Intralipid alterations in pulmonary prostaglandin metabolism and gas exchange

J. R. Hageman, K. McCulloch, P. Gora, E. K. Olsen, L. Pachman, C. E. Hunt

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To assess the role of Intralipid as a prostaglandin (PG) precursor, we infused Intralipid into 40 rabbits with long-term arterial and venous catheters; 24 other rabbits received a control saline infusion. One-half of the rabbits in both experimental and control groups had oleic acid-damaged lungs, and at least 5 in each of the 4 groups (Intralipid/saline in normal/damaged lungs) received indomethacin. Two vasodilating PGs (E2 and 6KF(1α)) and one vasoconstricting PG (F(2α)) were measured. Triglyceride levels increased significantly in all Intralipid groups, averaging 580 mg/dl. Intralipid-related alterations in PG levels and arterial oxygen tension (PaO2) were significant only in the lung-damaged group. The mean (± sem) decrease in PaO2 was 12 ± 1.5 torr (p < .001). For both vasodilating PGs, Intralipid infusion increased the pulmonary arteriovenous gradients for PG E2 and PG 6KF(1α) by 960 pg/ml (p < .05) and 697 pg/ml (p < .10), respectively. Both the PaO2 decrease and the vasodilating PG increases were blocked by indomethacin. In summary, Intralipid infusion in lung-damaged rabbits increased pulmonary production of vasodilating PGs and associated hypoxemia, presumably caused by an unblocking of hypoxic vasoconstriction and resultant increase in intrapulmonary right-to-left shunt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-798
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1983

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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