Consensus meeting on microdialysis in neurointensive care

Intensive Care Med. 2004 Dec;30(12):2166-9. doi: 10.1007/s00134-004-2461-8. Epub 2004 Nov 10.


Background: Microdialysis is used in many European neurointensive care units to monitor brain chemistry in patients suffering subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Discussion: We present a consensus agreement achieved at a meeting in Stockholm by a group of experienced users of microdialysis in neurointensive care, defining the use of microdialysis, placement of catheters, unreliable values, chemical markers, and clinical use in SAH and in TBI.

Conclusions: As microdialysis is maturing into a clinically useful technique for early detection of cerebral ischemia and secondary brain damage, there is a need to following such definition regarding when and how to use microdialysis after SAH and TBI.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Injuries* / classification
  • Brain Injuries* / metabolism
  • Brain Ischemia / metabolism
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Glutamic Acid / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Intracranial Pressure
  • Lactates / metabolism
  • Microdialysis / methods*
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage* / classification
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage* / metabolism
  • Sweden


  • Lactates
  • Glutamic Acid