The Neurological Wake-up Test Does not Alter Cerebral Energy Metabolism and Oxygenation in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
2014 (English)In: Neurocritical Care, ISSN 1541-6933, Vol. 20, no 3, 413-426 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The neurological wake-up test (NWT) is used to monitor the level of consciousness in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, it requires interruption of sedation and may elicit a stress response. We evaluated the effects of the NWT using cerebral microdialysis (MD), brain tissue oxygenation (PbtiO2), jugular venous oxygen saturation (SjvO(2)), and/or arterial-venous difference (AVD) for glucose, lactate, and oxygen in patients with severe TBI. Seventeen intubated TBI patients (age 16-74 years) were sedated using continuous propofol infusion. All patients received intracranial pressure (ICP) and cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) monitoring in addition to MD, PbtiO2 and/or SjvO(2). Up to 10 days post-injury, ICP, CPP, PbtiO2 (51 NWTs), MD (49 NWTs), and/or SjvO(2) (18 NWTs) levels during propofol sedation (baseline) and NWT were compared. MD was evaluated at a flow rate of 1.0 mu L/min (28 NWTs) or the routine 0.3 mu L/min rate (21 NWTs). The NWT increased ICP and CPP levels (p < 0.05). Compared to baseline, interstitial levels of glucose, lactate, pyruvate, glutamate, glycerol, and the lactate/pyruvate ratio were unaltered by the NWT. Pathological SjvO(2) (< 50 % or > 71 %; n = 2 NWTs) and PbtiO2 (< 10 mmHg; n = 3 NWTs) values were rare at baseline and did not change following NWT. Finally, the NWT did not alter the AVD of glucose, lactate, or oxygen. The NWT-induced stress response resulted in increased ICP and CPP levels although it did not negatively alter focal neurochemistry or cerebral oxygenation in TBI patients.
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2014. Vol. 20, no 3, 413-426 p.
Traumatic brain injury, Cerebral microdialysis, Brain tissue oxygenation, Jugular venous oxygenation, Neurological wake-up test, Brain energy metabolism, Interruption of sedation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228469DOI: 10.1007/s12028-013-9876-4ISI: 000337092900010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228469DiVA: diva2:734246