Nikolian VC, et al. Improvement of Blood-Brain Barrier Integrity in Traumatic Brain Injury and Hemorrhagic Shock Following Treatment With Valproic Acid and Fresh Frozen Plasma. Crit Care Med. 2018 Jan; 46(1):e59-e66.
OBJECTIVE: Combined traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock are highly lethal. Following injuries, the integrity of the blood-brain barrier can be impaired, contributing to secondary brain insults. The status of the blood-brain barrier represents a potential factor impacting long-term neurologic outcomes in combined injuries. Treatment strategies involving plasma-based resuscitation and valproic acid therapy have shown efficacy in this setting. We hypothesize that a component of this beneficial effect is related to blood-brain barrier preservation.
Chandee T, et al. Critical Care Resource Utilization and Outcomes of Children With Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 Dec;18(12):1166-1174.
OBJECTIVES: To characterize admission patterns, critical care resource utilization, and outcomes in moderate pediatric traumatic brain injury. Continue reading
Donnelly J, et al. Individualizing Thresholds of Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Using Estimated Limits of Autoregulation. Crit Care Med. 2017 Sep;45(9):1464-1471.
OBJECTIVES: In severe traumatic brain injury, cerebral perfusion pressure management based on cerebrovascular pressure reactivity index has the potential to provide a personalized treatment target to improve patient outcomes. So far, the methods have focused on identifying “one” autoregulation-guided cerebral perfusion pressure target-called “cerebral perfusion pressure optimal”. We investigated whether a cerebral perfusion pressure autoregulation range-which uses a continuous estimation of the “lower” and “upper” cerebral perfusion pressure limits of cerebrovascular pressure autoregulation (assessed with pressure reactivity index)-has prognostic value.
DESIGN: Single-center retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data.
SETTING: The neurocritical care unit at a tertiary academic medical center.
PATIENTS: Data from 729 severe traumatic brain injury patients admitted between 1996 and 2016 were used. Treatment was guided by controlling intracranial pressure and cerebral perfusion pressure according to a local protocol.
METHODS AND MAIN RESULTS: Cerebral perfusion pressure-pressure reactivity index curves were fitted automatically using a previously published curve-fitting heuristic from the relationship between pressure reactivity index and cerebral perfusion pressure. The cerebral perfusion pressure values at which this “U-shaped curve” crossed the fixed threshold from intact to impaired pressure reactivity (pressure reactivity index = 0.3) were denoted automatically the “lower” and “upper” cerebral perfusion pressure limits of reactivity, respectively. The percentage of time with cerebral perfusion pressure below (%cerebral perfusion pressure < lower limit of reactivity), above (%cerebral perfusion pressure > upper limit of reactivity), or within these reactivity limits (%cerebral perfusion pressure within limits of reactivity) was calculated for each patient and compared across dichotomized Glasgow Outcome Scores. After adjusting for age, initial Glasgow Coma Scale, and mean intracranial pressure, percentage of time with cerebral perfusion pressure less than lower limit of reactivity was associated with unfavorable outcome (odds ratio %cerebral perfusion pressure < lower limit of reactivity, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.02-1.06; p < 0.001) and mortality (odds ratio, 1.06; 95% CI, 1.04-1.08; p < 0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: Individualized autoregulation-guided cerebral perfusion pressure management may be a plausible alternative to fixed cerebral perfusion pressure threshold management in severe traumatic brain injury patients. Prospective randomized research will help define which autoregulation-guided method is beneficial, safe, and most practical.
Krishnamoorthy V, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Gibbons EF, et al. Early Systolic Dysfunction Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Cohort Study. Crit Care Med. 2017 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print]
OBJECTIVE: Prior studies have suggested that traumatic brain injury may affect cardiac function. Our study aims were to determine the frequency, longitudinal course, and admission risk factors for systolic dysfunction in patients with moderate-severe traumatic brain injury.
DESIGN: Prospective cohort study.
SETTING: Level 1 trauma center.
MEASUREMENTS: Transthoracic echocardiogram within 1 day and over the first week after moderate-severe traumatic brain injury; transthoracic echocardiogram within 1 day after mild traumatic brain injury (comparison group).
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Systolic function was assessed by transthoracic echocardiogram, and systolic dysfunction was defined as fractional shortening less than 25%. Multivariable Poisson regression models examined admission risk factors for systolic dysfunction. Systolic function in 32 patients with isolated moderate-severe traumatic brain injury and 32 patients with isolated mild traumatic brain injury (comparison group) was assessed with transthoracic echocardiogram. Seven (22%) moderate-severe traumatic brain injury and 0 (0%) mild traumatic brain injury patients had systolic dysfunction within the first day after injury (p < 0.01). All patients with early systolic dysfunction recovered in 1 week. Younger age (relative risk, 0.87; 95% CI, 0.79-0.94; for 1 yr increase in age) and lower admission Glasgow Coma Scale score (relative risk, 0.34; 95% CI, 0.20-0.58; for one unit increase in Glasgow Coma Scale) were independently associated with the development of systolic dysfunction among moderate-severe traumatic brain injury patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Early systolic dysfunction can occur in previously healthy patients with moderate-severe traumatic brain injury, and it is reversible over the first week of hospitalization. Younger age and lower admission Glasgow Coma Scale score are independently associated with the development of systolic dysfunction after moderate-severe traumatic brain injury.