Plasticity in the Brain: Influence of Bilateral Carotid Body Resection (bCBR) on Central CO2 Sensitivity
We investigated the effect of bilateral carotid body resection (bCBR) in a patient with bilateral carotid body tumors on central CO2 sensitivity. We applied multiple square-wave changes in end-tidal CO2 and measured ventilation before the first surgery and at regular intervals for 3 years after surgery. The data were analyzed using a two-compartment model of the ventilatory control system. bCBR resulted in the loss of the fast response to CO2, and a sharp reduction in the magnitude of central CO2 sensitivity (a reduction of about 80% within 3 months after bCBR). Central CO2 sensitivity gradually increased to pre-operative values within 2 years after surgery. These observations are a strong indication for (1) the existence of a tonic influence from the peripheral chemoreceptors of the carotid bodies on central CO2 drive; (2) absence of any recovery of the peripheral drive after bCBR; and (3) neural plasticity causing the regeneration of central drive after bCBR.
KeywordsCarotid Body Ventilatory Response Carotid Body Tumor Peripheral Chemoreceptor SDHD Gene
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