Association between sympathetic response, neurogenic cardiomyopathy, and venous thromboembolization in patients with primary subarachnoid hemorrhage.


Journal Article

INTRODUCTION: Sympathetic activation promotes hemostasis, and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is associated with pronounced sympathetic activation. This investigation will assess whether catecholaminergic activity relates to venous thrombotic events in patients with acute SAH. METHODS: Observational study of consecutive SAH grade 3-5 patients requiring ventriculostomy insertion who did not undergo open surgical treatment of cerebral aneurysm. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were obtained within 48 h of hemorrhage for assay of catecholamines, which were related to occurrence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolization (PE). RESULTS: Of the 92 subjects, mean age was 57 years, 76% were female, and 57% Caucasian; 11% experienced lower extremity (LE) DVT, 12% developed upper extremity (UE) or LE DVT, and 23% developed any DVT/PE. Mean time to occurrence of UE/LE DVT was 7.8 days (+/-5.9 days), and mean time to development of PE was 8.8 days (+/-5.4 days). In hazards analysis models, independent predictors of LE DVT included neurogenic cardiomyopathy (NC) [HR 4.97 (95%CI 1.32-18.7)], norepinephrine/3,4-dihydroxyphenylglycol ratio (NE/DHPG) [3.81 (2.04-7.14)], NE [5.91 (2.14-16.3)], and dopamine (DA) [2.27 (1.38-3.72)]. Predictors of UE/LE DVT included NC [5.78 (1.70-19.7)], cerebral infarction [4.01 (1.18-13.7)], NE [3.58 (1.40-9.19)], NE/DHPG [3.38 (1.80-6.33)] and DA [2.01 (1.20-3.35)]. Predictors of DVT/PE included Hunt-Hess grade (H/H) [3.02 (1.19-7.66)], NE [2.56 (1.23-5.37)] and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) [3.49 (1.01-12.0)]. CONCLUSIONS: In severe SAH, central sympathetic activity and clinical manifestations of (nor)adrenergic activity relate to the development of venous thromboemboli. Catecholamine activation may promote hemostasis, or may represent a biomarker for venous thromboses.

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Cited Authors

  • Moussouttas, M; Bhatnager, M; Huynh, TT; Lai, EW; Khoury, J; Dombrowski, K; DeCaro, M; Pacak, K

Published Date

  • August 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 155 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1501 - 1510

PubMed ID

  • 23636336

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23636336

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0942-0940

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00701-013-1725-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Austria