Egional blood flows in newborn lambs during endotracheal continuous airway pressure and continuous negative pressure breathing

J. A. Furzan, G. Gabriele, J. M. Wheeler, D. E. Fixler, C. R. Rosenfeld

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Cardiovascular changes resulting from continuous distending alveolar pressure during endotracheal intubation (CPAP) and continuous negative pressure (CNP) were studied in two groups of healthy newborn lambs at 6 and II mm Hg and —6 and —11 mm Hg, respectively. Heart rate, left ventricular pressure, and arterial blood gases were unchanged in each group. Cardiac output decreased 16 and 15% at 6 and 11 mm Hg CPAP (P < 0.05), respectively, whereas a fall of 9% occurred at both —6 and —11 mm Hg CNP (P > 0.05). Central venous pressure (mm Hg) rose from a control value of 7.0 ± 1.4 (mean ± S.E.) to 11 ± 3.1 and 12 ± 2.7 at 6 and 11 mm Hg CPAP (P < 0.025). respectively, and decreased from a control of 7.7 ± 0.7 to 5.8 ± 0.5 at —6 mm Hg CNP and 4.8 ± 1.3 at —11 mm Hg CNP (P < 0.05). Jugular venous pressure also rose progressively with increasing CPAP (P < 0.05), but was unchanged during CNP. Regional blood flow to the liver fell at both 6 and 11 mm Hg CPAP, whereas renal and gastrointestinal blood flows showed a tendency to decrease at 11 mm Hg CPAP. The removal of CPAP resulted in a prompt return of venous pressure, cardiac output, and regional blood flows to control values. Reductions in blood flows to the gastrointestinal tract at —6 mm Hg CNP and spleen at —11 mm Hg CNP were observed; blood flows returned toward control values when CNP was removed. Speculation: The application of continuous distending airway pressure may have potentially deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system of infants with normal or improving lung compliance. The increase in venous pressures that occurs may contribute to the development of intracranial hemorrhage in the neonate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)874-878
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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