Propofol in neonates causes a dose-dependent profound and protracted decrease in blood pressure

Ellen H.M. de Kort, Jos W.R. Twisk, Ellen P.G. van t Verlaat, Irwin K.M. Reiss, Sinno H.P. Simons, Mirjam M. van Weissenbruch

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Aim: To analyse the effects of different propofol starting doses as premedication for endotracheal intubation on blood pressure in neonates. Methods: Neonates who received propofol starting doses of 1.0 mg/kg (n = 30), 1.5 mg/kg (n = 23) or 2.0 mg/kg (n = 26) as part of a previously published dose-finding study were included in this analysis. Blood pressure in the 3 dosing groups was analysed in the first 60 minutes after start of propofol. Results: Blood pressure declined after the start of propofol in all 3 dosing groups and was not restored 60 minutes after the start of propofol. The decline in blood pressure was highest in the 2.0 mg/kg dosing group. Blood pressure decline was mainly dependent on the initial propofol starting dose rather than the cumulative propofol dose. Conclusion: Propofol causes a dose-dependent profound and prolonged decrease in blood pressure. The use of propofol should be carefully considered. When using propofol, starting with a low dose and titrating according to sedative effect seems the safest strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2539-2546
Number of pages8
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • blood pressure
  • hypotension
  • neonate
  • premedication
  • propofol

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