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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 August;43(4):437-40
Effect of a human urinary protease inhibitor (Ulinastatin) on respiratory function in pediatric patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass
Sugita T. 1, Watarida S. 2, Katsuyama K. 2, Nakajima Y. 2, Yamamoto R. 2, Mori A. 2
1 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Tenri Hospital, Tenri, Japan
2 Second Department of Surgery, Shiga University of Medical Science, Otsu, Japan
Background. We performed this prospective randomized study to determine the effect of a human urinary protease inhibitor (Ulinastatin) on respiratory function in pediatric patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass.
Methods. Twenty-two children were included in this study. They were randomly allocated to 1 of the following groups; a control group (n=11) or a Ulinastatin group (n=11) in which patients received 5000 U/kg of Ulinastatin. Arterial blood samples were obtained before cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), immediately after CPB, and 30 min after protamine administration, as well as 3 hours after and 18 hours after CPB, and Interleukin-8 and neutrophil elastase concentration were evaluated.
Results. CPB time and aortic clamp time did not differ between the groups. Interleukin 8 and neutrophil elastase concentrations before CPB increased significantly immediately after CPB, these concentrations did not differ between the groups. However, neutrophil elastase concentrations of a Ulinastatin group were significantly lower than that of a control group at 30 min after protamine administration (a Ulinastatin group: 1011.3±539.1 μg/ml, a control group: 1619.7±595.7 μg/ml, p<0.05) and A-aDO2 of a Ulinastatin group was significantly lower than that of a control group at 2 hours after CPB (a Ulinastatin group: 67.1±70.6 mmHg, a control group: 169.2±116.3 g, p<0.05).
Conclusions. These results suggest that Ulinastatin suppresses the increase in neutrophil elastase and protects the respiratory function in pediatric patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass.