Aspiration of gastric fluid in pulmonary allografts: effect of pH.
BACKGROUND: Chronic aspiration of gastric fluid potentially plays a central role in the pathogenesis of obliterative bronchiolitis, which is often associated with chronic pulmonary allograft failure. It remains unknown whether pharmaceutical-induced increases in gastric pH might effectively prevent any putative pulmonary injury associated with chronic aspiration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To test the hypothesis that neutralization of gastric fluid would affect the development of aspiration-associated obliterative bronchiolitis, an established rat lung transplant model (WKY-to-F344) was utilized. Pulmonary allograft recipients were subjected to eight weekly aspirations of gastric fluid at pH 2.5 (low-pH), gastric fluid at pH 7.4 (neutralized-pH), or saline as a control. RESULTS: Histologic analysis revealed that the fraction of airways affected with lesions consistent with obliterative bronchiolitis was 0.55 ± 0.08 (mean ± SEM) in rats receiving aspiration with low-pH gastric fluid, 0.49 ± 0.07 in animals receiving neutralized-pH gastric fluid, and 0.07 ± 0.05 in rats receiving normal saline only. The difference between groups receiving gastric fluid, regardless of pH, was significantly different from the saline control (P < 0.0001), whereas the difference between the groups receiving low-pH gastric fluid and neutralized-pH gastric fluid was not significant (P = 0.75). CONCLUSIONS: Effective management of gastroesophageal reflux disease in lung transplant recipients should probably include more than neutralization of gastric fluid.
Tang, T; Chang, J-C; Xie, A; Davis, RD; Parker, W; Lin, SS
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