The hypothesis was that orally moving pacesetter potentials distal to a site of jejunal transection and anastomosis would slow transit through jejunum containing them and that reoperation with excision of bowel containing these pacesetter potentials would restore transit to the control. In six conscious dogs with jejunal serosal electrodes for recording myoelectric activity and a jejunal perfusion/aspiration catheter for measuring transit, jejunal pacesetter potential frequency decreased distal to a midjejunal transection and anastomosis from 18.7 ± 0.3 (SE) cycles/min (cpm) proximal to the site to 14.4 ± 0.6 cpm distal to the site (P < 0.05). In addition, orally propagating pacesetter potentials occurred > 25% of the time in a 37 ± 7 cm length of bowel distal to the site during fasting and after feeding. Transit through the segment with the orally moving pacesetter potentials was slowed during feeding (half time before and after transection, 7.7 ± 1.1 and 13 ± 2.0 min, respectively, P < 0.05). Resection of the segment with the abnormal pacesetter potentials shortened the length of bowel containing them to 24 ± 2 cm (P > 0.05) and restored transit to the control. In conclusion, orally moving pacesetter potentials distal to a canine jejunal transection and anastomosis slowed transit through the segment of bowel containing them. Resection of the segment restored transit to the control.
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology|
|Issue number||6 31-6|
|State||Published - 1995|
- jejunal transit
- pacesetter potential