Temperature selection in antegrade cerebral perfusion for aortic arch surgery: a meta-analysis

David H. Tian, Justin Weller, Shaheen Hasmat, Ourania Preventza, Paul Forrest, Hosen Kiat, Tristan D. Yan

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    Background: The increasing use of antegrade cerebral perfusion (ACP) during aortic arch surgery has corresponded with a trend towards warmer target temperatures for hypothermic circulatory arrest. This meta-analysis examined the clinical outcomes using colder or warmer circulatory arrest targets with ACP.

    Methods: Electronic searches were performed using four databases from their inception to February 2017. Comparative studies with adult patients who underwent aortic arch surgery using ACP at different circulatory arrest temperatures were included. Data were extracted by 2 independent researchers and analyzed according to predefined endpoints using a random-effects model.

    Results: The literature search identified 18 comparative studies, with 1,215 patients in the “cold” cohort and 1,417 in the “warm” cohort. Mean hypothermic circulatory arrest temperatures were 20.3°C and 26.5°C in the cold and warm groups, respectively. A trend existed for increased permanent neurologic deficit overall when colder targets were used (odds ratio, 1.45; 95% confidence interval, 0.98 to 2.13; p = 0.06); this became significant when adjusted estimates were aggregated (odds ratio, 1.65; 95% confidence interval, 1.06 to 2.55; p = 0.03). No difference in the mortality rate was seen when adjusted effects were aggregated. Temporary neurologic deficit, postoperative dialysis, ventilator time, and intensive care unit stay were significantly reduced in the warm cohort overall. No significant differences in reexploration for bleeding were found.

    Conclusions: ACP with warmer circulatory arrest temperatures may reduce the incidence of permanent neurological deficit, as well as potentially other clinical outcomes. Further studies are required to determine the safe circulatory arrest durations for visceral organs at warmer temperatures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)283-291
    Number of pages9
    JournalThe Annals of thoracic surgery
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


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