Early human development vol:30 issue:3 pages:211-20
Prior to and 24 h following blood transfusion serial determinations of both cerebral artery flow velocity waveforms and mean arterial blood pressure have been used to reconstruct the autoregulatory curve and its upper blood pressure limit among five stable preterm infants. Prior to transfusion the autoregulatory range of cerebral blood flow (CBF) was narrow due to a relatively low-set upper blood pressure limit. At 24 h after transfusion each individual has been re-examined. Following correction of anemia both a significant reduction of CBF velocities as well as a concomitant rise of the Pulsatility Index (PI) occurred over the entire range of blood pressures indicating a reduction of CBF after transfusion. In addition a right-sided shift of the upper limit towards higher mean blood pressures occurred after transfusion and resulted in an extension of the autoregulatory plateau of CBF. These favourable effects of blood transfusion ameliorating autoregulation of brain blood flow particularly at higher blood pressures might well bear important therapeutic perspectives in our effort to prevent intracranial haemorrhage among sick preterm infants.