Function and Importance of the RES during Perfusion of the Liver

  • W. E. Zimmermann
  • K. H. Rehfeld
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 15)


Conservation of the liver and maintaining the integrity of the RES cells becomes of particular importance in temporary extracorporal homologous or heterologous liver substitution in the treatment of hepatic coma and in bridging rejection crises after transplantation of organs. Since the success of the given therapeutic possibilities depends largely on the function of the RES cells and particularly on their detoxicating properties, we have set ourselves the task of investigating the phagocytic activity of the RES cells in the liver during conservation and prolonged perfusion.


Phagocytic Activity Reticuloendothelial System Perfusion Medium Hepatic Coma Phagocytic Index 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. E. Zimmermann
    • 1
  • K. H. Rehfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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