An epidural cooling catheter protects the spinal cord against ischemic injury in pigs

Atsuo Mori, Toshihiko Ueda, Takashi Hachiya, Nobuyuki Kabei, Hideyuki Okano, Ryohei Yozu, Tatsuumi Sasaki

研究成果: Article査読

14 被引用数 (Scopus)


Background. Using swine, we investigated whether epidural placement of a cooling catheter rather than infusing iced saline solution could protect the spinal cord from ischemia during aortic surgery. Methods. We divided 14 domestic pigs into two groups of 7 each. Each underwent epidural catheter placement preceding 30 minutes of aortic cross-clamping distal to the origin of the left subclavian artery. In group 1, cold water was circulated continuously through the lumen of the catheter connected to an external unit. In group 2, animals received catheter placement without cooling. Spinal cord somatosensory evoked potentials were recorded. Neurologic status involving hind limbs was graded sequentially after surgery. Results. At aortic cross-clamping, spinal temperature in group 1 (31.7° ± 0.6°C) was significantly lower than in group 2 (37.8° ± 0.4°C; p < 0.0001). No significant elevation of intrathecal pressure accompanied cooling with the catheter (group 1, 8.1 ± 1.7 mm Hg; group 2, 8.0 ± 1.5 mm Hg). Mean duration of total loss of potentials was significantly shorter in group 1 (7.4 ± 3.8 minutes) than group 2 (19.7 ± 7.3 minutes; p = 0.0002). Pigs in group 1 exhibited better hind limb function recovery (mean Tarlov score, 4.7 ± 0.5) than group 2 (0.6 ± 0.8; p = 0.0017). Group 1 showed normal histologic characteristics, whereas group 2 showed loss of motor neurons in the ventral horns. Conclusions. Epidural cooling catheter without iced saline infusion can cool the spinal cord without elevating intrathecal pressure, protecting the cord against ischemia.

ジャーナルAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
出版ステータスPublished - 2005 11月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 外科
  • 呼吸器内科
  • 循環器および心血管医学


「An epidural cooling catheter protects the spinal cord against ischemic injury in pigs」の研究トピックを掘り下げます。これらがまとまってユニークなフィンガープリントを構成します。