Noncompressible hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death in military and civilian trauma. Our aim was to examine the effect of adenosine, lidocaine, and magnesium (Mg; ALM) on cardiovascular and cerebral function in a porcine hepatic hemorrhage model.
Pigs (59.1 ± 0.34 kg) were anesthetized, instrumented, and randomly assigned into sham (n = 6), saline controls (n = 10) or ALM (n = 10) groups before laparoscopic liver resection. After 30 min, groups received 4 mL/kg 3% NaCl ± ALM bolus (Phase 1) followed 60 min later with 3 mL/kg/h 0.9% NaCl ± ALM drip (4 h; Phase 2), then transfusion. Hemodynamics, carotid artery flow, and intracranial pressure were measured continuously. Microdialysis samples were analyzed for metabolites.
Saline controls had 20% mortality (mean survival time: 307 ± 38 min) with no ALM deaths over 6 h. Bolus administration increased mean arterial pressure (MAP) in both groups, and drip led to further increases to 62 ± 10 mmHg in controls compared with a steady fall to 47 ± 8 mmHg in ALM group at 240 min. The lower MAP was associated with a dramatic fall in systemic vascular resistance and improved oxygen delivery. ALM drip significantly increased cardiac output and stroke volume with lower dP/dt, indicating a less stiff heart. ALM drip also significantly decreased cerebral perfusion pressure, reduced cerebral oxygen consumption (28%), and reduced brain glycerol (60%), lactate (47%), and relative expression of hypoxia-inducible factor (38%) compared with saline controls.
ALM therapy improved cardiac function and oxygen delivery by lowering systemic vascular resistance after noncompressible hemorrhage. ALM also appeared to protect the brain at hypotensive MAPs with significantly lower cerebral perfusion pressure, lower O consumption, and significantly lower cortical lactate and glycerol levels compared to saline controls.
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