Intestinal lengthening using a gastric graft: experimental study in pigs

Paulo Henrique Fogaça de Barros Fernando Levino Pereira Eduardo Sauerbronn Gouvêa André de Moricz Tércio de Campos Luiz Arnaldo Szutan André Ibrahim David About the authors

OBJECTIVE: Novel experimental technique of intestinal lengthening with a gastric graft in swines is proposed. METHODS: Four male large white swines, weighing 15 to 20 kg and aging 50 to 60 days were underwent an intestinal lengthening using a gastric graft (Figure 1). Swines were re-operated to check the aspect of the lengthening surgery. At this time intestinal fragments of suture lines, respecting a 5 cm margin, were removed and sent to histological analysis. RESULTS: There wasn't any graft ischemia or necrosis, residual stomach was already dilated by the time of relaparotomies, regaining 50% of its original size. Only an intense atrophy of the gastric graft mucosa with no signs of necrosis at histological study (Figure 2). CONCLUSION: Lengthening using a gastric graft is technically feasible, with viability of the graft. Studies with swines with SBS in a larger co-hort will be necessary to analyze stomach graft function. In the future, this technique can be a bridge to intestinal transplantation.

Intestine; Stomach; Bioprosthesis; Swine

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