- Thoracic Surgery
- cardiothoracic surgery
- Arterial coronary revascularization
- Complex valve repair and replacement
Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Honors & Awards
Texas Super Doctor, Texas Monthly (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Fellowship: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (1993) NC
Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (1991)
Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine (1989) KS
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital (1984) TX
Medical Education: University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital (1979) TX
MD, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Medicine (1979)
BS, Magna Cum Laude, Texas A&M University, Zoology, Biochemistry (1975)
Frequency and Associated Clinical Features of Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation in Patients With Chronic Atrial Fibrillation
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY
2017; 119 (9): 1371-1377
Significant functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) can develop in some but not all patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). This study sought to identify factors likely to be involved in determining the severity of TR in patients with chronic AF. In this retrospective cohort study of adult patients referred for transthoracic echocardiography for evaluation of AF between 2004 and 2015, we identified 170 patients with chronic AF in the absence of structural or known coronary heart disease. Patients were classified into nonsevere (89 patients) versus severe TR (81 patients) groups based on a comprehensive assessment of color Doppler, spectral Doppler, and morphologic parameters of the tricuspid valve and right side of the heart. Patients with severe TR were significantly older (76 ± 10 vs 70 ± 11, p <0.001), with smaller body surface area (1.7 ± 0.3 m(2) vs 1.9 ± 0.23 m(2), p = 0.001) and with female predominance (percentage of men 30% vs 57%, p <0.001). Although comorbidities, use of cardiovascular medications, and left-sided cardiac parameters were statistically indistinguishable between these 2 groups, right-sided cardiac dimensions, tricuspid valve tethering height, and tricuspid valve tethering area were significantly larger in the severe TR group. A comprehensive multivariate logistic regression model (model 1) identified the age, gender, right ventricular systolic pressure, right atrial volume index, and right ventricular end-diastolic area as independent factors associated with TR severity. A simplified logistic regression model using only clinical factors (model 2) confirmed the age, gender, and right ventricular systolic pressure as clinically relevant factors in relation to TR.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.01.037
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Recovery of a Missile Embolus From the Right Ventricle.
Annals of thoracic surgery
2017; 103 (1): e69-e71
Missile embolism is a clinical entity in which a projectile object enters a blood vessel and is carried to a distant part of the body. We present a case of the discovery of an iliac vein to right ventricle missile embolus in a young man, with successful extraction through a right atriotomy. We provide a historical overview of the literature concerning missile embolism, and we argue that whereas acute embolized projectiles should be removed in almost all cases, it may be reasonable to simply observe an asymptomatic chronic missile embolus.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.06.107
View details for PubMedID 28007279
Inheriting the Learner's View: A Google Glass-Based Wearable Computing Platform for Improving Surgical Trainee Performance
JOURNAL OF SURGICAL EDUCATION
2016; 73 (4): 682-688
It is speculated that, in operative environments, real-time visualization of the trainee's viewpoint by the instructor may improve performance and teaching efficacy. We hypothesized that introduction of a wearable surgical visualization system allowing the instructor to visualize otherwise "blind" areas in the operative field could improve trainee performance in a simulated operative setting.A total of 11 surgery residents (4 in general surgery training and 7 in an integrated 6-year cardiothoracic surgery program) participated in the study. Google (Mountain View, CA) Glass hardware running proprietary software from CrowdOptic (San Francisco, CA) was utilized for creation of the wearable surgical visualization system. Both the learner and trainer wore the system, and video was streamed from the learner's system in real time to the trainer, who directed the learner to place needles in a simulated operative field. Subjects placed a total of 5 needles in each of 4 quadrants. A composite error score was calculated based on the accuracy of needle placement in relation to the intended needle trajectories as described by the trainer. Time to task completion (TTC) was also measured and participants completed an exit questionnaire.All residents completed the protocol tasks and the survey. Introduction of the wearable surgical visualization system did not affect mean time to task completion (278 ± 50 vs. 282 ± 69 seconds, p = NS). However, mean composite error score fell significantly once the wearable system was deployed (18 ± 5 vs. 15 ± 4, p < 0.05), demonstrating improved accuracy of needle placement. Most of the participants deemed the device unobtrusive, easy to operate, and useful for communication and instruction.This study suggests that wearable surgical visualization systems allowing for adoption of the learner's perspective may be a useful educational adjunct in the training of surgeons. Further evaluations of the efficacy of wearable technology in the operating room environment are warranted.
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View details for PubMedID 27137668
Creation and Global Deployment of a Mobile, Application-Based Cognitive Simulator for Cardiac Surgical Procedures.
Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
2016; 28 (1): 1-9
Several modern learning frameworks (eg, cognitive apprenticeship, anchored instruction, and situated cognition) posit the utility of nontraditional methods for effective experiential learning. Thus, development of novel educational tools emphasizing the cognitive framework of operative sequences may be of benefit to surgical trainees. We propose the development and global deployment of an effective, mobile cognitive cardiac surgical simulator. In methods, 16 preclinical medical students were assessed. Overall, 4 separate surgical modules (sternotomy, cannulation, decannulation, and sternal closure) were created utilizing the Touch Surgery (London, UK) platform. Modules were made available to download free of charge for use on mobile devices. Usage data were collected over a 6-month period. Educational efficacy of the modules was evaluated by randomizing a cohort of medical students to either module usage or traditional, reading-based self-study, followed by a multiple-choice learning assessment tool. In results, downloads of the simulator achieved global penetrance, with highest usage in the USA, Brazil, Italy, UK, and India. Overall, 5368 unique users conducted a total of 1971 hours of simulation. Evaluation of the medical student cohort revealed significantly higher assessment scores in those randomized to module use versus traditional reading (75% ± 9% vs 61% ± 7%, respectively; P < 0.05). In conclusion, this study represents the first effort to create a mobile, interactive cognitive simulator for cardiac surgery. Simulators of this type may be effective for the training and assessment of surgical students. We investigated whether an interactive, mobile-computing-based cognitive task simulator for cardiac surgery could be developed, deployed, and validated. Our findings suggest that such simulators may be a useful learning tool.
View details for DOI 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2016.02.006
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A Rare Case of Plastic Bronchitis in an Adult Patient After Cardiopulmonary Bypass
ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY
2016; 101 (3): 1176-1178
Plastic bronchitis is a rare life-threatening complication observed after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). We describe a case of a 54-year-old man in whom a fulminant case of plastic bronchitis developed after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve repair. A brief review of the literature is also presented.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.05.124
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EFFECT OF SIZE (MIS)MATCHING IN CLINICAL DOUBLE-LUNG TRANSPLANTATION
1995; 59 (5): 707-713
Current United Network for Organ Sharing policy requires listing lung transplant recipients with an acceptable donor weight range, but lung size is a function of height, age, sex, and race. Frequently, lung transplant recipients are underweight, which results in a large discrepancy between donor and recipient weights. We reviewed our experience with size discrepancy between donors (D) and recipients (R) of 49 double-lung transplant (DLTX) procedures since July 1990. Pneumoreduction procedures were performed in 11 recipients of lungs judged to be too large at the time of DLTX (right middle lobectomy, 2; lingulectomy, 2; both, 6; right middle lobectomy and bilateral apical resections, 1). Predicted forced vital capacity (FVC) and total lung capacity (TLC) of donors and recipients were calculated. Donors were larger than recipients in general (D:R height = 1.02; D:R weight = 1.46), and, as a result, recipient-predicted lung volumes were smaller than donor-predicted lung volumes (D:R FVC = 1.1; D:R TLC = 1.1). Recipients undergoing pneumoreduction procedures had a significantly greater size discrepancy between donors and recipients; thus, both the ratio of D:R and the difference between D and R predicted FVC and TLC were significantly greater among recipients who underwent pneumoreduction, compared with nonreduced recipients. For recipients in the pneumoreduction group, predicted FVC and TLC were recalculated, with a proportionate amount subtracted based on the number of pulmonary segments removed. When the "corrected" FVC and TLC of the donors were compared with recipient-predicted FVC and TLC, there was no longer any significant difference between reduced and non-reduced groups, which implies that visual estimate of size mismatch at surgery is an accurate measure of size discrepancy. Post-DLTX spirometry showed identical improvement in FVC in patients who had pneumoreduction and those who did not, and survival at 6 months was identical in both groups. We conclude that pneumoreduction had no adverse effect on survival or post-DLTX spirometry, allowing safe use of larger donors in small recipients. Also, because lung size is more a function of height than weight, this study challenges the United Network for Organ Sharing practice of listing recipients with an acceptable donor weight range.
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View details for PubMedID 7886797
IMPROVED RESULTS OF LUNG TRANSPLANTATION FOR PATIENTS WITH CYSTIC-FIBROSIS
74th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-for-Thoracic-Surgery
MOSBY-ELSEVIER. 1995: 224–35
Patients with cystic fibrosis pose particular challenges for lung transplant surgeons. Earlier reports from North American centers suggested that patients with cystic fibrosis were at greater risk for heart-lung or isolated lung transplantation than other patients with end-stage pulmonary disease. During a 3 1/2 year period, 44 patients with end-stage lung disease resulting from cystic fibrosis underwent double lung transplantation at this institution. During the same interval, 18 patients with cystic fibrosis died while waiting for lung transplantation. The ages of the recipients ranged from 8 to 45 years, and mean forced expiratory volume in 1 second was 21% predicted. Seven patients had Pseudomonas cepacia bacteria before transplantation. Bilateral sequential implantation with omentopexy was used in all patients. There were no operative deaths, although two patients required urgent retransplantation because of graft failure. Cardiopulmonary bypass was necessary in six procedures in five patients and was associated with an increased blood transfusion requirement, longer postoperative ventilation, and longer hospital stay. Actuarial survival was 85% at 1 year and 67% at 2 years. Infection was the most common cause of death within 6 months of transplantation (Pseudomonas cepacia pneumonia was the cause of death in two patients), and bronchiolitis obliterans was the most common cause of death after 6 months. Actuarial freedom from development of clinically significant bronchiolitis obliterans was 59% at 2 years. Results of pulmonary function tests improved substantially in survivors, with forced expiratory volume in 1 second averaging 78% predicted 2 years after transplantation. Double lung transplantation can be accomplished with acceptable morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis.
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View details for PubMedID 7531796
CYTOPROTECTIVE EFFECT OF PENTAGASTRIN AND EPIDERMAL GROWTH-FACTOR ON STRESS-ULCER FORMATION - POSSIBLE ROLE OF SOMATOSTATIN
ANNALS OF SURGERY
1985; 201 (3): 290-295
This study was designed to test the effects of pentagastrin and epidermal growth factor (EGF) on stress-induced ulceration and on the antral content of gastrin and somatostatin (SLI) in rats. Four groups of 14 to 15 rats had been prepared for 7 days by one of the following methods: saline injection (control); injection of pentagastrin (250 micrograms/kg, 3 times/day); injection of EGF (10 micrograms/kg, 3 times/day); or injection of EGF plus pentagastrin. At the end of the treatment period, half of each group of rats were sacrificed (nonstress group). There were no ulcers in the nonstress control groups of rats. Stress was applied by water immersion in the remaining half of the rats. The injections of pentagastrin and/or EGF resulted in substantial increase in antral content of SLI. After 20 hours of stress, the ulcer index was 40.5 +/- 3.3 in the controls, compared to 6.4 +/- 1.2 and 16.2 +/- 2.3 in rats that received pentagastrin or EGF, respectively. Injections of both pentagastrin and EGF resulted in an ulcer index of 26.2 +/- 2.0, which was significantly lower than that in controls, but higher than that in rats treated with either peptide alone. The stress resulted in significant decrease in antral SLI in all groups of rats, whereas SLI content in rats treated with pentagastrin and/or EGF remained significantly higher than that of controls. Antral content of gastrin did not differ significantly in the four groups tested. The ulcer index was inversely correlated with antral SLI content. We confirm and extend previous observations that pentagastrin and EGF prevent stress ulcer formation, and suggest that endogenous SLI may account, at least in part, for their antiulcer activity.
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View details for PubMedID 2858183
EXPERIMENTAL-EVIDENCE FOR A VAGALLY MEDIATED AND CHOLECYSTOKININ-INDEPENDENT ENTEROPANCREATIC REFLEX
ANNALS OF SURGERY
1985; 202 (1): 69-74
Truncal vagotomy results in diminished pancreatic protein secretion in response to intraduodenal fat. This diminished secretion may be due, at least in part, to interruption of the vagal reflexes between the intestine and the pancreas that work independently of cholecystokinin (CCK). In five dogs with chronic pancreatic fistulas, plasma CCK concentrations and pancreatic protein secretion in response to an intestinal stimulant (intraduodenal oleate) and to two exogenous peptides (bombesin and CCK-33) were compared before and after bilateral truncal vagotomy. Vagotomy decreased integrated protein secretion by about 50% in response to intraduodenal oleate. In contrast, protein output in response to parenteral stimuli increased after vagotomy. Integrated output of CCK in response to intraduodenal oleate or to exogenous bombesin or CCK was not significantly affected by vagotomy, but release of pancreatic polypeptide was decreased significantly in response to all stimuli after truncal vagotomy. These data provide evidence that truncal vagotomy decreases pancreatic protein secretion in response to intestinal stimulants by interrupting enteropancreatic reflexes mediated by the vagus, while maintaining normal (or supranormal) sensitivity of the pancreas to endogenous and exogenous CCK.
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PLASMA-CONCENTRATIONS OF CHOLECYSTOKININ IN PATIENTS WITH DUODENAL-ULCER DISEASE
1984; 95 (1): 27-33
Cholecystokinin (CCK) is structurally similar to gastrin and is known to competitively inhibit the action of gastrin on the parietal cell, but little information has been accumulated about circulating levels of CCK in patients with duodenal ulcer (DU). In a group of 18 healthy volunteers (controls) and 22 DU patients (13 with active DU, nine with inactive DU), we stimulated endogenous release of CCK with oral administration of Lipomul corn oil. Plasma concentrations of CCK were measured by radioimmunoassay; ultrasonographic measurements of gallbladder volume were used as a biologic correlate for CCK in control patients and in patients with active DU. No significant difference was found in fasting plasma concentrations of CCK between controls (107 +/- 8 pg/ml) and DU patients (123 +/- 15 pg/ml), or in their total integrated release of CCK during the first hour after Lipomul ingestion (3.7 +/- 0.7 ng-min/ml in controls, 2.8 +/- 0.4 ng-min/ml in DU patients). Furthermore, no significant difference was found in integrated release of CCK between patients with active DU (2.9 +/- 0.6 ng-min/ml) and those with inactive DU (2.8 +/- 0.6 ng-min/ml). Gallbladder volume was highly correlated with plasma concentrations of CCK in controls (r = -0.91) and in active DU patients (r = -0.98). Patients with active DU had significantly smaller volumes of their resting gallbladders, they emptied less of their resting gallbladder contents in response to fat, and they showed diminished sensitivity to endogenously released CCK compared to controls. In six patients with active DU who underwent truncal vagotomy and drainage, integrated release of CCK increased significantly, from 1.9 +/- 0.6 ng-min/ml before vagotomy to 9.3 +/- 3.0 ng-min/ml after vagotomy. We found no evidence to suggest that abnormalities in release of CCK contributes to the development of duodenal ulcers. We speculate, however, that the increased release of endogenous CCK after truncal vagotomy may possibly play an etiologic role in the syndrome of postvagotomy diarrhea.
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COMPARISON OF CHOLECYSTOKININ RELEASE AND GALLBLADDER EMPTYING IN MEN AND IN WOMEN AT ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE PHASES OF THE MENSTRUAL-CYCLE
1984; 95 (3): 284-289
Why are gallstones more common in women than in men? To investigate this, we measured gallbladder emptying (by ultrasonography) and release of endogenous cholecystokinin (CCK) (by specific radioimmunoassay) in eight men and nine women in response to ingestion of corn oil (1 gm/kg). Each woman was studied on the fourteenth and twenty-first day of her menstrual cycle, estimated to be the estrogen (women [E] ) and progesterone (women [P] ) peaks, respectively. Fasting plasma concentrations of CCK were significantly higher in women (E) (135 +/- 7 pg/ml) than in men (99 +/- 13 pg/ml) but not significantly higher than in women (P) (113 +/- 11 pg/ml). The peak increase in CCK concentration over basal concentration and the integrated release of CCK were not significantly different from one group to another. Men had a larger fasting gallbladder volume (GBV) (21.4 +/- 3.2 ml) than did women (E) (12.4 +/- 2.1 ml) and women (P) (14.2 +/- 2.1 ml) and emptied more GBV in response to fat than did the women. The residual GBV and fractional emptying after ingestion of corn oil were not different among the three groups. Measurements of plasma CCK and GBV during the contraction phase were highly correlated in all groups. It appears, from these data, that the increased prevalence of gallstones in women relative to men cannot be explained on the basis of significant differences either in release of CCK or in gallbladder motility. Linear regression lines that were developed indicated that the mean change in GBV relative to a given change in plasma CCK was significantly higher in men than in women. Differences between men and women in this hormonal-motility relationship may contribute to the incidence of gallstones in premenopausal women.
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EFFECT OF ALCOHOL ON THE RELEASE OF CHOLECYSTOKININ AND PANCREATIC-ENZYME SECRETION
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY
1984; 147 (1): 53-57
Ethanol is often implicated in the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis, but the pathophysiologic processes of alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis remains poorly understood. We found that ingestion of alcohol by healthy volunteers did not stimulate release of cholecystokinin, which is the chief hormonal stimulant of pancreatic enzyme secretion, nor did it significantly alter fasting levels of pancreatic polypeptide, a hormonal inhibitor of pancreatic enzyme secretion. In conscious dogs prepared with chronic pancreatic fistulas, direct intraduodenal instillation of ethanol significantly reduced pancreatic protein output, and this reduction corresponded to a decline in plasma concentrations of cholecystokinin that was similar in the percentage of diminution and in duration. These data suggest that, in patients who do not have chronic pancreatitis, alcohol does not induce acute pancreatitis, either by stimulating cholecystokinin release or by stimulating enzyme secretion directly.
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PHYSIOLOGIC ROLE OF CHOLECYSTOKININ IN THE INTESTINAL PHASE OF PANCREATIC-POLYPEPTIDE RELEASE
ANNALS OF SURGERY
1984; 200 (5): 600-604
Release of pancreatic polypeptide (PP) after a meal is biphasic, with an early transient peak believed to be under cholinergic control, and a secondary, prolonged intestinal phase thought to be mediated by hormones. Endogenous release of PP was stimulated by intraduodenal oleate (6.8 mmol/hr) or by intravenous administration of pure cholecystokinin-33 (CCK-33, 0.1 micrograms/kg/hr) in five dogs. Radioimmunoassay measurements of plasma concentrations of PP and CCK-33 were compared by linear regression analysis before and after vagotomy. Correlations between plasma concentrations of PP and CCK-33 before vagotomy (r = 0.83 [oleate], r = 0.97 [IV-CCK-33]) and after vagotomy (r = 0.92 [oleate], r = 0.92 [IV-CCK-33]) were highly significant. Changes in plasma concentrations of PP relative to a particular increment in plasma CCK-33 (before vagotomy) were similar, whether stimulated by oleate or by exogenous CCK-33. After vagotomy, less PP was released relative to a change in plasma CCK-33 (stimulated by oleate or by exogenous CCK-33), but the PP response relative to a change in plasma CCK-33 induced by the two stimuli remained remarkably similar. These results provide evidence that the intestinal phase of physiologic release of PP is mediated to a large extent through release of CCK.
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RELEASE OF CHOLECYSTOKININ IN CONSCIOUS DOGS - CORRELATION WITH SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENTS OF GALLBLADDER PRESSURE AND PANCREATIC PROTEIN SECRETION
1983; 85 (5): 1113-1119
We have used an antibody that cross-reacts with cholecystokinin-33/39 to measure cholecystokinin release into plasma; this release was correlated with simultaneous measurements of gallbladder pressure and pancreatic protein secretion in response to intestinal administration of fat. Nine conscious dogs were prepared with chronic gastric, pancreatic, and gallbladder fistulas. Plasma cholecystokinin, gallbladder pressure, and pancreatic protein output were measured simultaneously before, and at intervals during, a 2-h intraduodenal infusion of sodium oleate. This infusion resulted in significant (p less than 0.05) elevations of plasma cholecystokinin (from 64 +/- 7 to 181 +/- 27 pg/ml), in gallbladder pressure (from 13 +/- 1 to 27 +/- 3 cmH2O), and in pancreatic protein output (from 65 +/- 7 to 148 +/- 21 mg/15 min); all measurements are from the basal state to 120 min after the onset of duodenal perfusion. Plasma concentrations of cholecystokinin were significantly correlated with gallbladder pressure (r = 0.91, p less than 0.05) and pancreatic protein output (r = 0.84, p less than 0.05). These data provide evidence that release of endogenous cholecystokinin, as measured by radioimmunoassay, can be correlated with the classic biologic actions ascribed to cholecystokinin.
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CORRELATION OF RELEASE AND ACTIONS OF CHOLECYSTOKININ IN DOGS BEFORE AND AFTER VAGOTOMY
1983; 93 (6): 786-791
Pancreatic secretion of enzymes and gallbladder contraction in response to intestinal stimulants are thought to be mediated through the vagus nerve and by means of release of cholecystokinin (CCK). The effect of truncal vagotomy on the release of CCK, pancreatic protein secretion, and gallbladder pressure (all stimulated by intraduodenal instillation of oleate) was studied in five dogs. Each dog was prepared with chronic pancreatic and gastric fistulas and catheter cholecystostomies. Simultaneous measurements were made of plasma CCK (by radioimmunoassay), pancreatic protein secretion, and gallbladder pressure (by perfused catheter technique) before and during intraduodenal administration of oleate. Before truncal vagotomy, intraduodenal oleate caused increases in plasma CCK (from 82 +/- 6 to 208 +/- 32 pg/ml), pancreatic protein secretion (from 83 +/- 8 to 165 +/- 15 mg/15 min), and gallbladder pressure (from 11 +/- 2 to 27 +/- 2 cm H2O) (all measured from basal state to 120 minutes). Truncal vagotomy caused a 45% decrease in the output of pancreatic protein in response to oleate and completely abolished the increase in gallbladder pressure, but it caused no change in release of CCK. The correlations between plasma CCK and pancreatic protein secretion before truncal vagotomy (r = 0.86) and after truncal vagotomy (r = 0.77) were highly significant. The correlation between plasma CCK and gallbladder pressure was highly significant before (r = 0.91) but not after (r = 0.42) truncal vagotomy. This study demonstrates that truncal vagotomy inhibits pancreatic protein secretion and gallbladder pressure in response to fat but does not interfere with release of CCK. The effects may be due to interruption of vagus-mediated reflexes between the intestine and the pancreas and gallbladder. The good correlation between plasma concentrations of CCK and both pancreatic protein secretion and gallbladder pressure provides evidence that the radioimmunoassay measures biologically active CCK.
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View details for PubMedID 6857497
CORRELATION BETWEEN RELEASE OF CHOLECYSTOKININ AND CONTRACTION OF THE GALLBLADDER IN PATIENTS WITH GALLSTONES
ANNALS OF SURGERY
1982; 195 (5): 670-676
The role of endogenously released cholecystokinin (CCK) in mediating gallblader (GB) contraction was evaluated in 12 normal volunteers and 24 patients with gallstones (11 additional gallstone patients were excluded because of failure of adequate ultrasonographic visualization). CCK concentrations before and after oral administration of fat (Lipomul((R))) were measured by a specific radioimmunoassay. CCK release was correlated with changes in GB volume determined simultaneously by ultrasonography. On the basis of gallbladder contraction and operative findings, gallstone patients were divided into "contractors" (14), "noncontractors" (6), and "hydrops" (4). Lipomul caused prompt release of CCK in normal volunteers and all groups of gallstone patients. The changes (basal to peak) in plasma CCK (pg/ml) for the different groups were as follows: normal volunteers (108 +/- 9 to 200 +/- 16), contractors (77 +/- 10 to 128 +/- 13), noncontractors (59 +/- 7 to 159 +/- 38), and hydrops (43 +/- 5 to 113 +/- 47). The total integrated output of CCK (0-60 min) was greater in normal volunteers (3975 +/- 762 pg-min/ml) than in contractors (1530 +/- 567 pg-min/ml). Lipomul caused similar GB contraction in normal volunteers and contractors (from basal volumes to maximal contraction); these changes were from 19.5 +/- 2.3 ml to 5.6 +/- 1.0 ml in normal volunteers, and from 19.6 +/- 3.2 to 5.2 +/- 1.0 in contractors. Plasma concentrations of CCK and GB volume were highly correlated in the 12 normal volunteers (r = -0.89, p < 0.01) and in the 14 contractors (r= -0.99, p < 0.01)), but the GB was significantly (p < 0.01) more sensitive to changes in plasma CCK in the gallstone contractors than in the normal volunteers. The authors suggest that there may be two groups of gallstone patients, noncontractors and contractors. Stasis may be important in the pathogenesis of gallstones in the noncontractors, whereas in contractors, the authors speculate that an abnormality in the CCK-gallbladder relationship (characterized by diminished CCK release and increased GB sensitivity to CCK) may be involved in the evolution of the disease.
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PANCREATIC PROTEIN SECRETION AND GASTROINTESTINAL HORMONE-RELEASE IN RESPONSE TO PARENTERAL AMINO-ACIDS AND LIPID IN DOGS
1982; 92 (5): 902-905
Parenteral nutrition has been advocated for and used in clinical situations in which provision of calories without stimulation of pancreatic secretion is desired. A recent report, however, provided evidence for substantial stimulation of pancreatic secretion after parenteral administration of amino acids and fat. We have studied the effect of intravenous administration of crystalline amino acids and lipid on pancreatic protein secretion and release of gastrointestinal hormones in five dogs with chronic pancreatic fistulas. The amino acids were given as a 4.25% solution in 5% glucose at 2 gm/hr. Parenteral fat was administered as Intralipid 10% at 3.5 ml/kg/hr. Plasma concentrations of cholecystokinin (CCK) and pancreatic polypeptide (PP) and serum concentrations of gastrin, measured by radioimmunoassay, were determined before, and at intervals during, infusion of amino acids and fat. Pancreatic juice was collected simultaneously with blood sampling, and volume and protein output were measured. Basal concentrations of CCK, PP, and gastrin were not affected by intravenous infusion of amino acids. Pancreatic protein secretion and volume were also unaffected by parenteral amino acids. Parenteral infusion of fat resulted in a significant inhibition of integrated gastrin release but had no effect on plasma concentrations or integrated release of CCK or PP. Neither the volume nor protein output of pancreatic secretion was affected by intravenous fat administration. In summary, no stimulation of pancreatic secretion or release of CCK, PP, or gastrin occurred as a result of parenteral amino acid or fat administration. There is, therefore, no contraindication to the use of parenteral nutrition in situations in which it is desirable to keep the pancreas at rest.
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