Lactic acid and amino acid fluctuations measured using microdialysis reflect physiological derangements in head injury. Academic Article uri icon



  • We examined the extracellular neurochemical milieu in 34 head injured patients using microdialysis while simultaneously monitoring intracranial pressure, cerebral perfusion pressure, and jugular venous oxygen saturation. Derangements of anaerobic metabolism reflected by increased lactate and lactate/pyruvate ratios, and release of amino acids were seen at the same time as physiological deterioration in the majority of instances. Clinical microdialysis may provide insights into the neurochemistry of head injury, and such information may lead to new methods of monitoring and treating head injured patients.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996



  • Amino Acids
  • Craniocerebral Trauma
  • Lactic Acid
  • Microdialysis


Scopus Document Identifier

  • 0030332801

PubMed ID

  • 8870799

Additional Document Info


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