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Sympathetic innervation does not contribute to glycerol release in ischemic flaps
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2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, ISSN 0036-5513, Vol. 72, no 5, 420-426 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background. Extracellular glycerol as detected by microdialysis has been used as a surrogate marker for (ischemic) tissue damage and cellular membrane breakdown in the monitoring of free microvascular musculocutaneous flaps. One confounding factor for glycerol as a marker of ischemic cell damage is the effect of lipolysis and associated glycerol release as induced by sympathetic signalling alone. We hypothesized that extracellular glycerol concentrations in a microvascular flap with sympathetic innervation would be confounded by intact innervation per se as compared to denervated flap. Clinical relevance is related to the use of both free and pedicled flaps in reconstructive surgery. We tested the hypothesis in an experimental model of microvascular musculocutaneal flaps.

Methods. Twelve pigs were anesthetized and mechanically ventilated. Two identical rectus abdominis musculocutaneal flaps were raised for the investigation. In the A-flaps the adventitia of the artery and accompanying innervation was carefully stripped, while in the B-flaps it was left untouched. Flap ischemia was induced by clamping both vessels for 60 minutes. The ischemia was confirmed by measuring tissue oxygen pressure, while extracellular lactate to pyruvate ratio indicated the accompanying anaerobic metabolism locally.

Results. Intramuscular and sub-cutaneal extracellular glycerol concentrations were measured by microdialysate analyzer. Contrary to our hypothesis, glycerol concentrations were comparable between the two ischemia groups at 60 minutes (p = 0.089, T-test).

Conclusions. In this experimental model of vascular flap ischemia, intact innervation of the flap did not confound ischemia detection by glycerol. Extrapolation of the results to clinical setting warrants further studies.

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2012. Vol. 72, no 5, 420-426 p.
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Glycerol, microdialysis, postoperative monitoring, free flaps, pedicled flaps, flap ischemia
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181850DOI: 10.3109/00365513.2012.691543ISI: 000307636100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-181850DiVA: diva2:558042
Available from: 2012-10-01 Created: 2012-10-01 Last updated: 2012-10-01Bibliographically approved

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