Early detection of cerebral dysfunction by quantitative EEG during cardiopulmonary-bypass period for open-heart surgery.

J. C. Hsieh*, T. Y. Lee, J. Y. Liou, H. W. Inn, C. H. Wang, Y. D. Yang, K. H. Chan, P. W. Lui, K. C. Tsen, T. T. Yiou

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Neuropsychiatric complications are well known risks of open heart surgery. In this regard cerebral damage is caused either by microembolism or insult from low perfusion pressure as a consequence of extracorporeal circulation. It seems probable that monitoring of the quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) during the surgical procedure can help minimize the incidence of neurological sequelae through early detection. Moreover, it seems important to establish whether the pre-operative EEG has a predictive value for the possible neurological outcome and whether the post-operative EEG has conclusive value for the neurological outcome and, above all to ascertain whether the peri-operative QEEG contains information valuable on the diagnosis of final neurological outcome. To elucidate the feasibility of QEEG as a means to monitor the cerebral function a study was thus undertaken. Twenty-five ASA II-IV patients with age ranging from 25-79 y/o undergoing cardiac surgery under extracorporeal circulation were enrolled for study. The types of surgery varied from coronary artery by-pass graft (CABG), valvular replacement, and excision and grafting for aortic dissecting aneurysm. 16-channel EEGs were recorded with a Cadwell Spectrum 32 in accordance with the international 10-20 system. 48 epochs (1 epoch = 2.5 seconds) of EEG recordings of pre-bypass and post-bypass periods were measured and quantitatively analyzed. Pre- & post-operatively, psychoneurological assessments were performed and correlated with the QEEG. The parameters employed in the study were absolute power, relative power, power asymmetry, and coherence. All the results of two-session comparisons were transformed into z score values. Our preliminary study revealed that there exists a specific multivariate profile of QEEG for specific disease entity. And all the patients with z score less than or equal to 3.0 turned out to be free from any significant sequelate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-149
Number of pages13
JournalMa zui xue za zhi = Anaesthesiologica Sinica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 06 1990
Externally publishedYes


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