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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Anatomy & Neurobiology

First Advisor

William Broaddus


Targeted drug delivery to the brain is difficult to achieve using conventional techniques, largely due to the blood-brain barrier’s (BBB) impediment to drug diffusion into the brain parenchyma. In response, development of convection-enhanced delivery (CED) offers the ability to circumvent the BBB and target specific areas of the brain. Predictability of infusate movement in pathological brain states during CED will maximize the effectiveness of this treatment, and therefore modeling of infusate movement must be characterized. Previous work from our lab effectively modeled CED in rats using the middle carotid artery occlusion model of cytotoxic edema. However, previous models examined for vasogenic edema study did not show pure vasogenic edema. The purpose of this study was to develop a model of pure vasogenic edema in the rat brain. In this study, we show that stereotactic 9 µL infusion of 1.0 mM DCA over 45 minutes into the rat corpus callosum reproducibly creates pure vasogenic edema, as observed in the peritumoral white matter surrounding gliomas.


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Date of Submission

August 2008