Bariatric Embolization: Pilot Study on the Impact of Gastroprotective Agents and Arterial Distribution on Ulceration Risk and Efficacy in a Porcine Model.
PURPOSE: To assess whether the number of fundal arteries embolized and use of gastroprotective agents have an impact on ghrelin suppression and gastric ulceration rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two healthy, growing swine (mean, 38.4 kg; range, 30.3-47.0 kg) were evaluated. Six control swine underwent a sham procedure. Gastric embolization was performed by the infusion of 40-µm microspheres selectively into some or all gastric arteries supplying the gastric fundus. In group 1, 6 swine underwent embolization of all 4 arteries to the gastric fundus. In group 2, 5 swine underwent embolization of 2 gastric fundal arteries. In group 3, 5 swine underwent embolization of 1 gastric fundal artery. Animals in groups 2 and 3 were treated with gastroprotective agents (sucralfate and omeprazole). Weight and fasting plasma ghrelin levels were analyzed at baseline and at week 4. Upon animal euthanasia, gross analysis was performed for identification of ulcers. RESULTS: Only group 1 animals exhibited changes in serum ghrelin levels that rendered them significantly lower than those in control animals (P = .049). Group 3 animals exhibited marked elevations in serum ghrelin levels compared with control animals (P = .001). Gross pathologic evaluation revealed 0 ulcers in the control animals, 3 ulcers (50%) in group 1, 2 ulcers (40%) in group 2, and 2 ulcers (40%) in group 3. CONCLUSIONS: Administration of gastroprotective agents and embolization of fewer arteries to the gastric fundus did not prevent gastric ulceration in treated animals. Only animals that underwent embolization of all gastric arteries exhibited significant decreases in serum ghrelin levels.
Paxton, BE; Arepally, A; Alley, CL; Kim, CY
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