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Pflugers Arch. 1980 Jul;386(1):77-83.

The hepatic arterial blood flow response to portal vein occlusion in the dog: the effect of hepatic denervation.

Abstract

The acute effect of portal vein occlusion on hepatic arterial blood flow was studied in a group of nine anaesthetised dogs. The influence of hepatic artery denervation and total liver denervation on the hepatic arterial flow response was determined subsequently. Blood flows in the hepatic artery and portal vein were measured with electromagnetic flowmeters, and hepatic tissue perfusion with 85Krypton clearance. A side-to-side mesocaval shunt was constructed to provide a drainage channel for the mesenteric venous blood during the periods of portal vein occlusion. Occlusion of the portal vein produced an immediate and significant increase in hepatic arterial flow which was sustained at approximately 80% above control for the 6 min period of observation. Total liver blood flow and hepatic tissue perfusion were both significantly reduced by about 40%. Denervation either of the hepatic artery alone or the entire liver produced no change in the response, and it is concluded that there is no neurogenic component either initiating or modifying the early changes in hepatic arterial flow.

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