Aims: This study was to investigate the effect of gastric electrical stimulation (GES) with short pulses, long pulses, short-pulse trains or long-pulse trains on gastric dysrhythmia and motion-sickness signs induced by vasopressin. Methods: Seven male beagle dogs implanted with four pairs of electrodes on gastric serosa were studied. The study was performed in six sessions in a randomized order. In session 1 or 2, either saline or vasopressin was infused without GES. In session 3, 4, 5 and 6, GES with short pulses, long pulses, trains of short pulses or trains of long pulses was performed before and during vasopressin infusion. Gastric slow waves and motion-sickness signs were recorded in each session. Results: (1) Vasopressin induced gastric dysrhythmia and motion sickness-like signs (ANOVA, P < 0.001). (2) GES with short pulses or trains of short pulses was capable of preventing vasopressin-induced emetic response (P < 0.001), but did not normalize gastric dysrhythmia. (3) GES with long pulses or trains of long pulses was able to normalize gastric dysrhythmia induced by vasopressin (P < 0.001), but showed no effects on vasopressin-induced motion-sickness signs. Conclusion: GES with short pulses or trains of short pulses prevents vasopressin-induced emetic response with no improvement in gastric dysrhythmia. GES with long pulses or trains of long pulses normalizes gastric dysrhythmia induced by vasopressin with no effects on signs.
- Gastric dysrhythmia
- Gastric electrical stimulation
- Gastric slow waves
- Gastrointestinal motility
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