The pathophysiology of complications after laparoscopic colorectal surgery: Role of baroreflex and chemoreflex impairment.


Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Transfusiology, Kuban State Medical University, 350063, Krasnodar, Sedin str., 4, Russian Federation. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : The aim of this study was to assess the dynamics of baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) during laparoscopic colorectal surgery in patients with different chemoreflex sensitivity assessed with breath-holding test.
METHODS : The study included 80 patients (mean age, 68 ± 7 years) who underwent routine laparoscopic colorectal surgery under general/epidural anaesthesia. Patients were retrospectively divided into two groups: with normal (breath-holding duration ≥38 s, group N [n = 42]) or high (breath-holding duration <38 s, group H [n = 38]) chemoreflex sensitivity. BRS was initially evaluated after arterial catheter placement before induction, after induction, after pneumoperitoneum, after extubation, and 6 h and 24 h after extubation.
RESULTS : Average BRS was significantly lower in the group with high peripheral chemoreflex sensitivity at all time points. The use of pneumoperitoneum did not significantly influence BRS in either group. After the surgery and 6 h after extubation, no significant changes were observed. After 6 h of the surgery, 11.9% of patients in group N and 57.8% of those in group H (p < 0.05) had severe baroreflex dysfunction (BRS < 3 ms/mmHg). After 24 h, only two patients in group N (vs 13 [34.2%] in group H, p < 0.05) had this dysfunction.
CONCLUSIONS : Patients with high chemoreflex sensitivity have lower BRS, and it decreases further after anaesthesia induction. The recovery process can take up to 24 h, with an increased risk of perioperative complications in patients with high preoperative chemoreflex sensitivity. The use of pneumoperitoneum does not significantly affect BRS.



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