Donor Pretreatment With Hypertonic Saline Attenuates Primary Allograft Dysfunction: A Pilot Study in a Porcine Model Academic Article uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Hypertonic saline (HTS) has been previously demonstrated to have immune modulatory and vascular protective effects. We assessed the effect of donor pretreatment with HTS on allograft preservation in a porcine model of orthotopic heart transplantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Orthotopic transplants were performed after 6 hours of cold static allograft storage. Donor pigs were randomly assigned to pretreatment with (n=7) or without (n=6) HTS (4.5 mL/kg of 7.5% NaCl) administered 1 hour before donor heart arrest. Administration of HTS increased serum sodium level from 138+/-2 mmol/L to 154+/-4 mmol/L, which normalized to 144+/-3 mmol/L 1 hour after infusion. Successful weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass was significantly greater in HTS-treated hearts (6/7 vs 1/6; P=0.029). Preload recruitable stroke work after transplantation was improved compared to control (88+/-21% vs 35+/-8% of baseline; P=0.0001). Similarly, end-systolic elastance was improved compared to control (85+/-17% vs 42+/-12% of baseline; P=0.0002). Posttransplantation systolic blood pressure was significantly higher in the donor HTS group (60+/-9 mm Hg vs 35+/-6 mm Hg; P=0.04). Donor HTS treatment improved coronary artery endothelial-dependent vasorelaxation compared with control (Emax: HTS, 59+/-4%; control, 47+/-3%; P=0.04). HTS also resulted in improved endothelial-independent vasorelaxation compared with control (Emax: HTS, 71+/-3%; control, 59+/-4%; P=0.03; ED-50: HTS, 0.56x10 to 6+/-0.23 mol/L; control, 2.5x10 to 6+/-1.0 mol/L; P=0.04). Sensitivity to endothelin-1-induced vasospasm was reduced with HTS pretreatment (% maximum contraction [Cmax]: HTS, 338+/-15%; control, 419+/-40%; P=0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Donor HTS pretreatment attenuates posttransplantation cardiac allograft myocardial dysfunction, improves posttransplantation systemic hemodynamic function, and preserves posttransplantation cardiac allograft vascular function. HTS may be a novel organ donor intervention to prevent primary graft dysfunction.


  • Badiwala, MV
  • Ramzy, D
  • Tumiati, LC
  • Tepperman, Elissa
  • Sheshgiri, R
  • Prodger, JL
  • Feindel, CM
  • Rao, V

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  • September 15, 2009

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