are bronchiesctasis, necrotizing bronchial aspergillosis, semi-invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, erosion of a pulmonary artery due to a necrotic sarcoidosis lesion, necrosis of parenchymal sarcoidosis lesions and specific endobronchial macroscopic lesions. (orig.)

  14. Tea catechins with a galloyl moiety suppress postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia by delaying lymphatic transport of dietary fat in rats.

    Ikeda, Ikuo; Tsuda, Koichi; Suzuki, Yuko; Kobayashi, Makoto; Unno, Tomonori; Tomoyori, Hiroko; Goto, Hitomi; Kawata, Yayoi; Imaizumi, Katsumi; Nozawa, Ayumu; Kakuda, Takami


    Tea catechins, (-)-epicatechin (EC), (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC), (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECG), and (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), have been shown to be epimerized to (-)-catechin (C), (-)-gallocatechin (GC), (-)-catechin gallate (CG), and (-)-gallocatechin gallate (GCG), respectively, during heat treatment. In this study, we examined the effect of tea catechins rich in ECG and EGCG and heat-treated tea catechins rich in CG and GCG on postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia in rats. Both tea catechins and heat-treated tea catechins suppressed postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia. Lymphatic recovery of (14)C-trioleoylglycerol in rats cannulated in the thoracic duct was delayed by the administration of tea catechins and heat-treated tea catechins. Tea catechins and heat-treated tea catechins had the same effect on all variables tested. These catechin preparations dose-dependently inhibited the activity of pancreatic lipase in vitro. When purified catechins were used, only those with a galloyl moiety inhibited the activity of pancreatic lipase. These results suggest that catechins with a galloyl moiety suppress postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia by slowing down triacylglycerol absorption through the inhibition of pancreatic lipase. Because postprandial hypertriacylglycerolemia is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, our results suggest that catechins with a galloyl moiety may prevent this disease.

  15. Imaging of thoracic trauma; Radiologie des Thoraxtraumas

    Uffmann, M.; Herold, C.J. [Universitaetsklinik Vienna (Austria). Inst. fuer Radiodiagnostik; Fuchs, M. [Universitaetsklinik Vienna (Austria). Inst. fuer Unfallchirurgie


    Blunt trauma to the chest results from transfer of kinetic energy to the human body. It may cause a wide range of mostly life-threatening injuries, including fractures of the thoracic skeleton, disintegration of the pleural space, contusion or laceration of pulmonary parenchyma and damage to the mediastinal structures. For a systematic approach it may be helpful to follow an organ-based evaluation of thoracic trauma. However, it should be borne in mind that subtle injuries may be associated with serious complications. Trauma to the chest may affect different anatomic compartments at the same time, requiring and extending diagnostic approach. Conventional radiography plays a major role in diagnosting thoracic trauma, complemented by ultrasound examination of the pleura and abdomen. It is well documented that CT scanning represents a major technological improvement for assessment of thoracic trauma. With the advent of fast helical CT scanning this method becomes more applicable for severly traumatized patients and potentially replaces other time-consuming procedures. State-of-the-art imaging of both projection and cross-sectional techniques provides useful information for immediate and appropriate treatment mandatory in patients with thoracic trauma. (orig.) [Deutsch] Das Trauma des Thorax ist Folge einer erheblichen, meist stumpfen Gewalteinwirkung auf den Brustkorb und geht mit einem weiten Spektrum an groesstenteils lebendsbedrohlichen Organverletzungen einher. Aus Gruenden der Uebersichtlichkeit koennen die thorakalen Verletzungen in solche des Skeletts, der Pleura, der Lungen und der mediastinalen Strukturen eingeteilt werden. Haeufig besteht jedoch eine enge Verzahnung der Pathologien, und einzelne Symptome koennen Indikatoren fuer weitere, schwerwiegende Verletzungen sein. Darueber hinaus sind extrathorakale Koerperpartien und Organsysteme oftmals mitbetroffen, so dass eine umfassende diagnostische Strategie angewendet werden muss. Die schnelle Erstversorgung

  16. [The internal thoracic blood vessels (internal thoracic arteries and veins) and their practical significance].

    Jelicić, N; Djordjević, Lj; Stosić, T


    Internal thoracic blood vessels (A. et Vv. thoracicae internae) are parietal vessels of the thoracic anterior wall. Because of their position, they are often exposed to injuries during the fracture of the ribs and the sternal bone. These facts require a general knowledge about the anatomical variations of these vessels, specifically the knowledge concerning their mutual relationship, their anastomoses and their distance from the lateral margins of the sternal bone. Due to the poor and different data in the available literature, we directed our investigations towards the study and confirmation of the described anatomical variations of the internal thoracic blood vessels. In this study we investigated the distance between the internal thoracic artery and the lateral margins of the sternal bone, the level of its bifurcation, the number of the internal thoracic veins and anastomoses between them. The investigation was carried out on 300 formalin specimens consisting of the anterior wall of the thorax (persons of different ages and sexes) by using the method of dissection and the method of contrast injection. In adults (200 specimens), the distance between the arterial trunk and the lateral margin of the sternal bone was not equal in the first fifth or sixth intercostal spaces, but in children up to five years of age (100 specimens), the distance was almost the same. In adults, the internal thoracic artery was nearest to the sternal bone in the first intercostal space, but going downward the artery was gradually more and more distant from the sternum and in the sixth intercostal space the distance measured approximately from 11 mm to 13 mm. In children, the distance of the artery from the lateral margin of the sternal bone, just in the above mentioned intercostal spaces, was from 5 mm to 10 mm. There was no difference according to sex in any of the two groups. Most frequently, the internal thoracic artery gave off its terminal branches at the level of the sixth costal

  17. Effects of high thoracic epidural anesthesia on ventricular remodeling and expression of β_3-adrenoceptor in rats with heart failure induced by acute myocardial infarction%上胸段硬膜外阻滞对心肌梗死后心力衰竭大鼠心室重构及β_3肾上腺素能受体的影响

    陈国忠; 王庆祥; 吴晓智; 刘韧; 江鹤群


    目的 观察上胸段硬膜外阻滞对大鼠心肌梗死后心室重构和心功能的影响,并探讨其机制.方法 模型成功的大鼠随机分为假手术组(S组,n=12)、心力衰竭组(CHF组,n=24)和硬膜外阻滞组(HTEA组,n=24).硬膜外置管术后24 h S组和CHF组于硬膜外腔注入9 g/L生理盐水(100μl/kg,2次/d,连续4周).HTEA组于硬膜外腔注入1.25 g/L布比卡因(100 μl/kg,2次/d,连续4周).4周后行超声心动图测定左室舒张末期内径(LVEDD)、左室收缩末期内径(LVESD)左室射血分数(LVEF)和左室短轴缩短率(LVES);测量心脏和左心室质量,计算心脏指数(HW/BW)和左心室指数(LVW/BW);左室心肌组织HE和Masson染色;RT-PCR测定左室心肌β_3AR和eNOSmRNA;免疫组织化学检测左室心肌β_33AR表达.结果 LVEDD和LVESD:HTEA组较CHF组明显缩小(P<0.01);LVEF和LVFS:HTEA组较CHF组明显增加(P<0.05).HW/BW和LVW/BW:CHF组和HTEA组均明显大于s组(P<0.01),但HTEA组较CHF组明显减小(P<0.01).心肌病理学形态学显示:CHF组心肌细胞变性、萎缩,心肌纤维紊乱、断裂,胶原纤维明显增多,HTEA组心肌细胞变性明显减少,非梗死区心肌纤维化明显改善;与CHF组相比,HTEA组β_3AR和eNOS mRNA表达明显减少(P<0.01).结论 HTEA治疗可以改善或减缓急性心肌梗死后大鼠的左室重构和心功能,可能与其下调β_AR表达有关.%Objective To investigate the effect of high thoracic epidural anesthesia on ventricular remodeling and cardiac function in rats with heart failure induced by myocardial infarction, and to investigate their mechanism. Methods Rats that had been established successively model were randomly divided into S group (n = 12) , HTEA group and CHF group (24/group). 9. 0 g/L normal sodium 100 μl/kg was injected to epidural cavity twice a day separately in group S and group CHF. 1. 25 g/L bupivacaine 100 μl/kg was injected to epidural cavity twice a day in group HTEA. Epidural injection was started 24 hrs

  18. Chloride and potassium conductances of cultured human sweat ducts

    Novak, I; Pedersen, P S; Larsen, Erik Hviid


    The purpose of this study was to characterize the ion conductances, in particular those for Cl- and K+, of human sweat duct cells grown in primary culture. Sweat duct cells from healthy individuals were grown to confluence on a dialysis membrane, which was then mounted in a mini-Ussing chamber...

  19. Bidirectional infrasonic ducts associated with sudden stratospheric warming events

    Assink, J.D.; Waxler, R.; Smets, P.S.M.; Evers, L.G.


    In January 2011, the state of the polar vortex in the midlatitudes changed significantly due to a minor sudden stratospheric warming event. As a result, a bidirectional duct for infrasound propagation developed in the middle atmosphere that persisted for 2 weeks. The ducts were due to two zonal wind

  20. Diverticular bile duct lesion in chronic active hepatitis

    Vyberg, M


    Liver needle biopsies from patients with non-A, non-B chronic active hepatitis and so-called abnormal bile duct epithelium were studied with a three-dimensional method. Photographs of bile duct structures in serial sections were transferred to acrylic plates. Five bile duct lesions of a not previ......Liver needle biopsies from patients with non-A, non-B chronic active hepatitis and so-called abnormal bile duct epithelium were studied with a three-dimensional method. Photographs of bile duct structures in serial sections were transferred to acrylic plates. Five bile duct lesions...... cells, but most were larger, with rounded nuclei, prominent nucleoli and abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, sometimes with periodic acid-Schiff-positive, diastase-resistant granules. The lesions were only partly surrounded by a basement membrane. They were all embedded in a tight mononuclear inflammatory...... infiltrate associated with pronounced periportal piecemeal necrosis. In two cases, a germinal center was adjacent to the epithelium. The pathogenesis of the diverticular bile duct lesion is unknown, but the diverticuli probably represent Hering ducts and groups of periportal liver cells which have escaped...

  1. Cystic duct closure by sealing with bipolar electrocoagulation

    Schulze, S; Damgaard, B; Jørgensen, Lars Nannestad;


    BACKGROUND: Cystic duct leakage after cholecystectomy is not uncommon and is a potentially serious complication. The aim of this study was to assess a bipolar sealing system (LigaSure) for closure of the cystic duct. METHODS: The records from consecutive laparoscopic cholecystectomies performed i...

  2. Radiopaque intrahepatic duct stones in plain radiograph: case report

    Kim, Mi Young; Suh, Chang Hae; Park, Chan Sup; Chung, Won Kyun [College of Medicine, Inha University, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)


    We experienced 3 cases of intrahepatic duct stones detected on plain radiographs. The patients had history of multiple episodes of recurrent cholangitis. Radiographic characteristics of these stones included multiple, round or rectangular radiopaque densities surrounded by calcified rim; these densities showed a branching pattern along the intrahepatic ducts.

  3. Sound waves in two-dimensional ducts with sinusoidal walls

    Nayfeh, A. H.


    The method of multiple scales is used to analyze the wave propagation in two-dimensional hard-walled ducts with sinusoidal walls. For traveling waves, resonance occurs whenever the wall wavenumber is equal to the difference of the wavenumbers of any two duct acoustic modes. The results show that neither of these resonating modes could occur without strongly generating the other.

  4. Sound Radiation Characteristics of a Rectangular Duct with Flexible Walls

    Praveena Raviprolu


    Full Text Available Acoustic breakout noise is predominant in flexible rectangular ducts. The study of the sound radiated from the thin flexible rectangular duct walls helps in understanding breakout noise. The current paper describes an analytical model, to predict the sound radiation characteristics like total radiated sound power level, modal radiation efficiency, and directivity of the radiated sound from the duct walls. The analytical model is developed based on an equivalent plate model of the rectangular duct. This model has considered the coupled and uncoupled behaviour of both acoustic and structural subsystems. The proposed analytical model results are validated using finite element method (FEM and boundary element method (BEM. Duct acoustic and structural modes are analysed to understand the sound radiation behaviour of a duct and its equivalence with monopole and dipole sources. The most efficient radiating modes are identified by vibration displacement of the duct walls and for these the radiation efficiencies have been calculated. The calculated modal radiation efficiencies of a duct compared to a simple rectangular plate indicate similar radiation characteristics.

  5. Thoracic surgery associations, societies, and clubs: which organizations are right for you?

    Schieman, Colin; Grondin, Sean C; Gelfand, Gary A J


    Determining which organizations to join can be challenging given the wide selection of associations, societies, and clubs available to practicing thoracic surgeons. This article briefly reviews 7 important North American thoracic surgery organizations (the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the General Thoracic Surgical Club, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and Women in Thoracic Surgery). The authors also review the criteria that may assist in deciding which organizations best meet a surgeon's career goals and personal expectations. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Duct thermal performance models for large commercial buildings

    Wray, Craig P.


    Despite the potential for significant energy savings by reducing duct leakage or other thermal losses from duct systems in large commercial buildings, California Title 24 has no provisions to credit energy-efficient duct systems in these buildings. A substantial reason is the lack of readily available simulation tools to demonstrate the energy-saving benefits associated with efficient duct systems in large commercial buildings. The overall goal of the Efficient Distribution Systems (EDS) project within the PIER High Performance Commercial Building Systems Program is to bridge the gaps in current duct thermal performance modeling capabilities, and to expand our understanding of duct thermal performance in California large commercial buildings. As steps toward this goal, our strategy in the EDS project involves two parts: (1) developing a whole-building energy simulation approach for analyzing duct thermal performance in large commercial buildings, and (2) using the tool to identify the energy impacts of duct leakage in California large commercial buildings, in support of future recommendations to address duct performance in the Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards for Nonresidential Buildings. The specific technical objectives for the EDS project were to: (1) Identify a near-term whole-building energy simulation approach that can be used in the impacts analysis task of this project (see Objective 3), with little or no modification. A secondary objective is to recommend how to proceed with long-term development of an improved compliance tool for Title 24 that addresses duct thermal performance. (2) Develop an Alternative Calculation Method (ACM) change proposal to include a new metric for thermal distribution system efficiency in the reporting requirements for the 2005 Title 24 Standards. The metric will facilitate future comparisons of different system types using a common ''yardstick''. (3) Using the selected near-term simulation approach

  7. Heat Transfer in Conical Corner and Short Superelliptical Transition Ducts

    Poinsatte, Philip; Thurman, Douglas; Hippensteele, Steven


    Local surface heat transfer measurements were experimentally mapped using a transient liquid-crystal heat-transfer technique on the surface of two circular-to-rectangular transition ducts. One has a transition cross section defined by conical corners (Duct 1) and the other by an elliptical equation with changing coefficients (Duct 2). Duct 1 has a length-to-diameter ratio of 0.75 and an exit plane aspect ratio of 1.5. Duct 2 has a length-to-diameter ratio of 1.0 and an exit plane aspect ratio of 2.9. Test results are reported for various inlet-diameter-based Reynolds numbers ranging from 0.45 106 to 2.39 106 and two freestream turbulence intensities of about 1 percent, which is typical of wind tunnels, and up to 16 percent, which may be more typical of real engine conditions.

  8. Hepatobiliary Scan in Infantile Spontaneous Perforation of Common Bile Duct

    Zeon, Seok Kil; Ryu, Jong Gul; Lee, Eun Young [Keimyung University School of Medicine, Taegu (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jong Gil [Taegu Fatima Hospital, Taegu (Korea, Republic of)


    Spontaneous perforation of CBD in infant is a rare but fatal disease. We report a case of bile leakage from common bile duct in 11 months old girl with progressive abdominal distension and vomiting, preoperatively diagnosed by hepatobiliary scan with Tc-99m-DISIDA, which was confirmed by surgery. Operative cholangiogram showed a small perforation at the confluence of cystic duct and common bile duct with mild fusiform dilatation, and no definite abnormality in confluence of the common bile duct and pancreatic duct. Simple drainage of the free peritoneal bilous fluid and T-tube drainage were performed without any evidence of the complication. Patient was inevitable for 6 months OPD follow-up examination.

  9. Extravasation Mucocele Arising from a Lingual Thyroglossal Duct Remnant

    Mitsuhiko Nakahira


    Full Text Available Although a thyroglossal duct cyst is a congenital anomaly, it can also appear in adults. Despite the presence of embryological remnants, it is still unclear why the cyst should suddenly develop later in life. We report a case of a 46-year-old male with an extravasation mucocele arising from a long-standing lingual thyroglossal duct remnant. MRI demonstrated a lingual cystic lesion near the hyoid bone associated with a suprahyoid tract-like structure masquerading as a thyroglossal duct cyst. However, histopathological examination demonstrated a mucocele secondary to a rupture of a thyroglossal duct remnant with numerous intramural heterotopic salivary glands. We propose a new mechanism of an acquired cystic formation of this congenital disease that excessive production of mucus from heterotopic salivary glands and a physical trauma such as swallowing may lead to extravasation of mucus from the thyroglossal duct.

  10. Main-duct intraductal papillary mucinous adenoma of the pancreas

    Takuma Kensuke


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The prevalence of carcinoma in main-duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN is high, and surgical resection is recommended for all patients with a main-duct IPMN. Results A main-duct IPMN with typical imagings including protruding lesions in the dilated main pancreatic duct was resected, but the histology was intraductal papillary mucinous adenoma of the pancreas. Discussion It has been reported that the presence of mural nodules and dilatation of MPD are significantly higher in malignant IPMNs. The presented case had protruding lesions in the dilated main pancreatic duct on endoscopic ultrasonography, but the histology was adenoma. Conclusion Preoperative distinction between benign and malignant IPMNs is difficult.

  11. Cystic duct remnant mucocele in a liver transplant recipient

    Ahlawat, Sushil K. [Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Washington, DC (United States); University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ (United States); Fishbien, Thomas M. [Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Washington, DC (United States); Haddad, Nadim G. [Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery, Washington, DC (United States)


    Cystic duct remnant mucocele is an extremely rare complication of liver transplantation in children. Surgical correction is usually required for cystic duct remnant mucocele when it causes biliary obstruction. We describe a 14-month-old liver transplant recipient who presented with biliary obstruction 1 month after orthotopic liver transplantation with an end-to-end choledochocholedocal biliary anastomosis for hepatoblastoma. US, CT and cholangiography findings were consistent with mucocele of the allograft cystic duct remnant. Surgery was not needed in our patient because the mucocele and biliary obstruction had resolved on repeat imaging most likely due to guidewire manipulation during cholangiography, resulting in opening of the cystic duct remnant orifice and drainage into the common duct. (orig.)

  12. Effects of thapsigargin in isolated rat thoracic aorta

    Mikkelsen, E O; Thastrup, Ole; Christensen, S B


    response to Tg was resistent to wash-out in drug-free PSS and was not affected by phentolamine, indomethacin or mepyramine but partly reduced by the calcium-antagonist nitrendipine and eliminated by wash-out in calcium-free PSS. Atropine eliminated the endothelium dependent relaxant effect of carbachol...

  13. Bile duct emptying in response to fat: a validation study.

    Hunt, D R; Scott, A J


    Fatty meal sonography has been suggested to assess patients with biliary pain after cholecystectomy, but the effects of gallbladder removal on biliary dynamics has not been studied prospectively. Before elective cholecystectomy, 25 patients had their common hepatic ducts' diameter measured by ultrasonography before and after a fat stimulus. In 23, tests were repeated 1 month, 1 year, and 5 years after surgery. In preoperative studies, 5 patients showed dilatation after fat and 2 of these had stones in the common bile duct. However, another 4 patients with stones or sludge in the duct did not show dilatation, so that the response to fat was a poor indicator of patients requiring common bile duct exploration. No patient had major symptoms after surgery. At 1 month and 12 months, the response to fat was variable with more than half of those tested showing no decrease in duct size. A more consistent pattern emerged at 5 years, when 14 of 18 patients tested showed a decrease in common hepatic duct after fat; 3 were unchanged and 1 increased by 1 mm. The response to fat was less consistent and more difficult to measure in the common bile duct, even 5 years after operation. It was concluded that not all patients with indications for exploration of the common bile duct on operative cholangiography show a dilatation response to fat on preoperative testing. Also, fatty meal sonography should be used with caution because the response to fat in asymptomatic patients soon after operation is unpredictable, with occasional patients showing dilation without apparent obstruction. Measurement of common hepatic duct is preferred to common bile duct and increases in diameter of 1 mm are probably not significant.

  14. Lacrimal Duct Occlusion Is Associated with Infectious Keratitis

    Li, Guigang; Guo, Jingmin; Liu, Rong; Hu, Weikun; Xu, Lingjuan; Wang, Juan; Cai, Subo; Zhang, Hong; Zhu, Yingting


    Background: To explore the prevalence of lacrimal duct obstruction in patients with infectious keratitis, and the necessity of lacrimal duct dredge in the treatment of human infectious keratitis. Methodology/Principle Findings: The design is prospective, non-control case series. Thirty-one eyes from twenty-eight continuous patients with infectious keratitis were included in this study. The presence/absence of lacrimal duct obstruction was determined by the lacrimal duct irrigation test. The diagnosis of infectious keratitis was made based on clinical manifestations, cornea scraping microscopic examination and bacterial/fungus culture. Diagnosis of viral keratitis was set up based on the recurrent history, deep neovascularization and typical outlook of the cornea scar. The treatment of keratitis included drugs, eye drops or surgery, while treatment of chronic dacryocystitis was lacrimal duct dredging with supporting tube implantation surgery. In the thirty-one eyes with infectious keratitis, fifteen suffered from fungal keratitis (48%), two bacterial keratitis (6%), and fourteen viral keratitis (45%). Eleven eyes (35%) from ten patients with infectious keratitis also suffered from lacrimal duct obstruction. In those cases, six eyes also suffered from lower canalicular obstruction, three nasolacrimal duct obstruction and chronic dacryocystitis, one a combination of upper and lower canalicular obstruction, one upper canalicular obstruction. After local and systemic applications of anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory drugs, twenty-eight eyes (90%) recovered within three weeks, while the ulceration of three patients required the lacrimal duct dredging and supporting tube implantation surgery for the healing. Conclusions: Herein, we first report that the prevalence of infectious keratitis is closely correlated to the occurrence of lacrimal duct obstruction. When both confirmed, simultaneous treatment of keratitis and lacrimal duct obstruction

  15. A Plug-and-Play Duct System Evaluation

    Beach, Robert [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Dickson, Bruce [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Grisolia, Anthony [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Poerschke, Andrew [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Rapport, Ari [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)


    This report describes an air distribution system composed of a series of uniformly-sized ducts that terminate in rooms throughout the home and return to a central manifold, similar in fashion to a “home-run” cross-linked polyethylene plumbing system. With a well-designed manifold, each duct receives an equal static pressure potential for airflow from the air handling unit, and the number of needed ducts for each room are simply attached to fittings located on the manifold; in this sense, the system is plug-and-play (PnP). As indicated, all ducts in the PnP system are identical in size and small enough to fit in the ceiling and wall cavities of a house (i.e., less than 3.5-in. outer diameter). These ducts are also more appropriately sized for the lower airflow requirements of modern, energy-efficient homes; therefore, the velocity of the air moving through the duct is between that of conventional duct systems (approximately 700 ft/min) and high-velocity systems (more than 1,500 ft/min) on the market today. The PnP duct system uses semi-rigid plastic pipes, which have a smooth inner wall and are straightforward to install correctly, resulting in a system that has minimal air leakage. However, plastic ducts are currently not accepted by code for use in residential buildings; therefore, the project team considered other duct materials for the system that are currently accepted by code, such as small-diameter, wirehelix, flexible ductwork.

  16. A Plug-and-Play Duct System Evaluation

    R. Beach, B. Dickson, A. Grisolia, A. Poerschke, A. Rapport


    This report describes an air distribution system composed of a series of uniformly-sized ducts that terminate in rooms throughout the home and return to a central manifold, similar in fashion to a “home-run” cross-linked polyethylene plumbing system. With a well-designed manifold, each duct receives an equal static pressure potential for airflow from the air handling unit, and the number of needed ducts for each room are simply attached to fittings located on the manifold; in this sense, the system is plug-and-play (PnP). As indicated, all ducts in the PnP system are identical in size and small enough to fit in the ceiling and wall cavities of a house (i.e., less than 3.5-in. outer diameter). These ducts are also more appropriately sized for the lower airflow requirements of modern, energy-efficient homes; therefore, the velocity of the air moving through the duct is between that of conventional duct systems (approximately 700 ft/min) and high-velocity systems (more than 1,500 ft/min) on the market today. The PnP duct system uses semi-rigid plastic pipes, which have a smooth inner wall and are straightforward to install correctly, resulting in a system that has minimal air leakage. However, plastic ducts are currently not accepted by code for use in residential buildings; therefore, the project team considered other duct materials for the system that are currently accepted by code, such as small-diameter, wirehelix, flexible ductwork.

  17. Thoracic fistulas of the pancreas and their complications in childhood

    Fritsch, R.; Schirg, E.; Buerger, D.


    The article reports on two thoracic fistulas of the pancreas in infants. Anamnesis revealed that recurring abdominal pain had occured in those children for years; at the time of their admission to hospital there was considerable dyspnoea with thoracic pain depending on the respiration. Fistulas of the pancreas with thoracic connection were identified as the cause. The article goes into the details of genesis, differential diagnosis and course of the disease.

  18. Honey prevents hepatic damage induced by obstruction of the common bile duct

    B Imge Erguder; Sibel S Kilicoglu; Mehmet Namuslu; Bulent Kilicoglu; Erdinc Devrim; Kemal Kismet; Ilker Durak


    AIM: To examine the possible effects of honey supplementation on hepatic damage due to obstruction of the common bile duct in an experimental rat model.METHODS: The study was performed with 30 male rats divided into three groups: a sham group, an obstructive jaundice group, and an obstructive jaundice plus honey group. At the end of the study period, the animals were sacrificed, and levels of nitric oxide (NO), and NO synthase (NOS) activities were measured in liver tissues, and levels of adenosine deaminase (ADA) and alanine transaminase (ALT) activities were measured in serum.RESULTS: Blood ALT and ADA activities were significantly elevated in the jaundice group as compared to those of the sham group. In the obstructive jaundice plus honey group, blood ALT and ADA activities were significantly decreased as compared to those of the jaundice group. In erythrocytes and liver tissues, NO levels were found to be significantly higher in the obstructive jaundice plus honey group compared to those of the sham group. Additionally, NO levels were found to be significantly higher in liver tissues from the animals in the obstructive jaundice plus honey group than those of the jaundice group.CONCLUSION: Honey was found to be beneficial in the prevention of hepatic damage due to obstruction of the common bile duct.

  19. Robotic selective postganglionic thoracic sympathectomy for the treatment of hyperhidrosis

    Coveliers, Hans; Meyer, Mark; Gharagozloo, Farid; Wisselink, Willem; Rauwerda, Jan; Margolis, Marc; Tempesta, Barbara; Strother, Eric


    ... maneuverability in a confined space may facilitate the technique of selective sympathectomy (ramicotomy). We present a case series of patients undergoing selective postganglionic thoracic sympathectomy using robotic technology...

  20. [Histopathological studies of the rat pancreas after prolonged treatment with imuran. Preliminary findings].

    Mansi, C; Savarino, V; Picciotto, A; Testa, R; Dabove, L; Gismondi, C; Celle, G


    The AA. have studied the pathological effects on the pancreas of rats after chronic administration of azathioprine (AZA) in different doses. The most significant lesions are flattening of duct epitelium and the presence of protein plugs in the ducts. These pancreatic lesions are significantly more frequent in rate treated with higher doses than in controls and so are dose-dependent.

  1. Altered collecting duct adenylyl cyclase content in collecting duct endothelin-1 knockout mice

    Kohan Donald E


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Endothelin-1 (ET-1 inhibition of vasopressin (AVP-stimulated water reabsorption by the inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD is associated with reduced cAMP accumulation. To determine the effect of ET-1 deficiency, AVP-stimulated cAMP responsiveness was assessed in IMCD from mice with collecting duct-specific deletion of ET-1 (CD ET-1 KO and from control animals. Methods Cyclic AMP production, adenylyl cyclase (AC mRNA, and AC protein were measured in acutely isolated IMCD. Results CD ET-1 KO IMCD had enhanced AVP-stimulated cAMP accumulation. Inhibition of calcium-stimulated AC using BAPTA did not prevent enhanced AVP responsiveness in CD ET-1 KO IMCD. Factors known to be modified by ET-1, including nitric oxide, cyclooxygenase metabolites, and superoxide did not affect the increased AVP responsiveness of CD ET-1 KO IMCD. Differential V2 receptor or G-protein activity was not involved since CD ET-1 KO IMCD had increased cAMP accumulation in response to forskolin and/or cholera toxin. CD ET-1 KO did not affect mRNA or protein levels of AC3, one of the major known collecting duct AC isoforms. However, the other known major collecting duct AC isoform (AC5/6 did have increased protein levels in CD ET-1 KO IMCD, although AC5 (weak signal and 6 mRNA levels were unchanged. Conclusion ET-1 deficiency increases IMCD AC5/6 content, an effect that may synergize with acute ET-1 inhibition of AVP-stimulated cAMP accumulation.

  2. Effect of Coenzyme Q10 on Acute Pulmonary Damage Following the Experimental Thoracic Trauma

    Murat Koyuncu


    Full Text Available Aim: Pulmonary contusion negatively affects prognosis in the case of damages following a trauma. Objective of this experimental study performed in Turkey was to evaluate effects of coenzyme Q10 on primary and secondary damages of pulmonary contusion following experimental thoracic blunt trauma using biochemical and histopathological parameters. Material and Method: A total of 56 Wistar Albino female rats with a mean weight of 205±45 g were included in this study. Rats were randomly divided into seven groups with each group having eight rats. A trauma device which consisted of a fixed platform, and an aluminium tube was prepared. Rats were administered 2.45 J of chest impact energy in order to generate pulmonary contusion. Control and Study groups were named according to the sacrificed time. No process (trauma and/or medication was performed in the sham group, while only trauma was induced in the controls. On the other hand, after induced trauma, intraperitoneal Q10 (0. - 24. - 48. hours was administered to study group. Rats were sacrificed at the end of the after trauma 24, 48 and 72 hours, and their blood and lung tissue samples were analyzed. Results: No significant difference was found between sham and Study-72 groups in terms of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. On the histopathological examination, no significant difference was found between study and control groups. While no significant difference was found between the sham and study groups, significant difference was observed between sham and control groups. Discussion: Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant agent, can be used as an antioxidant agent in order to reduce the secondary damage in blunt thoracic trauma.

  3. Transcatheter stenting of arterial duct in duct-dependent congenital heart disease

    Đukić Milan


    Full Text Available Introduction. Critical congenital heart diseases (CHD are mostly duct-dependent and require stable systemic-pulmonary communication. In order to maintain patency of the ductus arteriosus (DA, the first line treatment is Prostaglandin E1 and the second step is the surgical creation of aortic-pulmonary shunt. To reduce surgical risk in neonates with the critical CHD, transcatheter stenting of DA can be performed in selected cases. Case Outline. A four-month old infant was diagnosed with the pulmonary artery atresia with ventricular septal defect (PAA/VSD. The left pulmonary artery was perfused from DA, and the right lung through three major aortopulmonary collaterals (MAPCAs. A coronary stent was placed in the long and critically stenotic DA, with final arterial duct diameter of 3.5 mm, and significantly increased blood supply to the left lung. After the procedure, the infant’s status was improved with regard to arterial oxygen saturation, feeding and weight gain. During the follow-up, one year later, aortography revealed in-stent stenosis. The left pulmonary artery, as well as the branches, was well-developed and the decision was made to proceed with further surgical correction. Conclusion. Stenting of DA can be an effective alternative to primary surgical correction in selected patients with duct-dependent CHD.

  4. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for primary palmar hyperidrosis.

    Prasad, Arun; Ali, Mudasir; Kaul, Sunil


    Primary hyperhidrosis is a disorder that is characterized by excessive sweating in disproportion to that required for thermoregulation. In most cases, this is aggravated by emotional factors and by heat. Hyperhidrosis can be seen in the palms of the hands, armpits, soles of the feet and face. The principal characteristic of this disease is the intense discomfort of patients, which affects their social and professional life. Treatment modalities include topical application of aluminum chloride, iontophoresis, anticholinergics, botulinum toxin injection, liposuction, excision of sweat glands, and thoracic sympathectomy. Between January 1998 and August 2007, a prospective study of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomies for palmar hyperhidrosis was undertaken based on case histories and a prospective pre- and postoperative questionnaire survey. The sample comprised of 322 patients with a mean age of 24 years. At Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India, bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic T3 level sympathectomies were performed in all cases. All patients had immediate cessation of palmar hyperhidrosis. The mean postoperative stay was 1.1 days. A questionnaire was completed based on their response to a telephone conversation or e-mail. A paired t test and Wilcoxon test was performed on these data and it showed significant improvement in quality of life. Compensatory sweating was found to be the most troublesome side effect for all patients. It was seen in 63% of the patients. This is similar to other reports of compensatory sweating; however, the figure decreases to 29% if we disregard the percentage of patients who reported only mild compensatory sweating. In view of the low morbidity and zero mortality rate of this surgical technique, we recommend it as a method of treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis. Thoracic sympathectomy eliminates palmar hyperhidrosis with minimal recurrence (1% in our series) and produces a high rate of patient satisfaction.

  5. [Treatment of thoracic disc herniation. Case report].

    Picado-Baca, Mauricio Leonardo; Mireles-Cano, José Nicolás; León-Meza, Víctor Manuel; García-González, Oscar Guillermo; Ramos-Trujillo, Alejandro


    Herniated thoracic intervertebral disc is a rare cause of spinal cord compression. Its frequency varies from 0.15% to 1.7% of all disc herniations, and produces symptoms in 0.5% to 0.8%. Case 1. A 50-year-old woman, with pain and burning sensation in left hemithorax of four months of onset. It was treated as a herpetic syndrome, with no improvement. She was seen after thirteen days of exacerbation of clinical symptoms. The physical examination showed asymmetric paraparesis, lower left pelvic limb 1/5, and right pelvic limb 3/5¸ sensory level T8, with left Babinski positive. A thoracic disc herniation in space T8-T9 was diagnosed. A 55-year-old patient with a history of presenting pain in lumbar area of 5 years onset. She also had radicular pain that radiated to the right pelvic limb, with intensity 10/10 on a Visual Analogue Scale. Her physical examination showed muscle strength 5/5, with normal sensitivity in all dermatomes and tendon reflexes, and a positive right Babinski. Thoracic disc herniation T7-T8 level was diagnosed. Due to anatomical conditions that define this type of hernia, the extracavitary posterolateral approach should be the recommended surgical procedure when the simultaneously performed anterior decompression and fixation with posterior instrumentation are the treatments proposed. Despite the different anatomical structures of this special area, it was possible to obtain satisfactory results for both clinical cases. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  6. Thoracic sympathetic block reduces respiratory system compliance

    Fábio Ely Martins Benseñor

    Full Text Available CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA following thoracic surgery presents known analgesic and respiratory benefits. However, intraoperative thoracic sympathetic block may trigger airway hyperreactivity. This study weighed up these beneficial and undesirable effects on intraoperative respiratory mechanics. DESIGN AND SETTING: Randomized, double-blind clinical study at a tertiary public hospital. METHODS: Nineteen patients scheduled for partial lung resection were distributed using a random number table into groups receiving active TEA (15 ml 0.5% bupivacaine, n = 9 or placebo (15 ml 0.9% saline, n = 10 solutions that also contained 1:200,000 epinephrine and 2 mg morphine. Under general anesthesia, flows and airway and esophageal pressures were recorded. Pressure-volume curves, lower inflection points (LIP, resistance and compliance at 10 ml/kg tidal volume were established for respiratory system, chest wall and lungs. Student’s t test was performed, including confidence intervals (CI. RESULTS: Bupivacaine rose 5 ± 1 dermatomes upwards and 6 ± 1 downwards. LIP was higher in the bupivacaine group (6.2 ± 2.3 versus 3.6 ± 0.6 cmH2O, p = 0.016, CI = -3.4 to -1.8. Respiratory system and lung compliance were higher in the placebo group (respectively 73.3 ± 10.6 versus 51.9 ± 15.5, p = 0.003, CI = 19.1 to 23.7; 127.2 ± 31.7 versus 70.2 ± 23.1 ml/cmH2O, p < 0.001, CI = 61 to 53. Resistance and chest wall compliance showed no difference. CONCLUSION: TEA decreased respiratory system compliance by reducing its lung component. Resistance was unaffected. Under TEA, positive end-expiratory pressure and recruitment maneuvers are advisable.

  7. Idiopathic thoracic aortic aneurysm at pediatric age.

    Marín-Manzano, E; González-de-Olano, D; Haurie-Girelli, J; Herráiz-Sarachaga, J I; Bermúdez-Cañete, R; Tamariz-Martel, A; Cuesta-Gimeno, C; Pérez-de-León, J


    A 6-year-old-boy presented with epigastric pain and vomiting over 1 year. Chest X-ray and esophagogastric transit showed a mediastinal mass. A chest computerized tomography angiogram demonstrated a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. Analytical determinations carried out were all negative. The aneurysm was surgically repaired using a Dacron patch. The anatomopathological study described atherosclerotic lesions with calcifications, compatible with an atherosclerotic aneurysm wall. Aneurysms are uncommon in the pediatric population. Usually, no pathogenesis can be determined, and thus, such cases are grouped as idiopathic. Direct repair with or without patch is a therapeutic alternative in pediatric aneurysms and can allow the growth of the aortic circumference.

  8. Video-Assisted Thoracic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis.

    Milanez de Campos, Jose Ribas; Kauffman, Paulo; Gomes, Oswaldo; Wolosker, Nelson


    By the 1980s, endoscopy was in use by some groups in sympathetic denervation of the upper limbs with vascular indications. Low morbidity, cosmetic results, reduction in the incidence of Horner syndrome, and the shortened time in hospital made video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy (VATS) better accepted by those undergoing treatment for hyperhidrosis. Over the last 25 years, this surgical procedure has become routine in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, leading to a significant increase in the number of papers on the subject in the literature.

  9. Operativ behandling af thoracic outlet syndrome

    Birkeland, Peter; Stiasny, Jerzy


    We present three cases with longstanding true neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. All patients had aching pain in the shoulder, arm and ulnar border of the hand. On examination, we found atrophy of the hand muscles. Electromyography revealed signs of compromised function of the inferior trunk...... of the brachial plexus. At surgery, we found and severed a fibrous band that compressed the inferior trunk. Postoperatively, the pain subsided and fine hand movements improved. One patient had no cervical rib, however, in the two other cases we found rudimentary cervical ribs. Magnetic resonance imaging...

  10. Thoracic ectopia cordis with anatomically normal heart.

    Gonçalves, Flávio Donizete; Novaes, Fernando Rotatori; Maia, Marcelo Alves; Barros, Francisco de Assis


    Ectopia cordis is a rare congenital malformation, which is commonly associated with other intracardiac defects. At two-day-old full-term baby girl was admitted to Santa Casade Misericórdia Hospital Montes Claros, NG, Brazil, with thoracic ectopia cordis. A transthoracic echocardiographic study did not identify any associated congenital heart diseases. The infant underwent surgical treatment using a rib graft to create a neo-sternum. She was discharged after presenting a good outcome on the 20th postoperative day.

  11. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Following Breast Implant Rupture

    Raakhi Mistry, MBChB


    Full Text Available Summary: We present a patient with bilateral breast implant rupture who developed severe locoregional silicone granulomatous lymphadenopathy. Poly Implant Prothese silicone implants had been used for bilateral breast augmentation 5 years prior. Extracapsular implant rupture and bilateral axillary lymphadenopathy indicated explantation, capsulectomy, and selective lymph node excision. Histology demonstrated silicone lymphadenopathy with no evidence of malignancy. Over the subsequent 12 months, she developed progressive locoregional lymphadenopathy involving bilateral cervical, axillary, and internal mammary groups, resulting in bilateral thoracic outlet syndrome. We report the unusual presentation, progression, and the ultimate surgical management of this patient.

  12. Thoracic outlet syndrome following breast implant rupture.

    Mistry, Raakhi; Caplash, Yugesh; Giri, Pratyush; Kearney, Daniel; Wagstaff, Marcus


    We present a patient with bilateral breast implant rupture who developed severe locoregional silicone granulomatous lymphadenopathy. Poly Implant Prothese silicone implants had been used for bilateral breast augmentation 5 years prior. Extracapsular implant rupture and bilateral axillary lymphadenopathy indicated explantation, capsulectomy, and selective lymph node excision. Histology demonstrated silicone lymphadenopathy with no evidence of malignancy. Over the subsequent 12 months, she developed progressive locoregional lymphadenopathy involving bilateral cervical, axillary, and internal mammary groups, resulting in bilateral thoracic outlet syndrome. We report the unusual presentation, progression, and the ultimate surgical management of this patient.

  13. Digital subtraction angiography of the thoracic aorta

    Grossman, L.B.; Buonocore, E.; Modic, M.T.; Meaney, T.F.


    Forty-three patients with acquired and congenital abnormalities of the thoracic aorta were studied using digital subtraction angiography (DSA) after an intravenous bolus injection of 40 ml of contrast material. Abnormalities studied included coarctation, pseudocoarctation, Marfan syndrome, cervical aorta, double aortic arch, aneurysm, dissection, and tumor. Twenty-four patients also had conventional angiography. DSA was accurate in 95% of cases; in the other 5%, involving patients with acute type I dissection, the coronary arteries could not be seen. The authors concluded that in 92% of their patients, DSA could have replaced the standard aortogram.

  14. High incidence of biliary complications in rat liver transplantation: Can we avoid it?

    Guo-Lin Li; Hao-Ming Lin; Tian-Zhu Long; Li-Hong Lv; Jian-Dong Yu; Yong-Heng Huang; Jun Min; Yun-Le Wan


    IM: To investigate how to reduce the incidence of biliary omplications in rat orthotopic liver transplantation. ETHODS: A total of 165 male Wistar rats were randomly ivided into three groups: Group A, orthotropic iver transplantation with modified "two-cuff" technique; roup B, bile duct was cut and reconstructed without ransplantation; and Group C, only laparotomy was performed. Based on the approaches used for biliary reconstruction, Group A was divided into two sub-groups: A1 (n = 30), duct-duct reconstruction, and A2 (n = 30), duct-duodenum reconstruction. To study the influence of artery reconstruction on bile duct complication, Group B was divided into four sub-groups: B1 (n = 10), duct-duct reconstruction with hepatic artery ligation, B2 (n = 10), duct-duct reconstruction without hepatic artery ligation, B3 (n = 10), duct-duodenum reconstruction with hepatic artery ligation, and B4 (n = 10), duct-duodenum reconstruction without hepatic artery ligation. The samples were harvested 14 d after operation or at the time when significant biliary complication was found. RESULTS: In Group A, the anhepatic phase was 13.7 ± 1.06 min, and cold ischemia time was 50.5 ± 8.6 min. There was no significant difference between A1 and A2 in the operation duration. The time for biliary reconstruction was almost the same among all groups. The success rate for transplantation was 98.3% (59/60). Significant differences were found in the incidence of biliary complications in Groups A (41.7%), B (27.5%) and C (0%). A2 was more likely to have biliary complications than A1 (50% vs 33.3%). B3 had the highest incidence of biliary complications in Group B. CONCLUSION: Biliary complications are almost inevitable using the classical "two cuff" techniques, and duct-duodenum reconstruction is not an ideal option in rat orthotopic liver transplantation.

  15. Development of a new duct leakage test: DeltaQ

    Walker,I.S.; Sherman,M.H.; Wempen, J.; Wang, D.; McWilliams, J.A.; Dickerhoff, D.J.


    Duct leakage is a key factor in determining energy losses from forced air heating and cooling systems. Several studies (Francisco and Palmiter 1997 and 1999, Andrews et al. 1998, and Siegel et al. 2001) have shown that the duct system efficiency cannot be reliably determined without good estimates of duct leakage. Specifically, for energy calculations, it is the duct leakage air flow to outside at operating conditions that is required. Existing test methods either precisely measure the size of leaks (but not the flow through them at operating conditions), or measure these flows with insufficient accuracy. The DeltaQ duct leakage test method was developed to provide improved estimates of duct leakage during system operation. In this study we developed the analytical calculation methods and the test procedures used in the DeltaQ test. As part of the development process, we have estimated uncertainties in the test method (both analytically and based on field data) and designed automated test procedures to increase accuracy and reduce the contributions of operator errors in performing field tests. In addition, the test has been evaluated in over 100 houses by several research teams to show that it can be used in a wide range of houses and to aid in finding limits or problems in field applications. The test procedure is currently being considered by ASTM as an update of an existing duct leakage standard.

  16. Mechanical properties of the porcine bile duct wall

    Andersen Helle


    Full Text Available Abstract Background and Aim The function of the common bile duct is to transport bile from the liver and the gall bladder to the duodenum. Since the bile duct is a distensible tube consisting mainly of connective tissue, it is important to obtain data on the passive mechanical wall properties. The aims of this study were to study morphometric and biomechanical wall properties during distension of the bile duct. Methods Ten normal porcine common bile ducts were examined in vitro. A computer-controlled volume ramp infusion system with concomitant pressure recordings was constructed. A video camera provided simultaneous measurement of outer dimensions of the common bile duct. Wall stresses and strains were computed. Results The common bile duct length increased by 25% from 24.4 ± 1.8 mm at zero pressure to 30.5 ± 2.0 mm at 5 kPa (p (βε - 1. The circumferential stress-strain curve was shifted to the left when compared to the longitudinal stress-strain curve, i.e. the linear constants (α values were different (p 0.5. Conclusion The porcine bile duct exhibited nonlinear anisotropic mechanical properties.

  17. Magnetic Resonance Sialography Findings of Submandibular Ducts Imaging

    Nezahat Karaca Erdoğan


    Full Text Available Purpose. We aimed to assess the problem solving capability of magnetic resonance sialography (MR sialography, a noninvasive method for imaging submandibular gland ducts and determining duct-related pathologies, by comparing diseased and healthy cases. Materials and Methods. We conducted radiological assessment on a total of 60 submandibular glands (mean age 44.7 in 20 cases and 10 volunteers. MR sialography examinations were conducted with single-shot fast spin-echo sequence by using a surface coil placed on the submandibular gland. Each gland was evaluated in terms of the length, width and stricture of the main duct, as well as the difference between the intraparenchymal duct width, and the main duct width. Statistical analysis was performed. Results. In the MR sialography the primary duct mean length was determined as 51 mm (40–57 mm in all submandibular glands. On the MR sialography imaging, the visualization ratio of the ductal system of submandibular gland was evaluated in the cases and volunteers. Conclusion. MR sialography is an effective and a noninvasive method in imaging submandibular gland ducts, demonstrating the presence, location and degree of stricture/dilatation, and elucidating the disease etiology.

  18. Flow Development through a Duct and a Diffuser Using CFD

    Prasanta K.Sinha


    Full Text Available In the present paper an extensive study of rectangular cross-sectioned C-duct and C-diffuser is made by the help of 2-D mean velocity contours. Study of flow characteristics through constant area duct is a fundamental research area of basic fluid mechanics since the concepts of potential flow and frictional losses in conduit flow were established. C-ducts are used in aircraft intakes, combustors, internal cooling systems of gas turbines, ventilation ducts, wind tunnels etc., while diffuser is mechanical device usually made in the form of a gradual conical expander intended to raise the static pressure of the fluid flowing through it. Flow through curved ducts is more complex compared to straight duct due to the curvature of the duct axis and centrifugal forces are induced on the flowing fluid resulting in the development of secondary motion (normal to the primary flow direction which is manifested in the form of a pair of contra-rotating vortices. For a diffuser in addition to the secondary flow, the diverging flow passage, which causes an adverse stream wise pressure gradient, can lead to flow separation. The combined effect may result n non uniformity of total pressure and total pressure loss at the exit. A comparative study of different turbulent models available in the Fluent using y  as guidance in selecting the appropriate grid configuration and turbulence models are done. Standard k-ε model and RSM models are used to solve the closure problem for both the constant area duct and the diffuser. It has been observed that the Standard k-e model predicts the flow through the constant area duct and the diffuser within a reasonable domain ofthe y  range.

  19. Flow in Idealised Compliant Human Cystic Duct Models

    Al-Atabi, M.; Chin, S. B.; Beck, S.; Luo, X. Y.

    The functions of the cystic duct and the role of its complicated geometry (in particular the valves of Heister), in the delivery of bile flow have always been a subject of speculation. This paper reports on an experimental investigation of the flow in idealised, compliant cystic duct models. The valves of Heister were idealised using eight semi-circular alternating baffles fitted inside the compliant tubes. These tubes were arranged in configurations representing the anatomical configurations of real cystic ducts. Models both with and without baffles were tested for comparison. The results show that the valves of Heister seem to play a role in facilitating both the filling and emptying of the gallbladder.

  20. Finite-amplitude waves in cylindrical lined ducts

    Nayfeh, A. H.; Tsai, M.-S.


    A second-order uniformly valid expansion is obtained for nonlinear waves propagating in a cylindrical duct lined with a point-reacting acoustic material that consists of a porous sheet followed by honey-comb cavities and backed by the impervious walls of the duct. The effect of the liner is taken into account by coupling the waves in the duct with those in the liner. As in the two-dimensional case, the nonlinearity increases the attenuation rate at all frequencies except in narrow bandwidths around the resonant frequencies, irrespective of the geometrical dimensions of the liner or the acoustic properties of the porous sheet.