microdialysis technique

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A technique used to study muscle metabolism. A hollow probe is inserted into tissue and continuously perfused with blood so that the tube acts as an artificial blood vessel. Chemicals can be added to the extracellular fluid of muscles via the probe. The chemicals diffuse into the tissue along a concentration gradient. Subsequently, the extracellular fluid can be collected for analysis so that the effect of the chemicals on muscle metabolism can be monitored.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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