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Enteral liquid ventilation oxygenates a hypoxic pig model

March 13, 2023


The potential of extrapulmonary ventilation pathways remains largely unexplored. Here, we assessed the enteral ventilation approach in hypoxic porcine models under controlled mechanical ventilation. 20 mL/kg of oxygenated perfluorodecalin (O2-PFD) was intra-anally delivered by a rectal tube. We simultaneously monitored arterial and pulmonary arterial blood gases every 2 min up to 30 min to determine the gut-mediated systemic and venous oxygenation kinetics. Intrarectal O2-PFD administration significantly increased the partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood from 54.5 ± 6.4 to 61.1 ± 6.2 mmHg (mean ± SD) and reduced the partial pressure of carbon dioxide from 38.0 ± 5.6 to 34.4 ± 5.9 mmHg. Early oxygen transfer dynamics inversely correlate with baseline oxygenation status. SvO2 dynamic monitoring data indicated that oxygenation likely originated from the venous outflow of the broad segment of large intestine including the inferior mesenteric vein route. Enteral ventilation pathway offers an effective means for systemic oxygenation, thus warranting further clinical development.

Journal Article

JOURNAL: iScience

TITLE:Enteral liquid ventilation oxygenates a hypoxic pig model


Correspondence to

  1. Takanori TAKEBE, Professor

    Institute of Research, Division of Advanced Research
    Tokyo Medical and Dental University(TMDU)

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