Dynamics of rabbit brain edema in focal lesion and perilesion area after traumatic brain injury: a MRI study.
ABSTRACT Abstract To understand the dynamics of brain edema in different areas after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rabbit, we used dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to monitor blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and cytotoxic brain edema after weight drop-induced TBI in rabbit. The dynamics of BBB permeability and brain edema were quantified using K(trans) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in the focal and perifocal lesion areas, as well as the area contralateral to the lesion. In the focal lesion area, K(trans) began to increase at 3 h post-TBI, peaked at 3 days, and decreased gradually while remaining higher than sham injury animals at 7 and 30 days. ADC was more variable, increased slightly at 3 h, decreased to its lowest value at 7 days, then increased to a peak at 30 days. In the perifocal lesion area, K(trans) began to increase at 1 day, peaked at 3-7 days, and returned to control level by 30 days. ADC showed a trend to increase at 1 day, followed by a continuous increase thereafter. In the contralateral area, no changes in K(trans) and ADC were observed at any time-point. These data demonstrate that different types of brain edema predominate in the focal and perifocal lesion areas. Specifically cytotoxic edema was predominant in the focal lesion area while vasogenic edema predominated in the perifocal area in acute phase. Furthermore, secondary opening of the BBB after TBI may appear if secondary injury is not controlled. BBB damage may be a driving force for cytotoxic brain edema and could be a new target for TBI intervention.
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ABSTRACT: Blood brain barrier (BBB) compromise is a key pathophysiological component of secondary traumatic brain injury characterized by edema and neuroinflammation in a previously immune-privileged environment. Current assays for BBB permeability are limited by working size, harsh extraction processes, suboptimal detection via absorbance, and wide excitation fluorescence spectra. In this study, we evaluate the feasibility of Alexa Fluor 680, a far-red dye bioconjugated to dextran, as an alternative assay to improve resolution and sensitivity.Journal of Surgical Research 05/2014; · 2.02 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The status of autoregulation is an important prognostic factor in traumatic brain injury (TBI), and is important to consider in the management of TBI patients. Pressure reactivity index (PRx) is a measure of autoregulation that has been thoroughly studied, but little is known about its variation in different subtypes of TBI. In this study, we examined the impact of PRx and cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) on outcome in different TBI subtypes. 107 patients were retrospectively studied. Data on PRx, CPP, and outcome were collected from our database. The first CT scan was classified according to the Marshall classification system. Patients were assigned to "diffuse" (Marshall class: diffuse-1, diffuse-2, and diffuse-3) or "focal" (Marshall class: diffuse-4, evacuated mass lesion, and non-evacuated mass lesion) groups. 2 × 2 tables were constructed calculating the proportions of favorable/unfavorable outcome at different combinations of PRx and CPP. Low PRx was significantly associated with favorable outcome in the combined group (p = 0.002) and the diffuse group (p = 0.04), but not in the focal group (p = 0.06). In the focal group higher CPP values were associated with worse outcome (p = 0.02). In diffuse injury patients with disturbed autoregulation (PRx >0.1), CPP >70 mmHg was associated with better outcome (p = 0.03). TBI patients with diffuse injury may differ from those with mass lesions. In the latter higher levels of CPP may be harmful, possibly due to BBB disruption. In TBI patients with diffuse injury and disturbed autoregulation higher levels of CPP may be beneficial.Neurocritical Care 02/2014; · 3.04 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To use DCE-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion-weighted imaging to evaluate the hyperbaric oxygen efficacy (HBO) in experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI). Forty-two rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: TBI, TBI + HBO, sham group, sham + HBO. The TBI + HBO and sham + HBO received a total of 10 HBO treatments within 7 days following TBI, and MRI was performed within a month after TBI. Functional assessments were performed pre-TBI, and at 1 and 30 days. In focal lesion area, K(trans) in TBI + HBO group was lower than TBI group at both acute and subacute phase (p < 0.05). ADC was higher in TBI + HBO group than TBI group at acute phase (p < 0.01), but lower at subacute phase (p < 0.05). In perifocal area, K(trans) were lower in TBI + HBO group than TBI group at acute phase (p < 0.01) after TBI. ADC was lower in the TBI + HBO group than in the TBI group at both acute and subacute phase (p < 0.01).The VCS was higher in TBI + HBO group than TBI group at 30 days (p < 0.05). HBO could improve the impaired BBB and cytotoxic edema after TBI and promote the recovery of neurofunction.Neurological Sciences 08/2013; · 1.41 Impact Factor