Thoracic epidural analgesia reduces gastric microcirculation in the pig

Rikard Ambrus, Rune B Strandby, Niels H Secher, Kim Rünitz, Morten B S Svendsen, Lonnie G Petersen, Michael P Achiam, Lars B Svendsen

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    BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) is used for pain relief during and after abdominal surgery, but the effect of TEA on the splanchnic microcirculation remains debated. We evaluated whether TEA affects splanchnic microcirculation in the pig.

    METHODS: Splanchnic microcirculation was assessed in nine pigs prior to and 15 and 30 min after induction of TEA. Regional blood flow was assessed by neutron activated microspheres and changes in microcirculation by laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI).

    RESULTS: As assessed by LSCI 15 min following TEA, gastric arteriolar flow decreased by 22 % at the antrum (p = 0.020) and by 19 % at the corpus (p = 0.029) of the stomach. In parallel, the microcirculation decreased by 19 % at the antrum (p = 0.015) and by 20 % at the corpus (p = 0.028). Reduced arteriolar flow and microcirculation at the antrum was confirmed by a reduction in microsphere assessed regional blood flow 30 min following induction of TEA (p = 0.048). These manifestations took place along with a drop in systolic blood pressure (p = 0.030), but with no significant change in mean arterial pressure, cardiac output, or heart rate.

    CONCLUSION: The results indicate that TEA may have an adverse effect on gastric arteriolar blood flow and microcirculation. LSCI is a non-touch technique and displays changes in blood flow in real-time and may be important for further evaluation of the concern regarding the effect of thoracic epidural anesthesia on gastric microcirculation in humans.

    TRIAL REGISTRATIONS: Not applicable, non-human study.

    TidsskriftBMC Anesthesiology
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)86
    Antal sider8
    StatusUdgivet - 6 okt. 2016


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