Treatment of Hypoxemia During One-Lung Ventilation Using Intravenous Almitrine

Department of Anesthesiology, Hôpital Foch, Université Paris-Ouest, Suresnes, France.
Anesthesia & Analgesia (Impact Factor: 3.47). 04/2004; 98(3):590-4, table of contents. DOI: 10.1213/01.ANE.0000099715.40831.2A
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We performed this prospective randomized double-blinded study to assess the ability of almitrine to treat hypoxemia during one-lung ventilation (OLV). Twenty-eight patients were anesthetized with propofol, sufentanil, and atracurium; lung separation was achieved with a double-lumen tube. A transesophageal Doppler probe was inserted to evaluate cardiac index. If SpO(2) was equal to or decreased to <95% during OLV (inspired fraction of oxygen of 0.6), patients were included in the study and received a placebo or almitrine (12 microg x kg(-1) x min(-1) for 10 min followed by 4 microg x kg(-1) x min(-1)) infusion until SpO(2) reached 90% or decreased to <90% (exclusion from the study). Eighteen of the 28 patients were included and received either almitrine (n = 9) or a placebo (n = 9). Treatment was discontinued in 1 patient in the almitrine group and 6 in the placebo group (P < 0.05). Treatment was successful (SpO(2) remaining >or=95% during OLV) in 8 patients in the almitrine group and 1 in the placebo group (P < 0.01). Heart rate, arterial blood pressure, and cardiac index did not change throughout the study, but we could obtain an adequate aortic blood flow signal in only half of the patients. Almitrine could be used to treat hypoxemia during OLV. IMPLICATIONS: IV almitrine improves oxygenation during one-lung ventilation without hemodynamic modification. Such treatment could be used when conventional ventilatory strategy fails to treat hypoxemia or cannot be used.

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