Partial liquid ventilation (PLV) compared to inhaled nitric oxide (INO) in an animal model of acute lung injury (ALI): Effects on pulmonary gas exchange

Thilo Busch, Steffen Wolf, Armin Sommerer, Ulrike Hoffmann, Hansjoerg Lohbrunner, Konrad J. Falke, Udo Kaisers

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Introduction: In ALI, iNO is effective in improving arterial oxygenation by vasodilating ventilated lung regions and thereby reducing intrapulmonary shunt (Qs/Qt). PLV has been suggested to reduce Q s/Qt mainly by recruitment of collapsed alveolar regions. In this study we compared the effects of iNO and PLV on arterial oxygenation and Qs/Qt in an animal model of ALI. Methods: 22 piglets (25±5 kg) were anesthetized and ventilated in a volume-controlled mode (FIO2 1.0). After induction of ALI by surfactant depletion, the animals were randomly assigned to either receive PLV (30 ml/kg initially followed by 4 ml/kg hourly, PF 5080, 3M, Neuss, Germany, n=7), or to inhale 20 ppm NO continuously (n=7), or to receive no further treatment (n=8, controls). Hemodynamics and pulmonary gas exchange were measured hourly. Statistical analysis was performed by Kruskal-Wallis-ANOVA with post-hoc comparisons using Mann-Whitney-U test and Bonferroni correction (* denotes p<0.05 compared to controls, # denotes p*0.05 compared to iNO). Results: (Mean ± SEM) Induction of ALI decreased PaO2 from 547±12 mmHg (pre-lavage) to 61±3 mmHg, and increased Qs/Qt from 12±1 to 52±3 %. PLV induced an increase in PaO2 to 142±50, 233±54*, 301±36*#, and 319±41*# mmHg (corresponding changes in Qs/Qt from All were -15±6, -25±5*, -28±4*, and -31±5* %; values at 1,2,3,and 4 h after induction of ALI). In the iNO group PaO2 increased to 107±12*, 108±9*, 109±10*, and 115±15 mmHg (changes in Qs/Qt were -16±4*, -15±4*, -14±6, and -13±9 %). Controls remained at low PaO2 levels of 66±5, 56±5, 58±7, and 65±9 mmHg, corresponding changes in Qs/Qt from ALI were -1±2, 3±4, 4±4, and 5±9 %. During the protocol, n=4 controls and n=1 animal from the iNO group died. Conclusion: In this animal model of ALI, both PLV and iNO significantly improved pulmonary gas exchange compared to controls. However. PLV appears to be more effective possibly due to its abibility to recruit atelectatic lung regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A111
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number12 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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