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Left ventriculum diastolic dysfunction in pediatric septic shock

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One of the causes of septic mortality is a low cardiac output secondary to preload failure. Same patients demonstrate preload failure after aggressive volume replacement [1].


Ultrasound impulse-wave Doppler evaluation of transmitral flow: VmaxE, VmaxA, ejection time E,A; DT E wave, IVRT of LV. Ultrasound evaluation of end-diastolic and end-systolic LV volume, stroke volume (LVEDV, LVESV, SV) on Teichholz L. EDLVP = 1.06 + 15.15 × VTI peakA/VTI peakE. Coronary perfusion pressure (CPP) = EDLVP - diastolic BP. We evaluate these parameters in 34 patients (age 28.1 ± 8.0 months) with septic shock (SS) diagnosed according to Consensus 2002. Control (C) - 44 healthy children (age 40.7 ± 8.5 months). Statistical analyses with t criteria.


The increase of VmaxA and decrease of VmaxE in patients of SS are demonstrated. IVRT and DT are less than in control group. We evaluated a decrease in E/A proportion. EDLVP in patients was more, and CPP lower, than in controls. See Table 1.

Table 1 Diastolic function in pediatric septic shock


Pediatric SS accompanied with LV diastolic dysfunction, which decreases the effectiveness of volume restoration therapy, reduces preload and cardiac output.


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Georgiyants, M., Korsunov, V. Left ventriculum diastolic dysfunction in pediatric septic shock. Crit Care 16, P193 (2012).

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  • Septic Shock
  • Diastolic Dysfunction
  • peakE
  • Left Ventriculum Diastolic Dysfunction
  • Ejection Time