Intraperitoneal Carbon Dioxide Insufflation and Cardiopulmonary Functions: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Pigs

Hung S. Ho, Robert A. Gunther, Bruce M. Wolfe

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We studied the effects of laparoscopic cholecystectomy on respiratory and hemodynamic function in eight adult pigs. Minute ventilation was adjusted to normalize baseline arterial blood gases, then fixed throughout carbon dioxide insufflation. A metabolic measurement cart recorded total CO2 excretion, oxygen consumption, and minute ventilation. Carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum was maintained at a constant pressure of 15 mm Hg as cholecystectomy was performed. After 1 hour of insufflation, CO2 excretion increased from 115±10 mL/min to 149±9 mL/min but O2 consumption remained unchanged. The PaCO2 increased from 35±2 mm Hg to 49±3 mm Hg and arterial pH fell from 7.47±0.02 to 7.35±0.03. Systemic and pulmonary hypertension occurred and stroke volume dropped from 35.5±3.5 mL to 28.6±2.2 mL with compensatory tachycardia. Right atrial pressure remained unchanged as inferior vena cava pressure increased to reflect the intraperitoneal pressure. We conclude that CO2 pneumoperitoneum resulted in significant transperitoneal CO2 absorption, with secondary hypercapnia and acidemia. The accumulation of CO2 was also associated with an increase in systemic and pulmonary arterial pressure. Heart rate increased to compensate for the decreased stroke volume to maintain cardiac output.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)928-933
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1992

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  • Surgery


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