The effects of calcium antagonists on EEG, evoked potentials and neurologic recovery after complete global brain ischemia for 15 minutes in dogs.

The effects of three calcium antagonists on the recovery from neurologic damages after complete global brain ischemia were examined by evaluating the change of a electroencephalogram (EEG), evoked potentials (EP) and a neurologic recovery score (NRS) in dogs. Fifteen minutes global brain ischemia was achieved by occluding the ascending aorta and the caval veins. Nicardipine (NC), flunarizine (FL) and diltiazem (DL) were administered with continuous infusions for three days after the ischemia. The EEG-EP scores (0 : no response - 6 : normal) 3 hr after the ischemia were 1.4 +/- 0.4 (mean +/- SE) in the control, 2.2 +/- 0.3 in the NC, 2.2 +/- 0.4 in the FL and 2.1 +/- 0.2 in the DL. There were no significant differences between the 4 groups. The survival rates on the 7th day after the ischemia were 67% (6/9) in the control, 78% (7/9) in the NC, 56% (5/9) in the FL and 89% (8/9) in the DL. No significant differences were presented between the 4 groups. The NRSs (0 : death - 100 : normal) on the 7th day were 40.3 +/- 7.3 in the control, 59.0 +/- 8.5 in the NC, 63.2 +/- 9.7 in the FL and 55.7 +/- 3.3 in the DL. Each treated group showed a tendency to have a higher NRS than that in the untreated control group. The NRS in all dogs treated by the Ca(++) antagonists on the 7th day was 58.7 +/- 4.1, which was significantly higher than that in the control group ( P < 0.05). We conclude that the continuous administration of calcium antagonists for three days after the global brain ischemia would be beneficial for the neurologic recovery.
AuthorsK Ono, N Iwatsuki, M Takahashi, T Tajima, Y Hashimoto
JournalJournal of anesthesia (J Anesth) Vol. 5 Issue 2 Pg. 114-22 (Apr 1991) ISSN: 0913-8668 [Print] Japan
PMID15278643 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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