Murine model of oropharyngeal gastric fluid aspiration-A new assessment method for intrapulmonary liquid distribution using digital pixel calculation.


Journal Article

The aim of this study was to investigate a new method for visualization and quantification of intrapulmonary liquid distribution after oropharyngeal gastric fluid aspiration in mice.Eleven mice received oropharyngeal aspiration with a gastric fluid, India ink, and saline solution. Digital imaging and pixel calculation were used to analyze intrapulmonary fluid distribution selectively.Digital pixel analysis and orophanryngeal aspiration are both safe techniques in mice and deliver reproducible/valid results. Analysis revealed an average aspirate distribution of 86.8% of the total lung area. The proportional amount of the left lung was significantly greater than that of the right lung (P = 0.023). The lobe with the lowest mean distribution was the right lower lobe (79.2% ± 4.4%).Digital pixel calculation is a reliable method for quantitative, macroscopic evaluation of fluid distribution in the lung. This method is a useful tool for training purposes and it can be used to ensure interinvestigator reproducibility.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beinart, D; Finn, SMB; Scheuermann, U; Holzknecht, ZE; Barbas, AS; Parker, W; Lin, SS

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 9-10

Start / End Page

  • 434 - 438

PubMed ID

  • 29252074

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29252074

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-0499

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-2148

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01902148.2017.1397822


  • eng