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Hemodynamic and metabolic effects of a new pediatric dobutamine formulation in hypoxic newborn pigs

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posted on 2023-06-09, 04:30 authored by Victoria E Mielgo, Adolf Vallis-i-Soller, Juan M Lopez de Heredia, Heike RabeHeike Rabe, Carmen Rey-Santano
Background: The aim of our study was to measure drug-related changes in hemodynamics and oxygen metabolism in response to different doses of an age-appropriate dobutamine formulation in hypoxic pigs. A secondary aim was to validate superior vena cava flow (SVCF) as a marker of cardiac index (CI) for subsequent clinical trials of this formulation in humans. Methods: Newborn pigs (n=18) were exposed to 2h-hypoxia (10-15% oxygen) followed by reoxygenation (21-30% oxygen 4h). After 1h-reoxygenation, pigs were randomized to: control group (no treatment), dobutamine infusion at a rate of 10-15µg/kg/min or 15-20µg/kg/min. Dobutamine groups received two dobutamine doses during 30min with a 60min washout period between doses. Cardiovascular profile and oxygen metabolism were monitored. In four animals an ultrasonic perivascular flow probe was placed around superior vena cava to measure SVCF. Results: Hypoxia significantly decreased CI, systemic-vascular-resistance and mean-arterial-bloodpressure (MABP). Dobutamine doses significantly increased heart-rate, CI and oxygen-delivery without changes in stroke-volume and MABP. Only 10-15µg/kg/min increased oxygen consumption and peripheral tissue oxygenation measured by Near-infrared-spectroscopy. A positive correlation was observed between SVCF and CI. Conclusion: The new pediatric dobutamine formulation improved hemodynamic status, with dose-specific differences in metabolic response. SVCF may be a useful surrogate for CI in subsequent clinical trials.


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