Neurocritical Care

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 152–162 | Cite as

Cerebral Microdialysis in Traumatic Brain Injury and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: State of the Art

  • Marcelo de Lima Oliveira
  • Ana Carolina Kairalla
  • Erich Talamoni Fonoff
  • Raquel Chacon Ruiz Martinez
  • Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira
  • Edson Bor-Seng-ShuEmail author
Essentials and Basics


Cerebral microdialysis (CMD) is a laboratory tool that provides on-line analysis of brain biochemistry via a thin, fenestrated, double-lumen dialysis catheter that is inserted into the interstitium of the brain. A solute is slowly infused into the catheter at a constant velocity. The fenestrated membranes at the tip of the catheter permit free diffusion of molecules between the brain interstitium and the perfusate, which is subsequently collected for laboratory analysis. The major molecules studied using this method are glucose, lactate, pyruvate, glutamate, and glycerol. The collected substances provide insight into the neurochemical features of secondary injury following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and valuable information about changes in brain metabolism within a short time frame. In this review, the authors detail the CMD technique and its associated markers and then describe pertinent findings from the literature about the clinical application of CMD in TBI and SAH.


Microdialysis Metabolism Brain injury Monitoring Subarachnoid hemorrhage Critical care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo de Lima Oliveira
    • 1
  • Ana Carolina Kairalla
    • 1
  • Erich Talamoni Fonoff
    • 1
  • Raquel Chacon Ruiz Martinez
    • 2
  • Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira
    • 1
  • Edson Bor-Seng-Shu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Neurological Surgery, Hospital das Clinicas, School of MedicineUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Discipline of Surgical Technique, Department of Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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