Effects of glycerol on sodium and potassium concentrations in guinea pig perilymph.Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1981; 230(2):177-80.AO
Serum, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), scala vestibuli perilymph, and scala tympani perilymph were collected from 85 normal guinea pigs both before and after i.v. administration of glycerol (1 ml/kg), and the sodium and potassium concentrations were assessed using a microflame photometer. Marked increases in sodium concentrations were observed in scala tympani perilymph and CSF, while there was a slight decrease in the serum and there was no significant change in scala vestibuli perilymph. These increases in sodium concentrations are considered to occur in the dehydration process in the body fluids mentioned above. On the other hand, increase in the potassium concentrations was found only in scala vestibuli perilymph and thus cannot be explained by simple dehydration process. This potassium elevation in scala vestibuli perilymph should be understood by further experiment on endolymph. It became evident that scala vestibuli perilymph differs from scala tympani perilymph and CSF in the dynamics of electrolytes after glycerol administration. In this regard, the nature of the scala vestibuli as fluid space should be studied in future. The above findings obtained in the present study may imply the significance in elucidating the glycerol effect on hearing of endolymphatic hydrops case.