Sorbitol as a marker for drug-induced decreases of variable duration in liver blood flow in healthy volunteers.

Burggraaf J, Schoemaker RC, Lentjes EG, Cohen AF

Sorbitol has been suggested as a suitable marker to assess liver blood flow (LBF), after it was shown to adequately reflect prolonged changes in LBF but changes of a shorter duration have not been investigated. We therefore used sorbitol to evaluate drug-induced decreases in LBF of variable duration with i.v. infusions of somatostatin and its synthetic analogue octreotide.