Assessing outcome after hyperthermia in a rat model of intracerebral hemorrhage

  • Author / Creator
    Penner, Mark
  • Hyperthermia worsens outcome after ischemia. While it seems reasonable that hyperthermia would also worsen outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), clinical studies attempting to find a causative relationship between hyperthermia and outcome have been inconclusive. We induced ICH with an injection of autologous whole blood (100 μl) immediately followed by 3 hours of hyperthermia (HYPER; 39°C) or normothermia (NORMO; 37°C). Surprisingly, hyperthermia reduced edema at 72 hours, and improved outcome on day 3 post-ICH. There were no behavioural differences at later time points (day 11 and 32 post-ICH) and no difference in lesion volume (NORMO 14.0 mm3, HYPER: 14.5 mm3). Overall, this study does not support the hypothesis that mild, transient hyperthermia worsens outcome after ICH. Further research is needed to determine if more severe or prolonged hyperthermia worsens outcome, or if the cause of hyperthermia (e.g. infection) is important.

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    Fall 2010
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    Master of Science
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