Pulsatile and nonpulsatile perfusion: the continuing controversy

J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1997 May;11(3):310-5. doi: 10.1016/s1053-0770(97)90100-2.


This report discusses pulsatile and nonpulsatile perfusion with regard to hemodynamics, cell metabolism, and the visceral consequences of these forms of cardiopulmonary bypass. It argues that differences between the two modes and a benefit for pulsatile perfusion, are most clearly manifested in identifiable high-risk patient groups.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Circulation / physiology*
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass / methods*
  • Heart Diseases / surgery
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Metabolism
  • Pulsatile Flow
  • Risk Factors
  • Vascular Diseases / surgery
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Viscera / physiology