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Pulmonary shunt is independent of decrease in cardiac output during unsupported spontaneous breathing in the pig
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
2013 (English)In: Anesthesiology, ISSN 0003-3022, E-ISSN 1528-1175, Vol. 118, no 4, 914-923 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: During mechanical ventilation (MV), pulmonary shunt is cardiac output (CO) dependent; however, whether this relationship is valid during unsupported spontaneous breathing (SB) is unknown. The CO dependency of the calculated venous admixture was investigated, with both minor and major shunt, during unsupported SB, MV, and SB with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Methods: In seven anesthetized supine piglets breathing 100% oxygen, unsupported SB, MV (with tidal volume and respiratory rate corresponding to SB), and 8 cm H2O CPAP (airway pressure corresponding to MV) were applied at random. Venous return and CO were reduced by partial balloon occlusion of the inferior vena cava. Measurements were repeated with the left main bronchus blocked, creating a nonrecruitable pulmonary shunt. Results: CO decreased from 4.2 l/min (95% CI, 3.9-4.5) to 2.5 l/min (95% CI, 2.2-2.7) with partially occluded venous return. Irrespective of whether shunt was minor or major, during unsupported SB, venous admixture was independent of CO (slope: minor shunt, 0.5; major shunt, 1.1%.min(-1).l(-1)) and mixed venous oxygen tension. During both MV and CPAP, venous admixture was dependent on CO (slope MV: minor shunt, 1.9; major shunt, 3.5; CPAP: minor shunt, 1.3; major shunt, 2.9% .min(-1).l(-1)) and mixed-venous oxygen tension (coefficient of determination 0.61-0.86 for all regressions). Conclusions: In contrast to MV and CPAP, venous admixture was independent of CO during unsupported SB, and was unaffected by mixed-venous oxygen tension, casting doubt on the role of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction in pulmonary blood flow redistribution during unsupported SB.

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2013. Vol. 118, no 4, 914-923 p.
Keyword [en]
pulmonary shunt, cardiac output, mechanical ventilation, spontaneous breathing
National Category
Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Research subject
Physiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182302DOI: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e318283c81fISI: 000316355000021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182302DiVA: diva2:559420
Available from: 2012-10-11 Created: 2012-10-09 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Benefits of Spontaneous Breathing: Compared with Mechanical Ventilation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Benefits of Spontaneous Breathing: Compared with Mechanical Ventilation
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When spontaneous breathing (SB) is allowed during mechanical ventilation (MV), atelectatic lung areas are recruited and oxygenation improves thereby. Whether unsupported SB at its natural pattern (without PEEP and at low pressure/small tidal volume) equally recruits and improves oxygenation, and if so by which mechanism, has not been studied.

A porcine lung collapse model was designed to study this question. The cardiac output dependency of the pulmonary shunt was investigated with healthy lungs and with major shunt (during one-lung ventilation) and with SB, MV and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) was blocked with sodium nitroprusside (SNP) to see whether HPV is the only mechanism available for ventilation/perfusion (VA/Q) matching during MV and SB. In all experiments, respiratory rate and tidal volume during MV were matched to SB. Oxygenation was assessed by serial blood gas measurements, recruitment by thoracic CTs; pulmonary shunt was assessed by multiple inert gas elimination or venous admixture.

SB attained better oxygenation and lower pulmonary shunt compared with MV, although it did not recruit collapsed lung. Pulmonary shunt did not correlate with cardiac output during SB, whereas a correlation was found during MV and CPAP. With blocked HPV, pulmonary shunt was considerably lower during SB than MV.

In conclusion, SB improves VA/Q matching as compared with MV, even when no recruitment occurs. In contrast to MV and CPAP, cardiac output has no major effect on pulmonary shunt during SB. The improved VA/Q matching during SB despite a blocked HPV might indicate the presence of a SB-specific mechanism that improves pulmonary blood flow redistribution towards ventilated lung regions independent of or supplementary to HPV.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 47 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 824
Keyword
spontaneous breathing, mechanical ventilation, pulmonary shunt, oxygenation, hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction
National Category
Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Research subject
Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182564 (URN)978-91-554-8498-9 (ISBN)
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2012-11-23, Enghoffsalen, Entrance 50, Akademiska sjkhuset, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-10-11 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved

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