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The effects of propofol or sevoflurane on the estimated cerebral perfusion pressure and zero flow pressure.

The zero flow pressure (ZFP) is the pressure at which blood flow ceases through a vascular bed. Using transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, we investigated the effects of propofol or sevoflurane on the estimated cerebral perfusion pressure (eCPP) and ZFP in the cerebral circulation. Twenty-three healthy patients undergoing nonneurosurgical procedures under general anesthesia were studied. After induction of anesthesia using propofol, the anesthesia was maintained with either propofol infusion (n = 13) or sevoflurane (n = 10). Middle cerebral artery flow velocity, noninvasive arterial blood pressure, and end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure were recorded awake as a baseline, and during steady-state anesthesia at normocapnia (baseline end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure) and hypocapnia (1 kPa below baseline). The eCPP and ZFP were calculated using an established formula. The mean arterial blood pressure decreased in both groups. The eCPP decreased significantly in the propofol group (median, from 58 to 41 mm Hg) but not in the sevoflurane group (from 60 to 62 mm Hg). Correspondingly, ZFP increased significantly in the propofol group (from 25 to 33 mm Hg) and it decreased significantly in the sevoflurane group (from 27 to 7 mm Hg). Hypocapnia did not change eCPP or ZFP in the propofol group, but it significantly decreased eCPP and increased ZFP in the sevoflurane group.[1]

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  1. The effects of propofol or sevoflurane on the estimated cerebral perfusion pressure and zero flow pressure. Marval, P.D., Perrin, M.E., Hancock, S.M., Mahajan, R.P. Anesth. Analg. (2005) [Pubmed]
 
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