The role of cerebral metabolism in determining the local cerebral blood flow effects of volatile anesthetics: evidence for persistent flow-metabolism coupling.


Journal Article

The effects of equipotent doses of halothane (1.05%) versus isoflurane (1.38%) anesthesia on CMRglc were determined autoradiographically using the 2-[14C]deoxyglucose technique in the rat. Eight anatomically standardized coronal sections were selected and digitized from the autoradiographs. Mean CMRglc was determined for hemispheric, neocortical, and subcortical regions at each anatomic level, and a neocortical/subcortical CMRglc ratio was calculated. In addition, the current CMRglc autoradiographs, as well as previous CBF autoradiographs obtained under identical experimental conditions were examined to characterize and compare flow/metabolism relationships for the two anesthetics. For this analysis, CBF was determined in 80 selected anatomic areas, and the values from each area were plotted against CMRglc values obtained from identical areas. In all major regions, mean CMRglc was greater with halothane than with isoflurane. The neocortical/subcortical ratio, reflecting the pattern of CMRglc distribution, was also greater during halothane anesthesia. This suggests that isoflurane has a disproportionate effect on neocortical metabolism resembling patterns previously seen for CBF. Analysis of CBF versus CMRglc plots for each anesthetic group showed two parallel lines with nearly identical slopes, but different Y intercepts. We conclude that the distribution of CMRglc observed during 1 MAC (minimum alveolar concentration) halothane and isoflurane anesthesia parallels the distribution of CBF. This finding supports the conclusion that flow-metabolism coupling is intact during halothane and isoflurane anesthesia, and that drug induced changes in cerebral metabolism may play an important role in determining the CBF response to that drug. Furthermore, there is evidence that, at a given level of CMRglc, isoflurane may have greater vasodilating capabilities than halothane.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hansen, TD; Warner, DS; Todd, MM; Vust, LJ

Published Date

  • June 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 323 - 328

PubMed ID

  • 2715204

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2715204

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0271-678X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/jcbfm.1989.50


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States