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Hansjörg Scherberger & Ortwin Leder

A planar model of hepatic blood flow potential

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Abstract

We present a two-dimensional model of hepatic blood flow potential that takes afferent and efferent venous vessels and the sinusoidal capillary network into account. Congruent equilateral triangles were chosen as units. Planar patterns of such triangles can be interpreted in terms of the classical hexagonal liver lobule, a complementary bile lobule, and of Rappaport’s acinus. Model assumptions include a fixed terminal portal and hepatic venous reassure and a fixed distribution of flow conductivity inside the planar unit. Simulated pressure potentials differed substantially for the physiologic condition and for liver congestion. The model corresponds to the planar distribution of glucose-6-phosphatase activity and demonstrates an intimate relationship between hepatic microcirculation and metabolic heterogeneity. Furthermore, in simulations of liver congestion, predicted alterations of intralobular pressure reflected changes of liver morphology, thus suggesting a causal association between both processes.

Keywords : simulation, functional heterogeneity, blood circulation, liver congestion

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Hansjörg Scherberger & Ortwin Leder, «A planar model of hepatic blood flow potential», Acta Stereologica [En ligne], Volume 17 (1998), Number 3 - Dec. 1998, 343-352 URL : https://popups.ulg.ac.be/0351-580x/index.php?id=331.

About: Hansjörg Scherberger

Anatomisches Institut II der Universität Freiburg, Albertstr. 17, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany; Dept. of Neurology, Vestibular Lab., Zürich University Hospitals, CH-8091 Zürich, Switzerland

About: Ortwin Leder

Anatomisches Institut II der Universität Freiburg, Albertstr. 17, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany