Gerda Elisabeth Villadsen

Passive elastic wall properties in isolated guinea pig small intestine

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The aim was to study and compare the passive biomechanical wall properties in the isolated duodenum and distal ileum of the guinea pig in vitro. The organ bath contained a Krebs-Ringer solution with 10(-2) M MgCl2 to abolish smooth muscle contractile activity. Stepwise inflation of an intraluminal balloon, in which the cross-sectional area (CSA) was measured, provided the distension stimulus. The circumferential wall tension-strain distributions and wall stiffness-strain relations were computed from steady-state values of these measurements in order to evaluate the passive elastic properties. The CSA always reached equilibrium within the 2-min distension period. The CSAs obtained in the distal ileum were higher than those in the duodenum (P <0.001). The basal CSA was 17.31 +/- 1.14 mm2 and 12.96 +/- 0.42 mm2 for the distal ileum and the duodenum, respectively (P <0.01). At a maximum pressure of 6 kPa, the CSA of the ileum was 56.63 +/- 1.81 mm2 and 36.86 +/- 1.76 mm2 for the duodenum (P <0.01). The circumferential wall tension-strain distributions showed an exponential behavior that accorded well with the equation Y = exp(a+bX) with determination coefficients of 0.96 +/- 0.01 and 0.99 +/- 0.00 in the duodenal segments in the distal ileal segments, respectively. The values of a (intercept with the y-axis) were 0.54 +/- 0.11 and -0.35 +/- 0.19 for the duodenal and ileal segments, respectively (P <0.001). The slope of the curves (b values) were 4.34 +/- 0.35 in the duodenal and 5.23 +/- 0.37 in the ileal segments (0.1 > P > 0.05).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Original languageEnglish
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Pages (from-to)976-82
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - May 1995

    Research areas

  • Animals, Biomechanics, Catheterization, Duodenum, Elasticity, Electric Impedance, Gastrointestinal Motility, Guinea Pigs, Ileum

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