Assessing the brain using near-infrared spectroscopy during postoperative ventricular circulatory support

Carmen Giacomuzzi, Eileen Heller, Brian Mejak, Jamie You, Ross Ungerleider, Gary (Michael) Silberbach

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Due to many innovative techniques and technologies, the overall rate of survival for infants undergoing surgical repair of congenital cardiac malformations is excellent. Despite these excellent outcomes, neonates with hypoplasia of the left heart represent a very unique population, and pose difficult challenges for the entire team involved in care. Despite some centers reporting outstanding outcomes, overall rate of survival rate is reported at only 53 percent,1 and survivors often show neurodevelopmental deficits. Many attempts have been made to identify predictors of neurologic outcomes, with heavy concentration around the pre- and peri-operative periods. Little attention has been paid, however, to assessing how attempts at balancing the systemic and pulmonary circulation affect neurodevelopmental outcomes. In the past, we have reported excellent rates of survival with use of routine postoperative circulatory support to augment cardiac output.2,3 This strategy, nonetheless, is still widely debated. It seems plausible that, by augmenting cardiac output in the immediate postoperative period, cerebral perfusion and oxygenation can be optimized, thereby improving neurologic outcomes. In this review, we describe our experience to date in assessing neurological outcomes, and discuss whether outcomes are associated with cerebral saturation and extraction of oxygen during the period of postoperative circulatory assist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-158
Number of pages5
JournalCardiology in the Young
Volume15
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

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Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Postoperative Period
Nervous System
Pulmonary Circulation
Brain
Cardiac Output
Perfusion
Newborn Infant
Oxygen
Technology
Population

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Assessing the brain using near-infrared spectroscopy during postoperative ventricular circulatory support. / Giacomuzzi, Carmen; Heller, Eileen; Mejak, Brian; You, Jamie; Ungerleider, Ross; Silberbach, Gary (Michael).

In: Cardiology in the Young, Vol. 15, No. SUPPL. 1, 02.2005, p. 154-158.

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Giacomuzzi, Carmen ; Heller, Eileen ; Mejak, Brian ; You, Jamie ; Ungerleider, Ross ; Silberbach, Gary (Michael). / Assessing the brain using near-infrared spectroscopy during postoperative ventricular circulatory support. In: Cardiology in the Young. 2005 ; Vol. 15, No. SUPPL. 1. pp. 154-158.
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