Journal article

CAFFEINE POTENTIATION OF MEFENAMIC ACID-INDUCED LESIONS IN THE RAT RENAL MEDULLA

TD HEWITSON, PJC DECRESPIGNY, P KINCAIDSMITH

JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 1991

Abstract

The effect of caffeine given in combination with mefenamic acid on the renal medulla was examined. Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups and gavage fed either vehicle suspension (control), mefenamic acid, mefenamic acid+caffeine or caffeine only for 4 months. Renal tissue taken from the corticomedullary junction was processed for electron microscopy. Ultrathin sections were cut after identification of vasa rectae on survey sections. On subsequent morphometric analysis, percentage interstitial tissue was calculated from the total area of vasa recta less the non-interstitial tissue. The median percentage of interstitial tissue in the mefenamic acid and caffeine group was 41 (range ..

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