Postoperative splanchnic blood flow redistribution in response to fluid challenges in the presence and absence of endotoxemia in a porcine model

Brügger, Lukas E; Beldi, Guido; Stalder, Michael; Porta, Francesca; Candinas, Daniel; Takala, Jukka; Jakob, Stephan M (2012). Postoperative splanchnic blood flow redistribution in response to fluid challenges in the presence and absence of endotoxemia in a porcine model. Shock, 37(1), pp. 116-21. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/SHK.0b013e31823917eb

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We hypothesized that fluid administration may increase regional splanchnic perfusion after abdominal surgery-even in the absence of a cardiac stroke volume (SV) increase and independent of accompanying endotoxemia. Sixteen anesthetized pigs underwent abdominal surgery with flow probe fitting around splanchnic vessels and carotid arteries. They were randomized to continuous placebo or endotoxin infusion, and when clinical signs of hypovolemia (mean arterial pressure, <60 mmHg; heart rate, >100 beats · min(-1); urine production, <0.5 mL · kg(-1) · h(-1); arterial lactate concentration, >2 mmol · L(-1)) and/or low pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (target 5-8 mmHg) were present, they received repeated boli of colloids (50 mL) as long as SV increased 10% or greater. Stroke volume and regional blood flows were monitored 2 min before and 30 min after fluid challenges. Of 132 fluid challenges, 45 (34%) resulted in an SV increase of 10% or greater, whereas 82 (62%) resulted in an increase of 10% or greater in one or more of the abdominal flows (P < 0.001). During blood flow redistribution, celiac trunk (19% of all measurements) and hepatic artery flow (15%) most often decreased, whereas portal vein (10%) and carotid artery (7%) flow decreased less frequently (P = 0.015, between regions). In control animals, celiac trunk (30% vs. 9%, P = 0.004) and hepatic artery (25% vs. 11%, P = 0.040) flow decreased more often than in endotoxin-infused pigs. Accordingly, blood flow redistribution is a common phenomenon in the postoperative period and is only marginally influenced by endotoxemia. Fluid management based on SV changes may not be useful for improving regional abdominal perfusion.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Visceral Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

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Brügger, Lukas; Beldi, Guido; Stalder, Michael; Porta, Francesca Margherita; Candinas, Daniel; Takala, Jukka and Jakob, Stephan




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