Intraoperative physiologic variables and outcome in cardiac surgery: Part II. Neurologic outcome.

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BACKGROUND: The impact of alterable physiologic variables on neurologic outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting procedures is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine whether minimum intraoperative hematocrit, maximum glucose concentration, or mean arterial pressure during cardiopulmonary bypass influences risk-adjusted neurologic outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS: Outcome data from 2,862 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting were merged with intraoperative physiologic data. A preoperative stroke risk index was calculated for each patient. Variables found significant by univariate logistic regression were tested in a multivariable model to determine association with outcome. RESULTS: The incidence of stroke or coma in the study population was 1.3%. After controlling for stroke risk and bypass time, only an index of low mean arterial pressure during bypass retained a significant inverse association with outcome (p = 0.0304). CONCLUSIONS: This study found no evidence that glucose concentration or minimum hematocrit are associated with major adverse neurologic outcome. The association between lower pressure during bypass and decreased incidence of stroke or coma persisted in all risk groups. This points to mechanisms other than hypoperfusion as the primary cause of neurologic injury associated with cardiac surgery.

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Cited Authors

  • van Wermeskerken, GK; Lardenoye, JW; Hill, SE; Grocott, HP; Phillips-Bute, B; Smith, PK; Reves, JG; Newman, MF

Published Date

  • April 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1077 - 1083

PubMed ID

  • 10800797

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-4975

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0003-4975(99)01443-5


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands