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Efficacy of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract and Carotid Artery Velocity Time Integral as Predictors of Fluid Responsiveness in Patients with Sepsis and Septic Shock

Citation Information : Efficacy of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract and Carotid Artery Velocity Time Integral as Predictors of Fluid Responsiveness in Patients with Sepsis and Septic Shock. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (3):310-316.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23764

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Background: Transthoracic echocardiography is a reliable method to measure a dynamic change in left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral (LVOTVTI) and stroke volume (SV) in response to passive leg raising (PLR) and can predict fluid responsiveness in critically ill patients. Measuring carotid artery velocity time integral (CAVTI) is easier, does not depend on adequate cardiac window, and requires less skill and expertise than LVOTVTI. The aim of this study is to identify the efficacy of ΔCAVTI and ΔLVOTVTI pre- and post-PLR in predicting fluid responsiveness in critically ill patients with sepsis and septic shock. Methods: After the institutional ethics committee's clearance and informed written consent, 60 critically ill mechanically ventilated patients aged 18–65 years were recruited in this prospective parallel-group study with 20 patients in each group: sepsis (group S), septic shock (group SS), and control (group C). Demographic parameters and baseline acute physiology, age and chronic health evaluation-II and sequential organ failure assessment scores were noted. LVOTVTI, SV, and CAVTI were measured before and after PLR along with other hemodynamic variables. Patients having a change in SV more than 15% following PLR were defined as “responders.” Results: Twenty-three patients (38.33%) were responders. Area under receiver-operating characteristic curve for ΔCAVTI could predict responders in control and sepsis patients only. The correlation coefficients between pre- and post-PLR ΔCAVTI and ΔLVOTVTI were 0.530 (p = 0.016), 0.440 (p = 0.052), and 0.044 (p = 0.853) in control, sepsis, and septic shock patients, respectively. Conclusion: Following PLR, ΔCAVTI does not predict fluid responsiveness in septic shock patients and the correlation between ΔCAVTI and ΔLVOTVTI is weak in septic shock patients and only modest in sepsis patients.

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