Evaluation of cerebral oxygenation and perfusion with conversion from an arterial-to-systemic shunt circulation to the bidirectional Glenn circulation in patients with univentricular cardiac abnormalities

Gianluca Bertolizio, James A. Dinardo, Peter C. Laussen, Angelo Polito, Frank A. Pigula, David Zurakowski, Barry D. Kussman

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Abstract

Objective Superior vena cava pressure after the bidirectional Glenn operation usually is higher than that associated with the preceding shunt-dependent circulation. The aim of the present study was to determine whether the acute elevation in central venous pressure was associated with changes in cerebral oxygenation and perfusion. Design Single-center prospective, observational cohort study. Setting Academic children's hospital. Participants Infants with single-ventricle lesions and surgically placed systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunts undergoing the bidirectional Glenn operation. Interventions Near-infrared spectroscopy and transcranial Doppler sonography were used to measure regional cerebral oxygen saturation and cerebral blood flow velocity. Measurements and Main Results Mean differences in regional cerebral oxygen saturation and cerebral blood flow velocity before anesthetic induction and shortly before hospital discharge were compared using the F-test in repeated measures analysis of variance. In the 24 infants studied, mean cerebral oxygen saturation increased from 49%±2% to 57%±2% (p = 0.007), mean cerebral blood flow velocity decreased from 57±4 cm/s to 47±4 cm/s (p = 0.026), and peak systolic cerebral blood flow velocity decreased from 111±6 cm/s to 99±6 cm/s (p = 0.046) after the bidirectional Glenn operation. Mean central venous pressure was 8±2 mmHg postinduction of anesthesia and 14±4 mmHg on the first postoperative day and was not associated with a change in cerebral perfusion pressure (p = 0.35). Conclusions The bidirectional Glenn operation in infants with a shunt-dependent circulation is associated with an improvement in cerebral oxygenation, and the lower cerebral blood flow velocity is likely a response of intact cerebral autoregulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • bidirectional Glenn shunt
  • congenital heart defect
  • hypoplastic left-heart syndrome
  • modified Blalock-Taussig shunt
  • near-infrared spectroscopy
  • single ventricle
  • transcranial Doppler sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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