Brain tissue oxygen-directed management and outcome in patients with severe traumatic brain injury: Clinical article

Alejandro M. Spiotta, Michael F. Stiefel, Vicente H. Gracias, Alicia M. Garuffe, W. Andrew Kofke, Eileen Maloney-Wilensky, Andrea B. Troxel, Joshua M. Levine, Peter D. Le Roux

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Object. The object of this study was to determine whether brain tissue oxygen (PbtO2)-based therapy or intracranial pressure (ICP)/cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP)-based therapy is associated with improved patient outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Methods. Seventy patients with severe TBI (postresuscitation GCS score ≤ 8), admitted to a neurosurgical intensive care unit at a university-based Level I trauma center and tertiary care hospital and managed with an ICP and PbtO2 monitor (mean age 40 ± 19 years [SD]) were compared with 53 historical controls who received only an ICP monitor (mean age 43 ± 18 years). Therapy for both patient groups was aimed to maintain ICP < 20 mm Hg and CPP > 60 mm Hg. Patients with PbtO2 monitors also had therapy to maintain PbtO2 > 20 mm Hg. Results. Data were obtained from 12,148 hours of continuous ICP monitoring and 6,816 hours of continuous PbtO2 monitoring. The mean daily ICP and CPP and the frequency of elevated ICP (> 20 mm Hg) or suboptimal CPP (< 60 mm Hg) episodes were similar in each group. The mortality rate was significantly lower in patients who received PbtO 2-directed care (25.7%) than in those who received conventional ICP and CPP-based therapy (45.3%, p < 0.05). Overall, 40% of patients receiving ICP/CPP-guided management and 64.3% of those receiving PbtO2-guided management had a favorable short-term outcome (p = 0.01). Among patients who received PbtO2-directed therapy, mortality was associated with lower mean daily PbtO2 (p < 0.05), longer durations of compromised brain oxygen (PbtO2 < 20 mm Hg, p = 0.013) and brain hypoxia (PbtO 2 < 15 mm Hg, p = 0.001), more episodes and a longer cumulative duration of compromised PbtO2 (p < 0.001), and less successful treatment of compromised PbtO2 (p = 0.03). Conclusions. These results suggest that PbtO2-based therapy, particularly when compromised PbtO2 can be corrected, may be associated with reduced patient mortality and improved patient outcome after severe TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-580
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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