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See detailEffects of Large-Pore Hemofiltration in a Swine Model of Fulminant Hepatic Failure.
DETRY, Olivier ULg; JANSSEN, Nathalie ULg; CHERAMY-BIEN, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Artificial Organs (2012), 36(11), 981-987

Among the different potential mechanisms that could lead to brain edema and intracranial hypertension in fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), the inflammatory hypothesis implies that systemic inflammation ... [more ▼]

Among the different potential mechanisms that could lead to brain edema and intracranial hypertension in fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), the inflammatory hypothesis implies that systemic inflammation might be in part responsible for an increase in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and brain water content. In this study, the authors used a validated ischemic FHF swine model to evaluate the effects of 80 kDa large-pore membrane hemofiltration (LPHF) on intracranial pressure (ICP) and CBF, in relation with the clearance of proinflammatory cytokines and blood liver tests, as primary end points. Fifteen pigs were randomized into one of three groups: SHAM, FHF, and FHF + LPHF. All experiments lasted 6 h. In the FHF groups, liver failure was induced by liver ischemia. After 2 h, the FHF + LPHF group underwent 4 h of a zero-balance continuous veno-venous hemofiltration using a 0.7-m(2) , large-pore (78 A) membrane with a cutoff of 80 kDa. ICP, CBF, mean arterial pressure, central venous pressure, and heart rate were continuously monitored and recorded. Arterial aspartate aminotransferase, total bilirubin, creatinine, international normalized ratio, glucose, lactate and serum cytokines interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha were measured at T0, T120, and T360. Over the 6 h following liver ischemia, the FHF group developed a significant increase in ICP. This ICP rise was not observed in the SHAM group and was attenuated in the FHF + LDHF group. However, the ICP levels were not different at T360 in the FHF + LDHF group compared to the FHF group. No significant effect of LPHF on liver tests or levels of proinflammatory cytokines could be demonstrated. In this model, 80 kDa LPHF was not efficient to control FHF intracranial hypertension and to decrease serum cytokine levels. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-pore membrane hemofiltration increases cytokine clearance and improves right ventricular-vascular coupling during endotoxic shock in pigs
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Dogné, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Artificial Organs (2006), 30(7), 560-564

Hemodynamic improvement in patients suffering from both septic shock and renal failure who received hemofiltration suggested that an extrarenal epuration technique could be of interest in patients with ... [more ▼]

Hemodynamic improvement in patients suffering from both septic shock and renal failure who received hemofiltration suggested that an extrarenal epuration technique could be of interest in patients with septic shock alone. However, most of the studies using continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) in this setting evidenced neither cytokine clearance nor significant reduction in their plasma level. Lack of significant clearance was explained in part by the small size of the membrane pores. Therefore, we investigated the effects of large-pore membrane hemofiltration (LPHF) during endotoxic shock in pigs on interleukin 6 (IL-6) and interleukin 10 (IL-10) clearances, and on right ventricular (RV)-vascular coupling. Thirteen anesthetized healthy pigs weighing 20-30 kg were divided into two groups. In the Endo group (n = 6), the pigs received a 0.5-mg/kg endotoxin infusion over a period of 30 mins from T0 to T30. In the EndoHF group (n = 7), LPHF (cutoff = 80 kDa) and an ultrafiltration rate of 45 mL/kg/h were started 30 mins after the end of the endotoxin infusion, from T60 to T240. In this model of porcine endotoxic shock, LPHF was responsible for a significant clearance of IL-6 (20 mL/min) and Il-10 (14 mL/min), and for an improvement in RV-vascular coupling. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of hemodiafiltration on pulmonary hemodynamics in endotoxic shock
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Kolh, Philippe ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Artificial Organs (2003), 27(12), 1128-1133

Hemofiltration can improve pulmonary hemodynamics during septic shock. The main objective of the study was to determine whether hemodiafiltration (HDF) would also have beneficial effects on pulmonary ... [more ▼]

Hemofiltration can improve pulmonary hemodynamics during septic shock. The main objective of the study was to determine whether hemodiafiltration (HDF) would also have beneficial effects on pulmonary hemodynamics during septic shock. In the Endo group, six anesthetized pigs received a 0.5 mg/kg endotoxin infusion over 30 min. In the HDF group (n = 6), HDF was started 30 min after the end of the endotoxin infusion, while in the Control group (n = 4) they received HDF but no endotoxin infusion. Pulmonary hemodynamics were analyzed in detail with a four-element windkessel model. Although in the Control group, HDF did not alter pulmonary hemodynamic parameters, in the HDF group, it was responsible for an amplification of the deleterious pulmonary vascular response to endotoxin insult. Our results show that HDF must be used cautiously in septic shock since it can precipitate right heart failure by increasing pulmonary vascular resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailDevices for the treatment of diabetes: today.
Scheen, André ULg

in Artificial Organs (1992), 16(2), 163-6

Although single or multiple daily subcutaneous injections of insulin with syringes are the mainstay of insulin delivery techniques for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, several other methods are now ... [more ▼]

Although single or multiple daily subcutaneous injections of insulin with syringes are the mainstay of insulin delivery techniques for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, several other methods are now available. The present paper will review the main problems occurring with the classical subcutaneous insulin therapy and the possible solutions given by the use of new devices, including more particularly insulin jet injectors, pens, and portable pumps. This review has to be considered as an introduction to the presentations of this symposium devoted to implantable pumps, glucose sensors, and artificial pancreas, respectively. [less ▲]

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