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Carlos A. SANTACRUZ, Daniel DE BACKER, Fabio S. TACCONE, Fuhong SU, Diego ORBEGOZO-CORTES, Koji HOSOKAWA, Katia DONADELLO, Jean L. VINCENT
Department of Intensive Care, Hôpital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
BACKGROUND: There is controversy about the superiority of hypertonic saline (HS) over mannitol (M) to treat intracranial hypertension (ICHT). We aim to compare the effects of HS 7.45% vs. M 20% on systemic hemodynamics, intracranial pressure (ICP) and brain regional metabolism or oxygenation during experimental ICHT.
METHODS: In 16 sedated and mechanically-ventilated pigs, ICHT was obtained by inflation of a balloon catheter inserted in the right frontal lobe. Ventilation was set to maintain normoxia and normocapnia. Mean arterial pressure was maintained above 80 mmHg by IV isotonic fluids. Animals were randomized to receive a 30-minute IV load of 255 mOsm/dose of either HS 7.45% (N.=7) or M 20% (N.=7). Brain oxygen tension (PbO2) was measured hourly by a parenchymal Clark electrode and cerebral lactate/pyruvate ratio (LPR) was assessed using brain microdialysis. A linear mixed model was used to analyze the time course of considered variables from baseline to 180 minutes after infusion.
RESULTS: There was no significant difference in systemic hemodynamics between the two groups over the study period. HS 7.45% administration maintained a lower ICP and a higher cerebral perfusion pressure at 180 minutes, but with no significant difference in PbO2 or LPR.
CONCLUSIONS: In this model of ICHT, only small differences were found in maintaining a better cerebral perfusion using HS 7.45% compared to M 20% in the early phase of therapy. These differences were not dependent on changes in systemic hemodynamics and did not result in significant differences in brain regional oxygenation or metabolism.