Intratympanic Dexamethasone on Cochlear Blood Flow in Guinea Pigs
To determine the effect of intratympanically delivered dexamethasone on cochlear blood flow. 29 white Hartly guinea pigs were divided into 2 groups. By laser Doppler flowmeter, baseline data were recorded in the first 15–20 min, followed by 20 min’ recording after applying dexamethasone or normal saline, with a record of flow every 5 min in 2 groups. Friedman Test was used to test the change of blood flow in these four timing. There were no significant changes of blood flow after injecting dexamethasone (p = .18 > .05) and normal saline (p = .93 > .05). The effects of dexamethasone on cochlear blood flow were variable and not significant. The following research would be designed under pathological conditions, such as cochlear ischemia, to show the possible mechanism of dexamethasone for specific inner ear disease. Level of evidence: 3a (SR of case–control studies).
KeywordsSteroids Microcirculation Round window Laser Doppler flowmeter
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