Stress-Induced Hyperglycemia After Spontaneous Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Its Role in Predicting Cerebrospinal Fluid Diversion

Bappaditya Ray, Ayumi Ludwig, Lori K. Yearout, David M. Thompson, Bradley N. Bohnstedt

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Background Stress-induced hyperglycemia (SIH) after acute cerebrovascular disease is common and is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. The incidence of SIH after spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and its role in shunt placement have not been systematically investigated. The present study is designed to investigate the incidence of SIH after spontaneous SAH and its determinants. The role of SIH and premorbid hyperglycemia (using glycated hemoglobin [HbA1c]) in predicting external ventricular drainage (EVD) and ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) placement is also investigated. Methods This study defined SIH using the glycemic gap (GG) and admission glucose:HbA1c ratio. The receiver operating characteristic curve determined threshold values for GG and the ratio that best predicted incidence of adverse clinical outcomes, including in-hospital mortality. Results We defined SIH using thresholds of 26.7 mg/dL for GG and 26 mg/dL for admission glucose:HbA1c ratio. The incidence of SIH was higher in patients with aneurysmal SAH (aSAH) (99/200 [49.5%]) than in those with nonaneurysmal SAH (16/50 [32.0%]; P = 0.03). Among 200 patients with aSAH, diabetics had higher mortality than nondiabetics (10/24 [41.7%] vs. 39/137 [21.2%]; P = 0.045). SIH among nonhydrocephalic aSAH was more likely to have EVD placed than those without (42/64 [65.6%] vs. 38/79 [48.1%]; P = 0.043). Among 143 patients with aSAH without hydrocephalus, EVD was placed more often in those with HbA1c level ≥6.4% (15/19 [78.9%] vs. 65/124 [52.4%]; P = 0.045). Neither SIH nor HbA1c level could predict VPS placement among aSAH survivors. Conclusions SIH is common after aSAH. In nonhydrocephalic aSAH, both SIH and premorbid uncontrolled hyperglycemia determine EVD but not VPS placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-215
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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