BACKGROUND: Brain death donors are frequently used for transplantation. Previous studies showed that brain death (BD) negatively affects the immunological and inflammatory status of both liver and kidney. Because the intestine is increasingly used as a donor organ and no information on effects of BD on small intestine is available we performed this study. METHODS: We studied the inflammatory and apoptotic changes in donor intestine after BD induction. Brain death was induced in rats by infla...Expand abstract
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Brain death induces inflammation in the donor intestine.
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