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Influence of gravitational sympathetic stimulation on the Surgical Pleth Index.
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PMID:  25317683     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Surgical Plethysmographic Index (SPI), calculated from pulse photo-plethysmographic amplitude oscillations, has been proposed as a tool to measure nociception anti-nociception balance during general anaesthesia, but it is affected by several confounding factor that alter the autonomic nervous system (ANS) modulation. We hypotesised that SPI may be mainly affected by sympathetic stimulation independently from nociception. We studied the effects of two sympathetic stimuli on SPI, delivered through passive head-up tilt at 45 and 90 degrees angles, in nine awake healthy adults. The sympathetic modulation was assessed by means of heart rate variability (HRV) analysis. Mean (SD) SPI significantly increased from baseline to 45 degrees [from 38.6 (13.7) to 60.8 (7.6), p<0.001)] and to 90 degrees angle tilt [82.3 (5.4), p<0.001]. The electrocardiographic mean R-to-R interval significantly shortened during both passive tilts, whereas systolic arterial pressure did not change during the study protocol. HRV changed significantly during the study protocol towards a predominance of sympathetic modulation during passive tilt. Gravitational sympathetic stimulation at two increasing angles, in absence of any painful stimuli, affects SPI in awake healthy volunteers. SPI seems to reflect the sympathetic outflow directed to peripheral vessels.
R Colombo; A Marchi; B Borghi; T Fossali; E Tobaldini; S Guzzetti; F Raimondi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiological research / Academia Scientiarum Bohemoslovaca     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1802-9973     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol Res     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
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Created Date:  2014-10-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-16    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9112413     Medline TA:  Physiol Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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