Effects of modest anemia on systemic and coronary circulation of septic sheep.


Although a lower transfusion trigger is generally recommended, little evidence is available about the physiological mechanisms of mild anemia in diseases with an imbalance between O2 supply and O2 demand such as sepsis. This study was undertaken to describe the systemic and coronary metabolic O2 reserve in an awake sheep model of hyperdynamic sepsis comparing two different hemoglobin levels. Twenty-four hours after sheep were rendered septic by cecal ligation and perforation (CLP), blood transfusion (n = 7, hemoglobin = 120 g/l) and isovolemic hemodilution (n = 8, hemoglobin = 70 g/l), respectively, were performed. Another 24 h later, we measured hemodynamics, organ blood flows, and systemic and myocardial O2 metabolism variables at baseline and through four stages of progressive hypoxia. Maximum coronary blood flow was 766.3 +/- 87.4 ml. min(-1). 100 g(-1) in hemodiluted sheep group versus 422.7 +/- 53.7 ml. min(-1). 100 g(-1) in the transfused sheep (P < 0.01). Myocardial O2 extraction was higher in the transfusion group (P = 0.03) throughout the whole hypoxia trial. In the hemodilution group, coronary blood flow increased more per increase in myocardial O(2) uptake than in transfused sheep (P < 0.01). This was accompanied by a lower left ventricular epicardial-to-endocardial flow ratio in hemodiluted sheep (1.13 +/- 0.07) than in transfused sheep (1.34 +/- 0.02, P < 0.05). We conclude that the lower coronary blood flow and greater myocardial O2 extraction in transfused septic sheep preserves transmyocardial O2 metabolism better in comparison to hemodiluted sheep.

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@article{Bloos1999EffectsOM, title={Effects of modest anemia on systemic and coronary circulation of septic sheep.}, author={Felix Bloos and Claudio M Martin and C G Ellis and W. J. Sibbald}, journal={The American journal of physiology}, year={1999}, volume={277 6 Pt 2}, pages={H2195-204} }