Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Crit Care Med. 2002 Jan;30(1):107-12.

Low-dose prostacyclin preserves renal function in high-risk patients after coronary bypass surgery.

Author information

  • 1Department of Nephrology, University Hospital Charité, Berlin, Germany.



Renal failure after bypass is still a threatening problem prolonging hospital care and reducing overall survival. The following pilot study was aimed to analyze whether perioperative low-dose prostacyclin infusion is able to preserve renal function in a selected group of patients who according to a poor cardiac function were stratified as high risk for the development of renal failure after bypass.


Prospective randomized study.


Tertiary care university medical center.


Thirty-four patients scheduled for primary cardiac bypass surgery were included in the study (prostacyclin n = 17, control n = 17). Inclusion criteria were normal renal function before surgery and a cardiac ejection fraction <40%.


Low-dose prostacyclin (2 ng/kg/min) was added to the standard anesthetic protocol. Infusion was started immediately before surgery and was continued for a maximum of 48


Significant differences in the endogenous creatinine clearance were found between the prostacyclin and the control group. Whereas there was a significant drop in the creatinine clearance at 6 hrs after surgery in the control group with a prolonged recovery period, values in the prostacyclin group remained stable. Creatinine clearance before intervention was 100 +/- 22 mL/min in the control group and 91 +/- 22 mL/min in the prostacyclin group, values at 24 hr were 68 +/- 34 mL/min vs. 103 +/- 37 mL/min, respectively (p < .01). Significant findings in favor for the prostacyclin group were also found for urine output and the fractional excretion rate of sodium.


This first pilot study indicates that low-dose prostacyclin may be of substantial value for preserving renal function in high-risk patients after coronary bypass surgery.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk