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BACKGROUND:Increased lactate in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has been regarded as a marker for cerebral ischemia and damage in the central nervous system. The aim of this study was to evaluate if CSF-lactate was associated with; impaired cerebral circulation, outcome, sex, age, clinical condition or treatment after subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). METHODS:This study consists of 33 patients (22 females, 11 males) with aneurysmal SAH treated at Umeå university hospital 2008-2009. Samples were obtained from external ventricular catheters 0-240 h after SAH. Normal CFS-lactate was defined as 1.2-2-1 mmol/L. Hunt & Hess scale assessed clinical condition. Impaired cerebral circulation was evaluated by clinical examination, transcranial doppler, CT-scan, and cerebral angiography. Glasgow outcome scale (GOS) evaluated outcome. RESULTS:Seventy-nine CSF-lactate samples were analysed. CSF-lactate >2.1 mmol/L was found in 25/33 (76%) patients and in 50/79 (63%) samples. No difference in CSF-lactate levels was found over time. No association was found between patients with CSF-lactate >2.1 mmol/L and; sex, severity of clinical condition, impaired cerebral circulation or outcome. CSF-lactate >2.1 mmol/L was more common in patients ≥61 years of age (p = 0.04) and in patients treated with endovascular coiling compared to surgical clipping (p = 0.0001). CONCLUSION:In patients with SAH, no association was found between increased CSF-lactate (>2.1 mmol/L) and severe clinical condition, impaired cerebral circulation or unfavourable outcome. Endovascular coiling and age ≥61 years was associated with CSF-lactate above >2.1 mmol/L.

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Journal article


Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia

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63 - 67


Dept of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. Electronic address:


Humans, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Lactic Acid, Treatment Outcome, Glasgow Outcome Scale, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Female, Male, Endovascular Procedures, Biomarkers