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Effects of Antithrombin III on body cavity effusions, fluid balance, colloid osmotic pressure and hemodynamics in porcine septic shock

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It has been suggested that Antithrombin III (AT III) might have an anti-inflammatory effect in addition to its well known anti-thrombotic properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of AT III on abdominal and pleural effusions, fluid balance, colloid osmotic pressure (COP) and hemodynamics, in a porcine fecal peritonitis model.


This was a prospective randomized, controlled animal laboratory study. Fasted, anaesthetized, mechanically-ventilated and multi-catheterized pigs (20.6± 1.9 kg) received 1 g/kg body weight feces into the abdominal cavity to induce sepsis and were observed over 8 h. Before induction, animals were randomized to treatment with 200 IE/kg AT III (Kybernin® P, Centeon Pharma GmbH; Marburg, Germany) (n=4) or to controls (NaCl 0.9%) (n=4).

Hemodynamic treatment scheme with ringer´s solution was based on ensuring baseline intrathoracic blood volume (ITBV). Hemodynamics and COP were measured before sepsis induction and 4 h and 8 h afterwards. Cumulative fluid balance was calculated after 4 and 8 h. Abdominal and pleural effusion volumes were obtained after sacrificing the animals.


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In the AT III treated group both abdominal and pleural effusion volumes were lower than in the controls. COP values 4 h after sepsis induction were higher and the cumulative fluid balance lower. This may indicate that AT III has a positive effect on capillary leakage in septic shock.

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  • Septic Shock
  • Fluid Balance
  • Colloid Osmotic Pressure
  • Fecal Peritonitis
  • Intrathoracic Blood Volume