Distinct alterations in sublingual microcirculatory blood flow and hemoglobin oxygenation in on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Bektaş Atasever, Christa Boer, Peter Goedhart, Jules Biervliet, Jan Seyffert, Ron Speekenbrink, Lothar Schwarte, Bas de Mol, Can Ince, B. van Mol

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The authors hypothesized that cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) (on-pump) is associated with more severe changes in the microcirculatory blood flow and tissue oxygenation as compared with off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. An observational study. A university hospital and teaching hospital. Patients undergoing on-pump (n = 24) or off-pump (n = 24) cardiac surgery. Microcirculatory measurements were performed before CPB and 10 minutes after the switch to CPB or before and during cardiac luxation in off-pump patients. Sublingual microcirculatory perfusion was investigated using side-stream dark field imaging, and sublingual microcirculatory oxygenation was measured using reflectance spectrophotometry. Conversion to CPB resulted in an increase in cardiac output from 4.0 ± 0.2 to 4.8 ± 0.3 L/min (p < 0.01) and a 40% reduction in arterial hemoglobin concentration. Cardiopulmonary bypass was associated with an increase in venular blood velocity from 349 ± 201 μm/s to 563 ± 227 μm/s (p < 0.05), a reduction in functional capillary density of 43%, and an increase in hemoglobin oxygenation of the red blood cells in the remaining filled capillaries from 47.2% ± 6.1% to 59.7% ± 5.2% (p < 0.001). The decrease in cardiac output during cardiac luxation from 4.5 ± 1.7 to 1.8 ± 0.8 L/min (p < 0.01) without hemoglobin changes was associated with a complete halt of capillary blood flow and a reduction in maximum capillary blood velocity from 895 ± 209 to 396 ± 178 μm/s (p < 0.01). The functional capillary density remained unchanged, whereas the hemoglobin oxygenation declined from 64.2% ± 9.1% to 48.6% ± 8.7% (p < 0.01). On-pump and off-pump cardiac surgery are associated with distinct alterations in sublingual microcirculatory perfusion and hemoglobin oxygenation. Although on-pump surgery results in a fall out of capillaries resulting in decreased oxygen extraction, off-pump surgery results in a cessation of flow during luxation resulting in decreased convection of oxygen transport
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-790
JournalJournal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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