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Open Access Latissimus Dorsi Cardiomyoplasty: A Chronic Experimental Porcine Model. Feasibility Study of Cardiomyoplasty in Danish Landrace Pigs and Göttingen Minipigs

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Cardiomyoplasty is an experimental treatment for end-stage heart failure. We hypothesized that the porcine latissimus dorsi muscle (LDM) in an experimental porcine model is a suitable surrogate for a clinically relevant evaluation of this concept. Fourteen Danish Landrace (DL) pigs and six Göttingen minipigs (GM) were studied. The LDM was evaluated immediately after surgical dissection and in various phases: phase 1 (n = 4)—outcome of a partial vascular isolation (vascular delay), 2 to 3 weeks prior to heart wrapping in DL pigs; phase 2 (n = 6)—long-term flap survival of nonstimulated LDM cardiomyoplasty in DL pigs; phase 3 (n = 6)—outcome of nonstimulated cardiomyoplasty in GM; phase 4—one DL pig had dynamic cardiomyoplasty performed and was subjected to low-intensity LDM stimulation for 8 months.

Isolation of the LDM of DL pigs and GM as a pedicled graft had no acute deleterious impact on the global blood supply. In phase 1a, partial vascular isolation and in situ recovery of the LDM resulted in a muscle encapsulated in fibrotic tissue, which hampered a later heart wrap. In phase 1b, a less extensive dissection diminished fibrosis and allowed subsequent wrapping. In phase 2, after 6 weeks of nonstimulated LDM cardiomyoplasty, the LDM of DL pigs was viable, with excellent heart-muscle integration. In phase 3, the same procedure applied in GM yielded the same result as that in DL pigs, but with a higher success rate owing to the learning phase.

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Affiliations: 1: Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Skejby Sygehus, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, Institute of Experimental Clinical Research, Skejby Sygehus, Denmark 2: Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Institute of Experimental Clinical Research, Skejby Sygehus, Denmark 3: Institute of Pathology, Aarhus Kommunehospital, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark 4: Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Denmark

Publication date: 1998-10-01

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