Early cerebral hyperglycolysis after subarachnoid haemorrhage correlates with favourable outcome

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BACKGROUND: Intracerebral microdialysis (MD) was applied in patients with severe subarachnoid haemorrhage treated in a neurosurgical intensive care unit in order to explore their cerebral energy metabolism.

METHOD: Brain MD fluid levels of glucose, lactate and pyruvate were measured for 3 to 12 days in 20 patients and 2,635 hourly samples were analysed. The MD data were related to computerized tomography and clinical outcome, assessed by the Glasgow Outcome Scale.

FINDINGS: The study showed that most patients who made a good recovery had a specific curve pattern when plotting the studied metabolites over time, characterised by a distinct decrease in MD-glucose and a parallel increase in both MD-lactate and pyruvate. Patients who had an unfavourable outcome lacked this distinct curve pattern and exhibited more irregular changes, including increased levels of both MD-glucose and lactate and low MD-pyruvate levels.

INTERPRETATION: This exploratory study suggests that accumulation of interstitial lactate and pyruvate, together with decreasing levels of glucose is a favourable prognostic pattern presumably reflecting increased glucose metabolism. Such hyperglycolysis may be elicited in patients with recovery potential to cope with an extreme metabolic demand set in motion by a brain insult to restore brain cell homeostasis and integrity.


  • K G Cesarini
  • P Enblad
  • E Ronne-Engström
  • N Marklund
  • K Salci
  • P Nilsson
  • H-G Hårdemark
  • L Hillered
  • L Persson
Externa organisationer
  • Uppsala universitet, Historiska institutionen


Sidor (från-till)1121-31
Antal sidor11
TidskriftActa Neurochirurgica
StatusPublished - 2002 nov
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa