Rat jejunal absorptive function after intestinal transplantation - Effects of extrinsic denervation

Daniel H. Teitelbaum, Roberta E. Sonnino, David J. Dunaway, Gianna Stellin, Richard P. Harmel

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Jejunal absorptive function was evaluated following small intestinal transplantation to determine the effects of extrinsic denervation. In particular, water and sodium absorption were measured following transplantation (denervated) and compared to a control group (Thiry-Vella). Water flow was initially secretory two days after transplantation (-41±27 μl/min/g dry tissue weight) but became absorptive at day 8 (25±25). Water flow in the Thiry-Vella group was not significantly different (P>0.05) from the transplant group at days 8 (17±7) and 10 (47±42). Sodium flows were also initially secretory in the transplant group and became absorptive. This study refutes previous claims that small bowel transplants have a deficiency of water absorption due to extrinsic denervation of the bowel and suggests normal absorptive function of water, electrolytes, and protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1099-1104
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive diseases and sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1993


  • albumin absorption
  • denervation
  • intestinal transplantation
  • sodium absorption
  • water absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology


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