Using the model of galactosamine-induced fulminant hepatic failure in the rat, the effects of multisorbent plasma perfusion over Asahi uncoated spherical charcoal, Plasorba (BR-350) resin, and an endotoxin removing adsorbent (polymyxin B-sepharose) were determined in Grade III hepatic coma animals by studying survival as influenced by timing, duration, and frequency of treatment. The effects of treatment on liver cell proliferation and endotoxin removal also were examined. The results demonstrate that duration and frequency of treatment are major contributing factors in the successful application of nonbiological membrane-based multisorbent liver support systems. Examination of the regenerative activity in the liver indicates an enhanced proliferative response following multisorbent plasma perfusion compared with untreated fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) paired controls. Utilizing an endotoxin removal adsorbent alone, a marked reduction in systemic levels of endotoxin in FHF was demonstrated compared with nonperfused FHF paired controls. Despite current emphasis on bioartificial liver support systems, plasma purification by multisorbent systems offers a simple method for the removal of circulating toxic metabolites in general together with specific toxin removal.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- artificial organs