Effects of cardiac preload reduction and dobutamine on hepatosplanchnic blood flow regulation in porcine endotoxemia

Jakob, Stephan M; Bracht, Hendrik; Porta, Francesca; Balsiger, Bruno M; Brander, Lukas; Knuesel, Rafael; Feng, Hong-Qiang; Kolarova, Anna; Ma, Yingmin; Takala, Jukka (2012). Effects of cardiac preload reduction and dobutamine on hepatosplanchnic blood flow regulation in porcine endotoxemia. American journal of physiology - gastrointestinal and liver physiology, 303(2), G247-55. Bethesda, Md.: American Physiological Society 10.1152/ajpgi.00433.2011

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Insufficient cardiac preload and impaired contractility are frequent in early sepsis. We explored the effects of acute cardiac preload reduction and dobutamine on hepatic arterial (Qha) and portal venous (Qpv) blood flows during endotoxin infusion. We hypothesized that the hepatic arterial buffer response (HABR) is absent during preload reduction and reduced by dobutamine. In anesthetized pigs, endotoxin or vehicle (n = 12, each) was randomly infused for 18 h. HABR was tested sequentially by constricting superior mesenteric artery (SMA) or inferior vena cava (IVC). Afterward, dobutamine at 2.5, 5.0, and 10.0 μg/kg per minute or another vehicle (n = 6, each) was randomly administered in endotoxemic and control animals, and SMA was constricted during each dose. Systemic (cardiac output, thermodilution) and carotid, splanchnic, and renal blood flows (ultrasound Doppler) and blood pressures were measured before and during administration of each dobutamine dose. HABR was expressed as hepatic arterial pressure/flow ratio. Compared with controls, 18 h of endotoxin infusion was associated with decreased mean arterial blood pressure [49 ± 11 mmHg vs. 58 ± 8 mmHg (mean ± SD); P = 0.034], decreased renal blood flow, metabolic acidosis, and impaired HABR during SMA constriction [0.32 (0.18-1.32) mmHg/ml vs. 0.22 (0.08-0.60) mmHg/ml; P = 0.043]. IVC constriction resulted in decreased Qpv in both groups; whereas Qha remained unchanged in controls, it decreased after 18 h of endotoxemia (P = 0.031; constriction-time-group interaction). One control and four endotoxemic animals died during the subsequent 6 h. The maximal increase of cardiac output during dobutamine infusion was 47% (22-134%) in controls vs. 53% (37-85%) in endotoxemic animals. The maximal Qpv increase was significant only in controls [24% (12-47%) of baseline (P = 0.043) vs. 17% (-7-32%) in endotoxemia (P = 0.109)]. Dobutamine influenced neither Qha nor HABR. Our data suggest that acute cardiac preload reduction is associated with preferential hepatic arterial perfusion initially but not after established endotoxemia. Dobutamine had no effect on the HABR.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

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Jakob, Stephan; Bracht, Hendrik; Porta, Francesca Margherita; Brander, Lukas; Knüsel, Rafael Matthias; Kolarova, Anna and Takala, Jukka




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04 Oct 2013 14:21

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/6921 (FactScience: 212003)

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