Partial liquid ventilation influences pulmonary histopathology in an animal model of acute lung injury.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


The aim of this study was to assess the effect of partial liquid ventilation (PLV) and conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) in the pattern of distribution of lung injury in a rabbit model of acute lung injury.

Materials and methods

Animals (1.5 to 3.5 kg) were assigned to receive CMV (tidal volume of 10 mL/kg and a PEEP of 5 cm H2O) or PLV with 18 mL/kg of intratracheal perflubron (tidal volume of 10 mL/kg and a PEEP of 5 cm H2O). Lung injury was elicited by intravenous administration of Escherichia coliendotoxin. Uninjured animals ventilated as the CMV group served as controls. After 4 hours of mechanical ventilation, the lungs were removed and tissue injury was assessed by light microscopy using a scoring system.


Animals in the CMV group had higher lung injury scores in comparison to the PLV group (10+/-4.5 vs. 5+/-3.3, respectively, P < .05). The injury scores were similar for nondependent lung regions (CMV: 8+/-4.3, PLV: 6+/-2.9) but significantly different for the dependent regions (CMV: 12+/-4.6, PLV: 5+/-3.8, P< .05).


PLV is associated with significant attenuation of lung injury, in comparison to CMV. This effect is predominantly due to attenuation of injury in the dependent region of the lung.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rotta, AT; Gunnarsson, B; Hernan, LJ; Fuhrman, BP; Steinhorn, DM

Published Date

  • June 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 84 - 92

PubMed ID

  • 10382789

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-8615

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-9441

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0883-9441(99)90019-9


  • eng