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Kolh, Philippe ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2013), 96(2), 542

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SEGHAYE, Marie-Christine ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2012), 94(5), 1787

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See detailDexamethasone pretreatment provides antiinflammatory and myocardial protection in neonatal arterial switch operation.
Heying, Ruth; Wehage, Edith; SCHUMACHER, Katharina ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2012), 93(3), 869-76

BACKGROUND: This prospective double-blinded randomized study tested the hypothesis that preoperative treatment with dexamethasone would attenuate inflammatory priming of the myocardium, reduce the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This prospective double-blinded randomized study tested the hypothesis that preoperative treatment with dexamethasone would attenuate inflammatory priming of the myocardium, reduce the systemic inflammatory reaction upon cardiac operation, and provide organ protection in neonates. METHODS: Twenty neonates (age, 8 to 21 days) with transposition of the great arteries scheduled for arterial switch operation were included. Nine received dexamethasone (1 mg/kg body weight) 4 hours before cardiopulmonary bypass, and 11 received natrium chloride. We studied intramyocardial messenger RNA expression of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, IL-1beta, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), as well as IL-10 and expression of TNF-alpha on protein level in right atrial tissue taken before institution of CPB. We measured plasma levels of IL-6, IL-10, lipopolysaccharide binding protein, and cardiac troponin T. Cytokine expression was related to postoperative outcome. RESULTS: Pretreatment with dexamethasone led to a significant decrease in myocardial expression of IL-6, IL-8, IL-1beta, and TNF-alpha messenger RNA and to a decrease in protein synthesis of TNF-alpha. Plasma concentrations of IL-6 were significantly lower and those of IL-10 significantly higher in pretreated patients. This was associated with lower cardiac troponin T values and lower dobutamine requirement. Levels of lipopolysaccharide binding protein were significantly higher postoperatively in pretreated neonates. CONCLUSIONS: Dexamethasone administration before arterial switch operation leads to a shift in the myocardial and systemic cytokine expression profile in neonates with transposition of the great arteries, with downregulation of proinflammatory and upregulation of antiinflammatory cytokines. Lower myocardial cell damage and lower catecholamine requirement suggest myocardial protection in treated patients. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of complete revascularization on long-term survival is strongly dependent on age
Girerd, N.; Magne, Julien ULg; Rabilloud, M. et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2012), 94(4), 1166-1172

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Kolh, Philippe ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2012), 93(2), 522

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See detailNon complicated large complex tear in an aneurysmal Marfan ascending aorta.
Brüls, Samuel ULg; Radermacher, Vincent ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2010), 89(5), 1674

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Radermecker, Marc ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2010), 89(1), 344-5345

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RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2007), 83(5), 1919-20

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See detailAttentional dysfunction in children after corrective cardiac surgery in infancy.
Hovels-Gurich, Hedwig H; Konrad, Kerstin; Skorzenski, Daniela et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2007), 83(4), 1425-1430

BACKGROUND: Attentional dysfunction in children after corrective cardiac surgery in infancy has rarely been evaluated and is the topic of the present work. METHODS: Forty unselected children, 20 with ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Attentional dysfunction in children after corrective cardiac surgery in infancy has rarely been evaluated and is the topic of the present work. METHODS: Forty unselected children, 20 with tetralogy of Fallot and hypoxemia and 20 with ventricular septal defect and cardiac insufficiency, operated on at a mean age 0.7 (SD 0.3) years with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and low flow cardiopulmonary bypass, were evaluated at mean age 7.4 (SD 1.6) years by the computerized form of the Attention Network Test providing performance measures of three networks of attention: alerting, orienting, and executive control. Parental ratings of attentional dysfunction were derived from the Child Behavior Checklist. Results were compared with healthy controls, between patient groups, and correlated with perioperative risk factors and current neurodevelopmental status. RESULTS: Executive control was reduced in the tetralogy of Fallot group, alerting and orienting were found normal and not different between patient groups. Durations of aortic cross clamping inversely correlated with orienting; durations of cardiopulmonary bypass correlated with mean reaction time and inversely correlated with executive control. Motor function and acquired abilities correlated with executive control and orienting. Parent-reported problems on the Child Behavior Checklist inversely correlated with executive control and mean accuracy. CONCLUSIONS: Children with preoperative hypoxemia in infancy due to cyanotic cardiac defects are at increased risk for attentional dysfunction in the field of executive control, compared with normal children and with those who have acyanotic heart defects. Besides unfavorable perioperative influences, preoperative hypoxemia is considered responsible for additional damage to the highly oxygen sensitive regions of the prefrontal cortex and striate body assumed to be associated with the executive control network of attention. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of inflammatory responses after off-pump and on-pump coronary surgery using surface modifying additives circuit
Quaniers, Janine ULg; Leruth, Julie ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2006), 81(5), 1683-1690

Background. Cardiac surgery is followed by various degrees of inflammation, which have harmful consequences. Because of the central role of extracorporeal circulation ( EC), off- pump coronary bypass ... [more ▼]

Background. Cardiac surgery is followed by various degrees of inflammation, which have harmful consequences. Because of the central role of extracorporeal circulation ( EC), off- pump coronary bypass surgery is deemed preferable. Do different modalities of EC challenge this view? Methods. Four groups of similar patients underwent coronary surgery: ( group 1) on- pump, EC with closed surface modifying additives ( SMA) circuit and no pump suckers ( n = 20); ( group 2) on- pump, EC with open SMA circuit and pump suckers ( n = 20); ( group 3) off- pump ( beating heart) and heparin 3 mg/ kg ( n = 20); ( group 4) off- pump ( beating heart) and heparin 1 mg/ kg ( n = 20). Interleukins ( IL)- 6, IL- 8, IL- 10, myeloperoxidase, elastase, and terminal complex of the complement ( TCC) were analyzed at various times: at induction ( time I); after heparin ( time II); after complete revascularization ( time III); after protamine ( time IV); and 24 hours later ( time V). Results. The TCC was significantly higher in groups 1 and 2 at time III. The pattern of IL- 6 was the same for the four groups. No significant difference in myeloperoxydase content was noted; however, elastase was significantly higher in the two EC ( on- pump) groups. Conclusions. Except for the complement system and elastase, on- pump surgery with SMA- coated circuits did not elicit any greater inflammatory response than off-pump surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term neurodevelopmental outcome and exercise capacity after corrective surgery for tetralogy of Fallot or ventricular septal defect in infancy.
Hovels-Gurich, Hedwig H; Konrad, Kerstin; Skorzenski, Daniela et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2006), 81(3), 958-66

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this prospective study was to assess whether neurodevelopmental status and exercise capacity of children 5 to 10 years after corrective surgery for tetralogy of Fallot or ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this prospective study was to assess whether neurodevelopmental status and exercise capacity of children 5 to 10 years after corrective surgery for tetralogy of Fallot or ventricular septal defect in infancy was different compared with normal children and influenced by the preoperative condition of hypoxemia or cardiac insufficiency. METHODS: Forty unselected children, 20 with tetralogy of Fallot and hypoxemia and 20 with ventricular septal defect and cardiac insufficiency, operated on with combined deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and low flow cardiopulmonary bypass at a mean age of 0.7 +/- 0.3 years (mean +/- SD), underwent, at mean age 7.4 +/- 1.6 years, standardized evaluation of neurologic status, gross motor function, intelligence, academic achievement, language, and exercise capacity. Results were compared between the groups and related to preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative status and management. RESULTS: Rate of mild neurologic dysfunction was increased compared with normal children, but not different between the groups. Exercise capacity and socioeconomic status were not different compared with normal children and between the groups. Compared with the normal population, motor function, formal intelligence, academic achievement, and expressive and receptive language were significantly reduced (p < 0.01 to p < 0.001) in the whole group and in the subgroups, except for normal intelligence in ventricular septal defect patients. Motor dysfunction was significantly higher in the Fallot group compared with the ventricular septal defect group (p < 0.01) and correlated with neurologic dysfunction, lower intelligence, and reduced expressive language (p < 0.05 each). Reduced New York Heart Association functional class was correlated with lower exercise capacity and longer duration of cardiopulmonary bypass (p < 0.05 each). Reduced socioeconomic status significantly influenced dysfunction in formal intelligence (p < 0.01) and academic achievement (p < 0.05). Preoperative risk factors such as prenatal hypoxia, perinatal asphyxia, and preterm birth, factors of perioperative management such as cardiac arrest, lowest nasopharyngeal temperature, and age at surgery, and postoperative risk factors as postoperative cardiocirculatory insufficiency and duration of mechanical ventilation were not different between the groups and had no influence on outcome. Degree of hypoxemia in Fallot patients and degree of cardiac insufficiency in ventricular septal defect patients did not influence the outcome within the subgroups. CONCLUSIONS: Children with preoperative hypoxemia in infancy are at higher risk for motor dysfunction than children with cardiac insufficiency. Corrective surgery in infancy for tetralogy of Fallot or ventricular septal defect with combined circulatory arrest and low flow bypass is associated with reduced neurodevelopmental outcome, but not with reduced exercise capacity in childhood. In our experience, the general risk of long-term neurodevelopmental impairment is related to unfavorable effects of the global perioperative management. Socioeconomic status influences cognitive capabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical activity patterns of children after neonatal arterial switch operation.
Massin, Martial M; Hovels-Gurich, Hedwig H; Gérard, Paul ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2006), 81(2), 665-70

BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a major atherosclerosis risk factor. The exercise tolerance is usually excellent after neonatal arterial switch operation, but those patients in whom coronary anomalies ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a major atherosclerosis risk factor. The exercise tolerance is usually excellent after neonatal arterial switch operation, but those patients in whom coronary anomalies remain the main late complication, risk developing atherosclerotic coronary disease owing to perceived physical activity restrictions. METHODS: We investigated physical activity patterns of 52 unselected children 7 to 14 years after neonatal arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries by 24-hour continuous heart rate monitoring. The percentage of heart rate reserve was used to measure the amounts of activities. Comparisons were made with 35 children with repaired atrial or ventricular septal defect and with 127 age-matched healthy children. RESULTS: Children after arterial switch operation accumulated 167.3 +/- 70.6, 25.3 +/- 12.9, and 15.7 +/- 11.3 minutes a day (mean +/- SD) of light, moderate, and vigorous physical activities, respectively. At the same activity levels, children with repaired septal defect accumulated 165.2 +/- 82.2, 26.2 +/- 11.7, and 16.2 +/- 9.1 minutes a day, and their healthy peers 164.8 +/- 74.5, 31.8 +/- 13.9, and 21.9 +/- 11.3 minutes a day. Both cardiac groups were significantly less active than the control group when considering moderate (p = 0.026) and vigorous activities (p = 0.006). Only 19% and 27% of the children after arterial switch operation engaged, respectively, in more than 30 minutes a day of moderate activity and 20 minutes a day of vigorous activity. CONCLUSIONS: Children after arterial switch operation, just like other cardiac children, do not meet the guidelines for physical activity. We should encourage regular physical activity to offset adult sedentary behavior and to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in those patients whose long-term function of the coronary arteries remains a matter of concern. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term results of cardiac and general health status in children after neonatal arterial switch operation.
Hovels-Gurich, Hedwig H; SEGHAYE, Marie-Christine ULg; Ma, Qing et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2003), 75(3), 935-43

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess cardiac and general health status 8 to 14 years after neonatal arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries. METHODS: Sixty ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess cardiac and general health status 8 to 14 years after neonatal arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries. METHODS: Sixty unselected children with intact ventricular septum (78.3%) or ventricular septal defect (21.7%) without or with aortic isthmic stenosis (5.1%) were examined 10.5 +/- 1.6 (mean +/- SD) years after neonatal switch and 5.3 +/- 1.6 years after mid-term evaluation. Complete clinical examination, standard and 24-hour Holter electrocardiogram, M-mode, 2D-, Doppler, and color Doppler echocardiography were performed. Results were compared with normal values and to mid-term follow-up results. RESULTS: Rates of reoperation after arterial switch operation and operation to correct concomitant coarctation were 3.3% and 5.1%, respectively. No patient needed medication, and 93.3% had no limitation of physical activity. All children had normal height and weight; 31.6% had abnormal thoracic configuration after median sternotomy. Most patients (91.7%) were in sinus rhythm. Incidence of complete right bundle branch block (10.0%) was unchanged, as was prevalence of ectopic activity (occasional atrial ectopy 20.0%, ventricular ectopy: occasional 21.7%; frequent 1.7%). Left ventricular dimensions and shortening fraction did not change over time. Diameters of neo-aortic valve annulus and neo-aortic root did not increase, and z-scores decreased between mid-term and present evaluation. Incidence of neo-aortic insufficiency was 13.3% and remained unchanged in comparison with the pre-examination value. Neo-aortic stenosis was not seen. Compared with mid-term follow-up, incidence (41.6%) and degree of supravalvular pulmonary stenosis increased. CONCLUSIONS: Good cardiac results persist 10 years after neonatal arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries. Encouraging findings include preservation of left ventricular function, low incidence of rhythm disturbances, lack of further neo-aortic root dilatation, and unchanged incidence of neo-aortic insufficiency compared with mid-term follow-up. Increased incidence and degree of supravalvular pulmonary stenosis are of concern. [less ▲]

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Hovels-Gurich, Hedwig H; Schumacher, Kathrin; Vazquez-Jimenez, Jaime F et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2002), 73(2), 601-8608-9

BACKGROUND: The control of the systemic inflammatory response taking place during cardiac operations depends on adequate antiinflammatory reaction. In this prospective study we tested the hypothesis that ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The control of the systemic inflammatory response taking place during cardiac operations depends on adequate antiinflammatory reaction. In this prospective study we tested the hypothesis that cytokine balance during pediatric cardiac surgical procedures would be influenced by the patients' preoperative clinical condition, defined as hypoxemia or heart failure. METHODS: Twenty infants (median age, 8 months) with hypoxemia owing to intracardiac right-to-left shunt (group 1, n = 10) or with heart failure because of intracardiac left-to-right shunt (group 2, n = 10), scheduled for elective primary corrective operation, were enrolled. Plasma levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL) 6, the natural antiinflammatory cytokine IL-10, and the markers of the acute-phase response, C-reactive protein and procalcitonin, were sequentially measured before, during, and after cardiac operation up to the 10th postoperative day. The ratio of IL-10 to IL-6 levels served as a marker for the individual's antiinflammatory cytokine balance. RESULTS: Group 1 showed higher preoperative IL-6 (p < 0.001), lower IL-10 levels (p < 0.02), and lower ratio of IL-10 to IL-6 levels (p < 0.001) than group 2. Preoperative C-reactive protein and procalcitonin were not detectable. In group 1, preoperative IL-6 levels inversely correlated with preoperative oxygen saturation (Spearman correlation coefficient, -0.74, p < 0.02). During cardiopulmonary bypass, IL-6 levels were higher, whereas IL-10 and ratio of IL-10 to IL-6 levels were lower in group 1 than in group 2. In all patients, postoperative IL-6 levels were positively correlated with duration of inotropic support and serum creatinine value and inversely correlated with oxygenation index and diuresis. CONCLUSIONS: Infants with hypoxemia show a preoperative inflammatory state with low antiinflammatory cytokine balance in contrast to those with heart failure. This in turn is associated with lower perioperative antiinflammatory cytokine balance and might contribute to postoperative morbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailAortopexy reduces anastomosis stress after repair of coarctation.
Vazquez-Jimenez, J. F.; Sachweh, J. S.; Seipelt, R. et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2001), 72(1), 294-5

Restenosis after repair of coarctation with hypoplastic distal aortic arch is an important complication. Complete removal of ductal tissue, resection of isthmus area, and side-to-side arterioplasty of the ... [more ▼]

Restenosis after repair of coarctation with hypoplastic distal aortic arch is an important complication. Complete removal of ductal tissue, resection of isthmus area, and side-to-side arterioplasty of the distal aortic arch leads to a wide distance between the aortic arch and descending aorta; therefore, the anastomosis may remain under tension, increasing risk of restenosis. To reduce the tension, aortopexy of the descending aorta was used. The operative technique and the results in 16 neonates and infants are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailNeurodevelopmental outcome related to cerebral risk factors in children after neonatal arterial switch operation.
Hovels-Gurich, H. H.; SEGHAYE, Marie-Christine ULg; Sigler, M. D. et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2001), 71(3), 881-8

BACKGROUND: Neurodevelopmental outcome after neonatal arterial switch operation for complete transposition of the great arteries is an important topic needing prospective assessment. METHODS: A group of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Neurodevelopmental outcome after neonatal arterial switch operation for complete transposition of the great arteries is an important topic needing prospective assessment. METHODS: A group of 33 unselected children (3.0 to 4.6 years) operated on as neonates with combined deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and low flow cardiopulmonary bypass and a control group of 32 age-matched healthy children (3.0 to 4.8 years) underwent evaluation of socioeconomic and clinical neurological status and a standardized test comprising all areas of child development. Results of patients were related to those of the control group, to population norms, and to preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative cerebral risk factors. RESULTS: Clinical neurological status was normal in 26 patients (78.8%) and reduced in 7 (21.2%). Complete developmental score and the subscores for motor function, visual perception, learning and memory, cognitive function, language, and socioemotional functions were not different compared to population norms. Compared to the patients, the children of the control group scored higher on tests of complete development, cognition, and language, but also on socioeconomic status. Complete developmental score and the scores for motor, cognitive, and language functions were weakly inversely related to the duration of circulatory arrest, but not to the duration of bypass. Cerebral risk factors such as serum levels of the neuron-specific enolase, perinatal acidosis, perinatal asphyxia, peri- and postoperative cardiocirculatory insufficiency, or clinical seizures were not correlated to the test results. CONCLUSIONS: Neonatal arterial switch operation with combined circulatory arrest and low flow bypass is associated with neurological impairment, but not with reduced development as assessed by formal testing of motor, cognitive, language, and behavioral functions. Perioperative serum level of the neuron-specific enolase is not a valid marker for later developmental impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailTime course of cranial ultrasound abnormalities after arterial switch operation in neonates.
Sigler, M.; Vazquez-Jimenez, J. F.; Grabitz, R. G. et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2001), 71(3), 877-80

BACKGROUND: The object of this study was to investigate the time course and fate of abnormal findings in cranial ultrasound after performing an arterial switch operation in neonates with transposition of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The object of this study was to investigate the time course and fate of abnormal findings in cranial ultrasound after performing an arterial switch operation in neonates with transposition of the great arteries, and to analyze the relationship to cerebral cell damage. METHODS: Cranial ultrasound was performed prospectively in 35 neonates with transposition of the great arteries before the operation as well as 4 hours, 1, 2, and 3 days, and 1 and 2 weeks postoperatively. Blood levels of neuron-specific enolase, a marker of cerebral cell damage, were determined before, during, and 4 and 24 hours postoperatively. RESULTS: In 17 of 35 neonates (49%), early postoperative cranial ultrasound revealed abnormalities indistinguishable from intraventricular hemorrhage. In 11 neonates findings were transient and were normalized 2 weeks postoperatively, whereas in the remaining 6 neonates there was evidence of resolving hemorrhage. In all neonates there was a rise in neuron-specific enolase blood concentrations during and 4 hours after extracorporal circulation without correlation to sonographic findings. CONCLUSIONS: Enhanced echogenicity of the choroid plexus or dilatation of the cerebral ventricular system is a frequent early postoperative finding that may be caused by transient plexus edema rather than intraventricular hemorrhage and is not related to cerebral cell damage. [less ▲]

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See detailSma Circuits Reduce Platelet Consumption and Platelet Factor Release During Cardiac Surgery
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg; Dekoster, Guy ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2000), 70(6), 2075-81

BACKGROUND: Platelet count and function are particularly damaged by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). This study evaluated the effects of a novel CPB circuit in terms of platelet count and activation, and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Platelet count and function are particularly damaged by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). This study evaluated the effects of a novel CPB circuit in terms of platelet count and activation, and postoperative need for blood products. METHODS: One hundred patients undergoing coronary grafting were randomized in two groups: control group (n = 50) and test group (n = 50, surface modifying additives circuit, SMA group). Blood samples were taken before, during, and after CPB. Postoperative blood loss, number of transfused blood products, and postoperative variables were recorded. RESULTS: The platelet count decreased less in the SMA group compared to the control group (end of CPB: respectively, 165 +/- 9 x 10(3)/mm3 vs 137 +/- 8 x 10(3)/mm3; p < 0.01). This was paralleled by a reduction in beta-thromboglobulin plasma levels in the SMA group. There was a trend to decreased blood loss in the SMA group, but the difference was significant only in patients taking aspirin preoperatively (p < 0.05). In the SMA group nearly 50% less fresh frozen plasma and platelet units were administered (p < 0.01). No operative deaths were observed. CONCLUSIONS: The use of circuits with surface additives is clinically safe, preserves platelet levels, and attenuates platelet activation. This may lead to a reduced need for blood products. [less ▲]

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See detailCytokine Release and Neutrophil Activation Are Not Prevented by Heparin-Coated Circuits and Aprotinin Administration
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg; Larbuisson, Robert ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2000), 69(4), 1084-91

BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) initiates a whole-body inflammatory response where complement and neutrophil activation and cytokine release play an important role. This prospective trial ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) initiates a whole-body inflammatory response where complement and neutrophil activation and cytokine release play an important role. This prospective trial examined the effects of both heparin-coated circuits and aprotinin on the inflammatory processes during CPB, with respect to cytokine release and neutrophil activation. METHODS: Two hundred patients undergoing cardiac surgery were randomized in four groups of 50 patients each: heparin-coated circuit with aprotinin (HCO-A) or without aprotinin (HCO) administration, and uncoated circuit with aprotinin (C-A) or without aprotinin administration (C). In groups receiving aprotinin, a high-dose regimen was given. In all groups, high initial doses of heparin were used (3 mg/kg intravenously). Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-8, and myeloperoxidase and elastase levels were measured in plasma samples taken before, during, and after CPB. RESULTS: In all groups, the TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-8 levels reached a maximum after protamine administration. After 24 hours, they remained significantly elevated (IL-6 and IL-8) or returned to baseline values (TNF-alpha). A similar pattern was observed with myeloperoxidase and elastase levels. No significant intergroup differences were observed. CONCLUSIONS: CPB is associated with cytokine release and neutrophil activation, which are not attenuated by the use of heparin-coated circuits or by the administration of aprotinin. Aprotinin and heparin-coated circuits do not show additive effects. [less ▲]

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