Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 347, Issue 3, pp 223–234 | Cite as

Renal blood flow after temporary ischemia of rat kidneys

Renal venous outflow and clearance techniques
  • Georg M. Eisenbach
  • Barbara Kitzlinger
  • Michael Steinhausen


Total renal blood flow (RBF-dir) and total renal resistance were determined in acutely uninephrectomized rats by measuring the renal venous outflow after catheterizing the renal vein. Renal vein catheterization and the procedure involved caused an initial fall in C-IN and C-PAH followed by a steady level over an experimental period of 2–3 h. Absolute and fractional water excretion increased approx. 9-fold during that time. Mean RBF-dir was 14.2±0.67 (N=13) ml/min×kg BW×1 kidney. In another series of animals acute renal damage was induced by subjecting the kidneys to a 60 min period of temporary ischemia 3 days prior to use. RBF-dir decreased 10%, total renal resistance increased 11%, neither parameter being significantly different from controls. The clearance of inulin and PAH, the extraction ratio of PAH, and the urine flow rate were depressed to about 10% of control (P<0.001). A considerable discrepancy was found between data obtained by clearance methods and RBF-dir after ischemia: The ratio RPF-PAH/RPF-dir was 1.05 under control conditions and was significantly depressed to 0.47 (P<0.005) after ischemia.—These results indicate that a general increase in resistance of the vasa afferentia alone cannot be responsible for the oliguric phase. At least two important factors are involved in the cause of oliguria 3 days after temporary ischemia: Backdiffusion of tubular fluid through the damaged tubular epithelium and a decrease in GFR.—Clearance methods are not considered to be reliable determinants of GFR and RPF in renal failure after temporary ischemia.

Key words

Kidney Renal Blood Flow Acute Renal Failure Renal Resistance Clearance Techniques Renal Venous Outflow Temporary Ischemia of the Kidney 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg M. Eisenbach
    • 1
  • Barbara Kitzlinger
    • 1
  • Michael Steinhausen
    • 1
  1. 1.I. Physiologisches Institut der Universität HeidelbergGermany

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