• Although many experimental studies have been made to determine the total hepatic blood flow in steady circulatory states, very few have been done in unsteady states of either circulatory overload or underload. In this experiment, a comparison is made between total hepatic blood flow measured by the single injection of indocyanine green and the electromagnetic flow methods in the dog, in which circulatory overload was induced by dextran 40 infusion. While there was close correlation between the values obtained by the two methods in normal dogs, following dextran infusion the indirect indocyanine green method overestimated hepatic blood flow by 40% to 60%, using the electromagnetic method as a comparison standard. The reason for this discrepancy is not elucidated by these studies.
(Arch Surg 113:169-172, 1978)