Exploring Cerebral Metabolism by Microdialysis

  • L. Persson
  • L. Hillered
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Microdialysis (MD) has been widely used for sampling of chemical substances from the interstitial fluid of the brain in experimental research. In the late 1980s, MD was introduced for studies on the human brain and neurochemical sampling was carried out in conjunction with neurosurgical procedures [1, 2, 3]. In 1992 we reported the use of intracerebral MD for chemical monitoring of brain injured patients during neurointensive care (NIC) [4]. Since then, there has been a remarkable development in the use of this technique in many neurosurgical centers. One may say that frequent chemical sampling, at the bed side, has brought NIC monitoring from a “physiological level” to a “chemical level”, and the term neurochemical monitoring has been coined to describe this development [5].


Cerebral Metabolism Brain Injured Patient Neurointensive Care Glutamate Aspartate Intracerebral Microdialysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Persson
    • 1
  • L. Hillered
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of NeurosurgeryUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Dept. of Clinical ChemistryUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden

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