Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 543–555 | Cite as

“Artificial Lymphatic System”: A New Approach to Reduce Interstitial Hypertension and Increase Blood Flow, pH and pO2 in Solid Tumors

  • Gene R. DiResta
  • Jongbin Lee
  • John H. Healey
  • Andrey Levchenko
  • Steven M. Larson
  • Ehud Arbit


A mechanical drainage system, the “artificial lymphatic system” (ALS), consisting of a vacuum source and drain, is evaluated for its ability to aspirate the interstitial fluids responsible for the elevated interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) observed in solid tumors. IFP, pH, and pO2 radial profiles were measured before and after aspiration using wick-in-needle (WIN) probes, needle pH and oxygen electrodes, respectively. Laser Doppler flowmetry measured temporal changes in blood flow rate (BFR) at the tumor surface during aspiration. The WIN probe and IFP profile data were analyzed using numerical simulation and distributed mathematical models, respectively. The model parameter, pE reflecting central tumor IFP, was reduced from 15.3 to 5.7 mm Hg in neuroblastoma and from 13.3 to 12.1 mm Hg in Walker 256, respectively, following aspiration. The simulation demonstrated that spatial averaging inherent in WIN measurements reduced the calculated magnitude of the model parameter changes. IFP was significantly lower (p < 0.05), especially in regions surrounding the drain, and BFR was significantly higher (p < 0.05) following 25 and 45 min of aspiration, respectively; pH and pO2 profiles increased following aspiration. The experimental and mathematical findings suggest that ALS aspiration may be a viable way of reducing IFP and increasing BFR, pO2 and pH and should enhance solid tumor chemo and radiation therapy. © 2000 Biomedical Engineering Society.

PAC00: 8719Tt, 8715Vv, 8719Uv, 8780-y, 8719Xx

Interstitial fluid pressure Artificial lymphatic system Walker 256 mammary carcinoma Monoclonal antibody 3F8 NMB-7 neuroblastoma Tumor blood flow pH and pO2


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gene R. DiResta
    • 1
  • Jongbin Lee
    • 2
  • John H. Healey
    • 1
  • Andrey Levchenko
    • 2
  • Steven M. Larson
    • 2
  • Ehud Arbit
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Surgery/Orthopaedic ServiceMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center'sUSA
  2. 2.Nuclear Medicine Research LaboratoryMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew York
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryStaten Island University Medical Center'sNew York

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