Cortex and deep grey matter have different sensitivities to hypoxia-hypotension and traumatic brain injury: a combined PtiO2 and microdialysis study in rats
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Published: 1 March 2010
After traumatic brain injury (TBI), structural lesions are heterogeneous, but the spatial heterogeneity of consequences of insults as hypoxia-hypotension (HH) and/or TBI has never been studied. The objective of this study was to compare the effect of standardized insults (HH, TBI and both) on brain energy metabolism in two different regions: frontal cortex and thalamus.
Twenty-eight Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into four groups: Sham, TBI (impact acceleration alone, 450 g weight drop from 1.8 m), HH (blood depletion to mean arterial pressure 40 mmHg, FiO2 10%, 15 minutes) and TBI-HH (TBI followed by HH, 45 minute delay). Cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) was continuously and invasively measured. Brain microdialysis and PtiO2 probes were both inserted stereotaxically in the right thalamus and frontal cortex.
Different profiles of cerebral response to HH and TBI were observed with higher sensitivity in the cortex than in the thalamus. The post-ischemic hyperemia seems to be altered in the traumatized cortex but conserved into the thalamus and nontraumatized brain.