Cardiac Output Response to Vasopressin Infusion In Abdominal Surgery Patients Under Mechanical Ventilation

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Updated on 7 July 2021


In this study, the investigators propose to explore the hemodynamic variations induced by vasopressin and its influence on cardiac output, mean systemic pressure, and venous return resistance measured through cardiopulmonary interactions, according to the approach proposed by Guyton, in patients undergoing major abdominal surgeries.


Maintaining hemodynamic stability is one of the main objectives of the anesthesiologist or the intensivist, either in the ICU or the OR. This consists of optimizing cardiac output to ensure satisfactory systemic perfusion during the peri-operative period or the ICU stay. The occurrence of oxygen debt (mismatch between oxygen consumption and transport) and/or tissue hypoperfusion are key factors in the development of organ failure. Numerous studies have shown in recent years that individualized hemodynamic optimization (cardiac output and organ perfusion pressure) reduces the risk of postoperative and ICU morbidity and mortality.

Monitoring of cardiac output and stroke volume is a valuable and essential aid in determining the therapies to be used for this optimization, whether it involves volume expansion or the use of a vasopressor or even inotropic agent.

Several vasopressor therapies have been available to date. Norepinephrine is currently the reference in the treatment of vasoplegic shock states, but also in the operating room during major surgery or in fragile patients. Other molecules are currently available and are used in a disparate manner, according to the habits of each practitioner, sometimes outside regulatory rules, not following international recommendations concerning the pathology in question: adrenaline, dopamine, phenylephrine, terlipressin...

Vasopressin (D-arginine-D-vasopressin) is an endogenous hormone synthesized by the hypothalamus (peptide composed of 9 amino acids) which has an antidiuretic renal action through its V2 receptor but also a vasoconstriction activity through its V1a receptor, at the level of the smooth muscles of the vascular wall. It also participates in the stimulation of catecholamine secretion by the adrenal medulla. Vasopressin is commercially available under the name "argipressin". It is currently indicated as an adjunct to other vasopressors such as norepinephrine in refractory septic shock to maintain satisfactory hemodynamic stability.

However, its vasoconstrictive and hemodynamic effects, including its influence on cardiac output, have never been studied to date and to the knowledge of investigators. In particular, there are no studies showing the influence of this molecule on mean systemic pressure and venous return resistance, which are fundamental determinants of its impact on left heart function and thus on cardiac output.

In this study, the investigators propose to explore the hemodynamic variations induced by vasopressin and its influence on cardiac output, mean systemic pressure, and venous return resistance measured through cardiopulmonary interactions, according to the approach proposed by Guyton.

Condition Artificial respiration, Vasopressin Infusion, General Anesthesia, general anaesthetic, Major Abdominal Surgery, mechanical ventilation, general anaesthesia
Treatment Vasopressin, Arginine
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04935814
SponsorUniversity Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand
Last Modified on7 July 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Adults above 18
Planned for a major abdominal surgery under general anesthesia
Under mechanical ventilation
Presence of a central venous and arterial lines allowing transpulmonary thermodilution cardiac output measurement
Patient's consent with a social insurance

Exclusion Criteria

Do not consent to participate
History of heart attack, arteriopathy or aneurysm
Contraindication to use transpulmonary thermodilution to measure cardiac output
cardiac arrythmia
presence of pace-maker or defibrillator
severe valvulopathy
Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (according to Berlin criteria)
History of arterial hypertension (treated or not)
History of seizure, chronic headache, asthma or heart failure
Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) < 45% or right ventricular dysfunction
History of pulmonary lobectomy or surgery
History of restrictive or obstructive pulmonary disease
Body Mass Index (BMI) < 15 or > 40 kg/m
Known allergy to vasopressin
Patients under protection of justice (guardianship, curators...)
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