Last updated on April 2016

Dexmedetomidine and Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to investigate how dexmedetomidine affects static and dynamic autoregulation, intracranial pressure (ICP) and cerebral oxygenation in aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) patients.

Detailed Study Description

Dexmedetomidine is a selective α2-agonist which induces sedation, anxiolysis and analgesia without respiratory depression. These effects, as well as neuroprotective properties in experimental studies would be ideal in neuroanaesthesia and in neurocritical care. Poor grade SAH patients are treated in intensive care units (ICU). These patients are sedated often with propofol. However, to assess the patient's neurology, the propofol sedation must be stopped and the wakening of the patient may take time. Dexmedetomidine would be more advantageous, allowing wakening during the infusion. However, the effects of dexmedetomidine on cerebral autoregulation are unknown in SAH patients. 15 SAH patients requiring sedation, mechanical ventilation and ICP monitoring will be rolled in to the study.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01664520

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