Volume 13 Supplement 1
Alteration of cardiopulmonary function after subarachnoid hemorrhage
© Isotani et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 March 2009
Volume management is crucial in intensive care; however, in some patients it is very hard to achieve optimal water balance. The subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patient is a representative example [1–3]. Cardiopulmonary complications are common after SAH: neurogenic pulmonary edema, cardiac failure, and so on. In this study we will present the time course of catecholamines and natriuretic polypeptides and fluid redistribution on pulse contour analysis calibrated by transpulmonary thermodilution PiCCO-plus monitoring after SAH.
Plasma catecholamines and natriuretic polypeptides of 54 consecutive patients were measured every other day during 2 weeks after SAH. The cardiopulmonary functions of 37 consecutive patients were monitored by PiCCO-plus daily during 2 weeks after SAH.
Persistent catecholamine release and the different sensitivity of blood vessels to catecholamine cause the blood volume redistribution: systemic hypovolemia and hydrostatic pulmonary edema. The excess cardiac preload due to catecholamine release leads to BNP release resulting in natriuresis.
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