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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-152

Time delay of microdialysis in vitro

1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Third Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou, China
2 Department of Anesthesiology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China
3 Department of Cardiac Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Correspondence Address:
Jian Rong
Department of Anesthesiology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat Sen University, 58 2nd Zhongshan Road, Guangzhou 510000
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Source of Support: The study was finacially supported by the Guangdong Natural Science Foundation No. 10451008901005515., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.107540

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Background : Microdialysis is a specific and local sampling method to collect free molecules from the extracellular fluid, however, there are no reports on time delay issues of microdialysis applications. Aims : This study was to check the time gap between the start of target molecule changes in detected fluid and corresponding stable concentration formation in the sampled dialysate. Materials and Methods : A designated microdialysis system for free calcium ion was set up in vitro and perfused with saline. The dialysate was diluted synchronously, and collected in a vial every 10 min. The free calcium concentration [Ca++] of the sample was measured by an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. A signal-switching method was introduced to mimic the target molecule [Ca++] changes in the detected fluid, standard calcium solution and saline. Results : There was a notable lag in dialysates [Ca++] for both uprising and down going course in spite of instant switching between the detected fluids. The recovery time (RT) of the microdialysis system was extrapolated to be 20 min for [Ca++] detection. Conclusions : With 10 min sampling interval, [Ca++] time delay of the microdialysis system existed, and could not be estimated precisely beforehand. The signal-switching method was applicable for RT calibration in vitro with a dedicated microdialysis system.

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