Arterial-jugular bulb differences in pCO2, lactate, serum sodium and C-reactive protein in neurocritical patients
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KeywordsLactate Emergency Medicine Encephalitis Glasgow Coma Scale Potential Usefulness
An observational study. Between 1 January and 31 October 2013 we included neurocritical patients (NCP) with multimodal neuromonitoring (MMN). Daily samples of arterial blood and venous jugular bulb blood were obtained for measuring pCO2, lactate, serum sodium and CRP.
A suitable correlation is observed for the arterial-jugular bulb in different variables. There is a significant difference in CRP and pCO2 values being persistently higher in the jugular, particularly for CRP. Studies are required to define its interpretation and potential usefulness.
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