Clinical Evaluation of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Testing Cerebrovascular Reactivity in Patients With Carotid Artery Disease

Peter Smielewski , Marek Czosnyka , John D. Pickard , Peter J. Kirkpatrick


Background and Purpose Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) derives information about the concentrations of oxyhemoglobin (HbO2) and deoxyhemoglobin (Hb) from measurements of light attenuation caused by these chromophores. The aim of this study was to assess NIRS as a tool for testing CO2 reactivity in patients with carotid artery disease. Methods One hundred patients with symptomatic carotid occlusive disease were examined (age range, 44 to 83 years). The severity of stenosis ranged from 30\% to 100\% (median, 80\%) on the ipsilateral side and 0\% to 100\% (median, 30\%) on the contralateral side. Monitored parameters included transcranial Doppler flow velocity, changes in concentration of HbO2 and Hb, cutaneous laser-Doppler blood flow, end-tidal CO2, arterial blood pressure, and arterial oxygen saturation. Hypercapnia was induced with the use of a 5\% CO2/air mixture for inhalation. To estimate the contribution of skin flow to NIRS during reactivity testing, the superficial temporal artery was compressed, and the NIRS changes in response to the fall in laser-Doppler blood flow were recorded. Finally, reproducibility of reactivity testing was assessed in 10 patients who were subjected to repeated examinations over 3 days. Results Flow velocity– and HbO2-derived reactivity values were related to the severity of the stenosis (P=.0001 and P=.017, respectively). The correlation between the two reactivity modalities was significant (r=.49, P\\textless\.000001). The median estimated contribution of skin flow to NIRS changes was 15.8\%. Another variable affecting HbO2 signal changes during the CO2 challenge was arterial blood pressure (P=.025). Reproducibility of HbO2 reactivity was similar to flow velocity reactivity (14.3\% and 18.6\% variation, respectively). Conclusions NIRS shows potential as an alternative technique for testing CO2 reactivity in patients with carotid disease provided that conditions are carefully controlled. Marked changes in arterial blood pressure may render the NIRS reactivity indices unreliable, and the contribution from extracranial tissue must be taken into account when significant.
Author Peter Smielewski - [Addenbrooke's Hospital [University of Cambridge (CAM)]]
Peter Smielewski,,
- Addenbrooke's Hospital
, Marek Czosnyka (FEIT / PE)
Marek Czosnyka,,
- The Institute of Electronic Systems
, John D. Pickard
John D. Pickard,,
, Peter J. Kirkpatrick
Peter J. Kirkpatrick,,
Journal seriesStroke, ISSN 0039-2499, 1524-4628
Issue year1997
Keywords in Englishcarotid artery diseases, Cerebral blood flow, transcranial Doppler, vasomotor reactivity
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