The effects of the prostaglandin system on renal hemodynamics were studied by treating rats with a single intraperitoneal dose of indomethacin, an inhibitor of prostaglandin synthesis. Medullary plasma flow was significantly reduced 30-45 minutes after indomethacin, but was elevated 3-6 hours after indomethacin. These changes in medullary plasma flow correlated well with circulating levels of prostaglandins A and E. Total renal blood flow decreased following indomethacin treatment, but returned to normal levels within an hour. These results indicate that the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis following a single intraperitoneal dose of indomethacin is short-lived and is followed by a significant elevation in prostaglandin synthesis. It is likely that prostaglandin levels play an important role in the control of renal medullary plasma flow.
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