Aug 24, 2001

Twenty-four hours of mild hypothermia in unsedated newborn pigs starting after a severe global hypoxic-ischemic insult is not neuroprotective

Pediatric Research
Marianne ThoresenP A Steen


Three to 12 h of mild hypothermia (HT) starting after hypoxia-ischemia is neuroprotective in piglets that are anesthetized during HT. Newborn infants suffering from neonatal encephalopathy often ventilate spontaneously and are not necessarily sedated. We aimed to test whether mild posthypoxic HT lasting 24 h was neuroprotective if the animals were not sedated. Thirty-nine piglets (median weight 1.6 kg, range 0.8-2.2 kg; median age 24 h, range 7-48 h) were anesthetized and ventilated and subjected to a 45-min hypoxic (FiO(2) approximately 6%) global insult (n = 36) or sham hypoxia (n = 3). On reoxygenation, 18 were maintained normothermic (NT, 39.0 degrees C) for 72 h, and 21 were cooled from 39 (NT) to 35 degrees C (HT) for the first 24 h before NT was resumed (18 experimental, three sham hypoxia). Cardiovascular parameters and intermittent EEG were documented throughout. The brain was perfusion fixed for neuropathology and five main areas examined using light microscopy. The insult severity (duration in minutes of EEG amplitude < 7 microV) was similar in the NT and HT groups, mean +/- SD (28 +/- 7.2 versus 27 +/- 8.6 min), as was the mean FiO(2) (5.9 +/- 0.7 versus 5.8 +/- 0.8%) during the insult. Six NT and seven HT piglets d...Continue Reading

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Hypoxia-Ischemia, Brain
Hypothermia, Accidental
Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding
Non-epileptic Convulsion
Hypothermia, Natural
Pyridoxamine 5-Prime-Phosphate Oxidase Deficiency

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