Evaluation the effects of Eucalyptus essential oil and hypertonic saline as scolicidal agents in induction of sclerosing cholangitis in rabbits
Seyed Vahid Hosseini1, Maytham Hameed Al-Qanbar2, Hajar Khazraei1, Shahin Khodaei1, Maral Mokhtari3, Pooya Iranpour4
1 Colorectal Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2 Kufa Univerisity of Medical Sciences, Kufa, Iraq
3 Department of Pathology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
4 Department of Radiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
|Date of Submission||21-Sep-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||08-Jan-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||28-Feb-2020|
Dr. Hajar Khazraei
Colorectal Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Background: There are several scolicidal agents for inactivation of hydatid cyst protoscolices during surgery, but most of them are associated with adverse side effects such as sclerosing cholangitis (SC) and liver necrosis. The present study aimed to evaluate the adverse effects of Eucalyptus essential oil to induce SC in animal models. Materials and Methods: Eighteen rabbits weighting 2000–3500 g were included in three groups for this study. About 0.3 ml of Eucalyptus essential oil (1%), or 5% hypertonic saline, or normal saline was injected for 5 min in the gallbladder. After 4 months, the liver, common bile duct, and duodenum were resected and immediately sent for cholangiography and pathologic studies. Results: According to pathological studies, inflammation is more common in Eucalyptus and hypertonic saline groups. Due to cholangiographic studies, stricture was slightly higher in the hypertonic saline group than the Eucalyptus group. Conclusion: Thus, 1% Eucalyptus essential oil is at least as safe as 5% hypertonic saline, but for clinical uses, it must be confirmed with further studies.
Keywords: Eucalyptus essential oil, sclerosing cholangitis, scolicidal agents
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Hosseini SV, Al-Qanbar MH, Khazraei H, Khodaei S, Mokhtari M, Iranpour P. Evaluation the effects of Eucalyptus essential oil and hypertonic saline as scolicidal agents in induction of sclerosing cholangitis in rabbits. Adv Biomed Res 2020;9:9
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Hosseini SV, Al-Qanbar MH, Khazraei H, Khodaei S, Mokhtari M, Iranpour P. Evaluation the effects of Eucalyptus essential oil and hypertonic saline as scolicidal agents in induction of sclerosing cholangitis in rabbits. Adv Biomed Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 19];9:9. Available from: https://www.advbiores.net/text.asp?2020/9/1/9/279733
| Introduction|| |
The hydatid cyst is caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus. The normal habitant of the mature stage of E. granulosus is the small intestine of the dog. Sheep is the usual intermediate host harboring the cystic larval form of this tapeworm. Human is the accidental intermediate host. The most important sheep breeding countries, for example, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, are in extreme risk for the hydatid cyst infection. About 75% of all hydatid cysts in humans are found in the liver.
Hydatid disease is a major health disorder, which is symptomatic in many patients. Hydatid disease can be seen in any organ of the human body, but the liver and lung are the main sites of parasitic infection., There is a high incidence of accidental diagnosis of liver hydatid disease. Several studies have been performed on liver hydatid disease diagnosis and treatment. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment of hepatic echinococcosis either by traditional opened surgery or recently by laparoscopic management of the liver hydatid cyst. It is important to control the load of parasites before the surgery, so, in some studies, albendazole had been administered before and after the surgery., The most common surgical procedure is evacuation of the cyst and instillation of scolicidal agent into the cyst cavity to sterilize it and to prevent its spread. Thus, it is important to control parasitic insemination during surgery. Many surgeons use scolicidal agents to prevent parasitic insemination during surgery.
Several scolicidal agents, such as Savlon, hypertonic saline, silver nitrate, chlorhexidine, formaldehyde, ethyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, mebendazole, albendazole, Eucalyptus globulus, Mesobuthus eupeus venom, and Betadine have been practiced throughout the world, and many of them have been abandoned due to early and late complications.,,,
Our routine surgical approach for the treatment of hydatid cyst infection is evacuation of the cyst and instillation of 5% hypertonic saline which is the most common surgical procedure in the treatment of hepatic hydatid cyst. One of the most frequent late complications after evacuation of the cyst and instillation of various scolicidal agents is sclerosing cholangitis (SC), which is a lethal outcome. There are some investigations on the incidence of this complication after administration of various agents., Other studies showed that 4 months is good enough for the development of SC., We compared the incidence of SC following injection of 5% hypertonic saline, Eucalyptus essential oil (it is experimentally approved as a scolicidal agent in our previous study), and normal saline 0.9% transhepatically into the gallbladder of the rabbits.
| Materials and Methods|| |
This study approved by the ethical and operative principles of laboratory animal care of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The Ethics Committee of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences approved the study (IR. SUMS. REC. 1397.448).
Formalin, Tween 80 (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany), ketamine, and xylazine 2% (Alfasan, Woerden, The Netherlands) were used. Eucalyptus essential oil (Barij Essence Co., Kashan, Iran) and hypertonic saline 5% (Shahid Ghazi Co., Tabriz, Iran) were also used in our study.
Eucalyptus essential oil preparation
Essential oil by 100% purity was purchased from Barij Essence Company and diluted by distilled water and Tween 80 to make a 1% suspension of Eucalyptus essential oil. The amount of Tween 80 for this dilution was <0.1% that was safe for biological systems.
Eighteen male/female Dutch rabbits weighting 2000–3500 g were randomly divided into three equal groups. All rabbits were anesthetized with intramuscular injection of 44 mg/kg of ketamine and 8 mg/kg xylazine. In supine position, the right upper quadrant of the abdomen was incised and the common bile duct was clamped. Then, transhepatic injection of scolicidal agent to the gallbladder was performed with a 27G needle, and clamp was opened after 5 min. Fascia and skin were closed in two layers. About 0.3 ml of Eucalyptus essential oil (1%) was injected into common bile duct as scolicidal agent in the first group, 0.3 ml of 20% hypertonic saline in the second group, and 0.3 ml of normal saline as a control group. After 4 months, the rabbits were euthanized by a high dosage of chloroform inhalation. Following immediate autopsy, the liver, common bile duct, and duodenum were resected and immediately sent for cholangiographic study. After clamping of the ampulla of the common bile duct, 1 ml of 50% diluted contrast (76% of meglumine compound, Darupakhsh Co., Tehran, Iran) was injected into the gallbladder and X-ray was taken. Cholangiograms were scored none, mild, moderate, or severe SC. Then, the specimens were placed in 10% buffered formalin and sent for histopathology evaluation. Hepatocyte injury was morphologically assessed. Confluent necrosis, interface hepatitis, portal inflammation, bile duct damage, and fibrosis were independently scored. We used a semi-qualitative scoring system according to the importance of each pathological finding: absent (0), mild (+), moderate (++), and severe (+++). Both pathologists and radiologists were blind to the drugs administered.
| Results|| |
Three rabbits died during the 1st week excluded from the study postoperation that one of them was from hypertonic saline and two of them were from the Eucalyptus oil group.
The scoring system was according to the intrahepatic and extrahepatic cholangiographic findings. Depending on cholangiographic findings, no visible abnormalities were shown with Score 0, normal or minimal caliber of bile ducts with multiple strictures was exhibited with Score 1, secular dilation and segmental stricture were demonstrated with Score 2 which is shown in [Figure 1], focal segmental irregularity and dilation of bile ducts were compatible with Score 3 as shown in [Figure 2], and severe irregularity and narrowing of the bile ducts were compatible with Score 4 as shown in [Figure 3].
|Figure 1: Mild narrowing and irregularity of the central intrahepatic bile ducts, compatible with Score 2|
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|Figure 2: Focal segmental irregularity and dilation of the bile ducts, compatible with Score 3|
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|Figure 3: Severe irregularity and narrowing of the bile ducts, compatible with Score 4|
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Forty percent of the rabbits in the hypertonic saline group and 33% in the Eucalyptus group developed radiological findings in favor of SC [Table 1].
According to histological study, all cases in the Eucalyptus and hypertonic saline groups had some findings in favor of early stages of SC [Table 2]. There was no fibrosis in both the groups. Portal inflammation was observed in nearly all of the rabbits. Histological pictures are shown in [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6], [Figure 7].
|Figure 5: Moderate portal inflammation and bile duct damage, hypertonic solution group H and E, ×200|
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|Figure 6: (a and b) Moderate portal inflammation, interface hepatitis, and bile duct damage, H and E, ×200 and × 400, respectively|
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|Figure 7: Mild portal inflammation and focal spotty necrosis and bile duct damage, Eucalyptus 1% group H and E, ×200|
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For statistical analysis, we used a semi-qualitative scoring system according to the importance of each pathological finding: absent (0), mild (+), moderate (++), and severe (+++).
In the Eucalyptus essential oil (1%) group, mild bile duct damage was seen in three rabbits, and in the hypertonic saline group, mild bile duct damage was seen in four rabbits. Two rabbits had moderate portal inflammation, and two had mild portal inflammation in the Eucalyptus essential oil (1%) group, and in the 5% hypertonic saline group, three rabbits had mild portal inflammation and one had moderate portal inflammation. One rabbit had a mild interface in the Eucalyptus essential oil (1%) group.
| Discussion|| |
Hydatid disease is a common worldwide problem, which is endemic in developing countries, especially in the Middle East., Surgery is the best choice of treatment of hepatic hydatid disease, either by traditional open surgery or laparoscopic approach. Partial hydatid cystectomy, evacuation of the contents, instillation of scolicidal agents, and filling the cavity with greater omentum are the most routine procedures for the treatment of hepatic hydatid disease. There is an important role for scolicidal agents to prevent echinococcus scolices contamination during the surgery and reduce the chance of recurrence of Hydatid cysts.
There are many studies on scolicidal agents. Due to the side effects of most of scolicidal agents and efficacy, hypertonic saline solution (20%) is the most accepted scolicidal agent that is used nowadays. Based on some studies, hypertonic saline solution can cause SC. In our previous study, Eucalyptus essential oil (0.5%, 1%, and 0.1%) had scolicidal effect, and Eucalyptus essential oil 1% had the best efficacy.
Secondary SC is one of the most feared postoperation complications. Some surgeons hypothesized that periductal abscess and surgical biliary tree trauma were the main causes of secondary SC, but studies mention that scolicidal agent which is used during surgical intervention is the most effective cause of secondary SC., Therefore, several studies were performed on the best effective scolicidal agent that has the lowest risk for postoperation SC.,,,,,,,,,,
Many of hydatid cysts have connection to biliary trees, also called cystobiliary fistula, so it is important that scolicidal agents do not cause SC.
In cystobiliary fistula and unusual color of cyst fluid, hypertonic saline and silver nitrate should not be used.,, In our experiment, the scolicidal solutions were directly injected into the gallbladder and the common bile duct was clamped for 5 min. Histological examination showed that both 5% hypertonic saline and 1% Eucalyptus essential oil cause intra- and extrahepatic bile duct damage and portal inflammation. However, in the control group that was treated by normal saline solution, no bile duct injury or portal inflammation was seen. Thus, both 5% hypertonic saline and 1% Eucalyptus essential oil may induce SC in long term.
Our cholangiographic result showed that both 5% hypertonic saline and 1% Eucalyptus essential oil can cause some degrees of bile duct stenosis; however, two cases in the 5% hypertonic saline group developed with severe bile duct stenosis. As shown in pathological study, most cases of the normal saline group remained normal in the cholangiographic study, so cholangiographic study data of bile duct damage are the same as pathological data.
Although the pathogenesis of SC and relation between scolicidal agents with SC is not completely known, immunologic reaction seems to have a major role in this process. Nowadays, it has been shown that direct exposure of many scolicidal agents to bile ducts is one of the main causes of SC. Some animal studies, such as the one performed by Houry et al., showed that 5% hypertonic saline solution had no or minimal effect on inducing SC, but our study showed that 5% hypertonic solution caused some bile duct damage and could cause SC in long term. Furthermore, our previous animal study supported our new results and showed that 5% hypertonic saline could cause SC in long term.
Therefore, both 1% Eucalyptus essential oil and 10% hypertonic saline can potentially produce SC and must not be used as scolicidal agent in cases with ductobiliary fistula. We showed that the effect of 1% Eucalyptus essential oil was almost like 5% hypertonic saline. Since hypertonic saline is routinely used as scolicidal agent, 1% Eucalyptus essential oil could be an acceptable scolicidal agent which can be used during hydatid cyst evacuation operation. For the use of 1% Eucalyptus essential oil solution in human studies, further quantitative and qualitative studies are recommended.
| Conclusion|| |
According to histological study, all cases in the Eucalyptus and hypertonic saline groups had some findings in favor of early stages of SC. Furthermore, when the cyst has a connection with the biliary tree, the usage of 1% Eucalyptus essential oil and 5% hypertonic saline should be avoided, due to the risk of SC.
We thank the RCC center in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for English editing of the manuscript.
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