Aspiration pneumonia: Treatment with osmotically active agents

T. J. Toung, J. L. Cameron, T. Kimura, S. Permutt

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Utilizing the ex vivo perfused ventilated canine pulmonary lobe, we evaluated the effects of three osmotically active agents on pulmonary function after acid aspiration. Control lobes were stable during a 44-hour perfusion with minimal weight gain, stable pulmonary artery and end-inspiratory pressures, and no increase in intrapulmonary shunting. After acid aspiration during a 44-hour perfusion period, massive weight gain occurred (228 gm), pulmonary artery and end-inspiratory pressure increased, and marked intrapulmonary shunting (44%) developed. When mannitol (molecular weight 182) or dextran 40 (molecular weight (40,000) were added to the perfusate of the acid-instilled lobes, no significant modifications of the acid-induced response were seen during the 44-hour perfusion. The administration of albumin (molecular weight 69,000), however, markedly modified the acid-induced response. Weight gain (53 gm) was almost completely eliminated, pulmonary artery and end-inspiratory pressures were stable, and intrapulmonary shunting increased only minimally (10%). It is concluded that despite the permeability change in the capillary-alveolar membrane produced by acid aspiration, albumin is retained within the vascular space and is effective in reducing the injury response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-593
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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  • Surgery


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