Postresuscitation disease

Crit Care Med. 1988 Oct;16(10):942-6. doi: 10.1097/00003246-198810000-00004.


The postresuscitation disease is a specific pathophysiologic state of vital organ systems early after ischemic anoxia. This report summarizes reviews of past research and makes suggestions for future research concerning revival of the cerebral cortex after clinical death, CNS stimulation vs. sedation, postischemic coma and pain, near-death experiences, and extracerebral derangements. The stages of resuscitation when the CNS should be stimulated and those when it is preferable to depress the activity of not fully recovered higher centers remain to be clarified. Future research in reanimatology should include the chemical nature of endotoxins in terminal states. Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS, shock lung), a component of the postresuscitation disease, occurs frequently after cardiac arrest or in sepsis and cannot be fully prevented by artificial ventilation. Prevention of ARDS should also be studied.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology*
  • Coma / physiopathology
  • Death
  • Heart Arrest / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / etiology
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Resuscitation* / adverse effects