Infusions of neurotensin increase ileal secretion in experimental animals, and the volume of ileal effluent in patients with ileostomies. The aim of the present study was to determine whether normal postprandial plasma concentrations of neurotensin increase the volume of fluid leaving the ileum. Basal and peak postprandial plasma neurotensin concentrations were 23 (17-36) and 39 (25-43) pmol/l (median and range) respectively in five subjects with ileostomies and 15 (3-27) and 32 (15-82) pmol/l respectively in nine normal subjects. Infusion of neurotensin for 30 min at a rate of 6.3 pmol/kg/min into six patients with ileostomies increased ileostomy output about 10-fold, and produced a significant decrease in the concentration of solid material, but plasma neurotensin concentrations rose to 237 (82-422) pmol/l during infusion at this rate. Infusion of neurotensin at 2.3 pmol/kg/min, producing plasma levels of 60 (16-108), had no significant effect the amount or nature of ileostomy effluent. We conclude that normal postprandial plasma concentrations of neurotensin are unlikely to influence the volume of fluid leaving the ileum.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Mar 1990|
- Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
- Infusions, Intravenous
- Middle Aged