The aim of this study was to investigate the possible effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) pneumoretroperitoneum on free oxygen radicals in the kidney. Twelve male New Zealand rabbits were divided into 2 equal groups; group 1; control operation group (retroperitoneal space preparation without CO2 insufflation) and group 2; study group (10–12 mm Hg pneumoretroperitoneum for 3 hours with CO2). At the end of the procedure, laparotomy was performed to harvest ipsilateral and contralateral kidney in both groups after three hours. Kidney tissues were homogenized and were assayed for malondialdehyde (MDA), protein carbonyls (for protein oxidation), and reduced glutathione (GSH). Ipsilateral and contralateral kidney tissue levels of the MDA, protein carbonyls and GSH were not different in both the study and the control group (P > 0.05 for all comparisions). Corresponding ipsilateral and contralateral tissue levels of the markers, MDA and protein carbonyls were found to be significantly different in the study group as compared with the control group (P < 0.05 for the four comparisons mentioned). However, neither the ipsilateral nor the contralateral tissue levels of the marker GSH showed statistically relevant difference when the study group was compared with the control group.
Oxidative stress was identified as a component of CO2 pneumoretroperitoneum-induced kidney injury using an animal model of retroperitoneoscopy. Oxidative stress is likely to contribute to the impairment of renal function after retroperitoneoscopy using a 10 mm–12 mm Hg CO2 pneumoretroperitoneum.