Plasma osmolality and brain water content in a rat glioma model.


Journal Article

Little is known about how intravenous fluids influence peritumoral edema formation. This experiment was designed to determine, in a rat glioma model, whether changes in plasma osmolality alter water content, as assessed by specific gravity (SpGr), in normal and neoplastic cerebral tissue. Cells cultured from an ethylnitrosourea-induced rat glioma were stereotactically implanted into the right striatum of Fischer 344 rats. A tumor growth interval of 21 days was allowed. In a second experiment, rats underwent a 60-second cortical freeze injury followed by 24 hours' recovery. In both experiments, rats were assigned to one of three groups: hypotonic (100 ml/kg of 0.2 mol/L NaCl in H2O, intraperitoneally; resultant plasma osmolality approximately 268 mOsm/kg); isotonic (no treatment; plasma osmolality approximately 298 mOsm/kg); or hypertonic (10 ml/kg of 1.0 mol/L NaCl in H2O, intraperitoneally; plasma osmolality approximately 342 mOsm/kg). Thirty minutes after fluid injection, regional SpGr was determined using a kerosene-bromobenzene gradient. In subsets of rats, the tissue morphology and blood-brain barrier permeability of Evans blue dye were assessed. Tissue within the freeze lesion was stained by Evans blue dye with sharp demarcation. Evans blue dye did not stain gliomatous tissue, and central necrosis was not histologically evident. In isotonic rats, glioma SpGr was reduced (1.0411 +/- 0.0012 g/ml) relative to the contralateral striatum (1.0437 +/- 0.0008 g/ml; P < 0.001). Despite this, a strong linear relation was observed for SpGr and plasma osmolality in both neoplastic and normal tissue. Within the freeze lesion in isotonic rats, SpGr was severely reduced (1.0335 +/- 0.0008 g/ml; P < 0.0001) compared with contralateral frontal cortex.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hansen, TD; Warner, DS; Traynelis, VC; Todd, MM

Published Date

  • March 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 505 - 511

PubMed ID

  • 8190227

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8190227

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-396X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1227/00006123-199403000-00017


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States