Preoperative cardiorespiratory trends in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

J Pediatr Surg. 1995 Apr;30(4):604-11. doi: 10.1016/0022-3468(95)90142-6.


The objective of this study was to determine the cardiovascular and pulmonary adaptations of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) from birth until delayed surgery through the use of continuous monitoring. Continuous cardiovascular (HR, heart rate variability [HR-SD], BP, blood pressure variability [BP-SD], and oxygen saturation) and ventilatory (minute volume, airway pressure, and effective compliance) measurements were made on-line, using a computerized whole-body plethysmograph-incubator (Vital-trends, VT1000), in nine ventilated infants with CDH. Data collection commenced at birth and continued until surgery. Minute mean values for each variable were recorded. Hourly means were computed from the minute means, averaged across infants each hour over the first 50 hours of life, and regressed against postnatal age. Results showed a significant increase in BP (P < .01), BP-SD (P < .05), HR-SD (P < .04), and pH (P < .02) versus postnatal age, and a decrease in PaCO2 (P < .04), FIO2 (P < .001), Alveolar-arterial oxygen gradient (P < .003), and oxygenation index (P < .002). Infants with CDH show cardiopulmonary trends over the first 2 days of life that are qualitatively similar to those of normal newborn infants. Deviation from these idealized patterns may identify an infant who is not responding satisfactorily to the given therapy and who may require alternative treatment modalities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Hemodynamics / physiology*
  • Hernia, Diaphragmatic / physiopathology*
  • Hernia, Diaphragmatic / surgery
  • Hernia, Diaphragmatic / therapy
  • Hernias, Diaphragmatic, Congenital*
  • Humans
  • Incubators, Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Plethysmography, Whole Body
  • Respiration / physiology*
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Time Factors