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Crit Care Med. 2003 Sep;31(9):2355-63.

Twenty-five percent albumin prevents lung injury following shock/resuscitation.

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Department of Surgery, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.



To evaluate novel indications for the use of human albumin solutions in the prevention and treatment of acute lung injury following shock/resuscitation and to test the hypothesis that 25% human albumin is an effective resuscitation fluid as well as an immunomodulatory agent protective against lung injury in our model.


A previously developed rodent model of acute lung injury in which resuscitated shock primes for increased lung injury in response to a small dose of intratracheal lipopolysaccharide.


University-affiliated hospital.


Sprague Dawley rats weighing 300-350 g.


Animals were bled to a mean arterial pressure of 40 mm Hg and maintained in a shock phase for 1 hr. Animals then were resuscitated by transfusion of the shed blood plus an equal volume of Ringer's lactate or their shed blood plus 3 mL/kg volume of 25% albumin or their shed blood plus 15 mL/kg of 5% human albumin over a period of 2 hrs. To test for the possible role of 25% albumin as an antioxidant, we also performed resuscitation with Ringer's lactate supplemented with N-acetylcysteine or 25% albumin depleted of its antioxidant properties by N-ethylmaleimide. Mean arterial pressure was monitored continuously. One hour after resuscitation, 100 microg of lipopolysaccharide in 200 microL of saline was administered intratracheally.


Resuscitation with 25% albumin significantly reduced transpulmonary protein flux, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid neutrophil counts, and the degree of histopathological injury compared with resuscitation with Ringer's lactate or 5% albumin. To delineate the underlying mechanism of this beneficial effect, the production of cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant as well as nuclear translocation of its critical transcription factor nuclear factor-kappaB was measured. Both cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant messenger RNA concentrations and nuclear factor-kappaB translocation were diminished following 25% albumin resuscitation. Furthermore, 25% albumin significantly decreased lipid peroxidation in plasma as measured by 8-isoprostane concentrations. N-ethylmaleimide modified 25% albumin, possessing lesser antioxidant activity, exhibited an attenuated protection from lung injury.


Resuscitation with 25% albumin attenuates lung injury in this rat model. The beneficial effect was due to reduced neutrophil sequestration. The antioxidant properties of the 25% albumin preparation appeared to be partially responsible for the effects observed. These studies suggest a novel role for 25% albumin as an anti-inflammatory agent in neutrophil-mediated diseases, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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