Morphological changes of hepatic microcirculation in experimental rat cirrhosis: A scanning electron microscopic study

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  • Joji Haratake M.D.,

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    1. Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Medicine, Kitakyushu, 807 Japan
    • Department of Pathology and Oncology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, 1–1 Iseigaoka, Yahatanishi-Ku, Kitakyushu, 807 Japan
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  • Masanori Hisaoka,

    1. Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Medicine, Kitakyushu, 807 Japan
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  • Osamu Yamamoto,

    1. Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Medicine, Kitakyushu, 807 Japan
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  • Akio Horie

    1. Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Medicine, Kitakyushu, 807 Japan
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Abstract

Morphological changes of hepatic microcirculation, especially peribiliary plexus, in experimental rat cirrhosis that resulted from the repeated intraperitoneal injections of N-diethylnitrosamine, 100 mg/kg body weight/one shot/week, were examined by scanning electron microscope. Control rats were treated with saline. Whole blood vessels of the rats were perfused by saline and stuffed with methylmethacrylated resin. Multiple nodular changes were seen in the livers after the five injections (5 wk) of N-diethylnitrosamine, and diffuse nodular transformations mimicking human cirrhosis after six injections (6 wk) were also seen. Overall changes in experimental rats were numerous vascular channels mainly composed of venous branches around the parenchymal nodules, increased arterioportal anastomoses and flattening of veins, especially hepatic vein branches. Peribiliary plexuses of the experimental rats were much richer in the vessels than those of the controls, and many dilated veins, ramified from portal vein branches, were present in the former. Direct connections between peribiliary plexuses and sinusoids or between peribiliary plexuses and portal veins increased in the experimental rats. Studies concerning microcirculatory changes of peribiliary plexuses in experimental rat cirrhosis are rare. It was concluded that the abnormal peribiliary plexuses in this experimental series might participate in a collateral circulation under a state of portal hypertension. (HEPATOLOGY 1991;13:952–956).

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