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J Thorac Dis. 2014 Mar;6 Suppl 1:S60-9. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.10.22.

Cerebral oximetry in cardiac anesthesia.

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  • 11 Anesthesiology Clinic, University Hospital of Larissa, Greece ; 2 Anesthesiology Department, University Hospital of Larisa, Greece ; 3 Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, "Saint Luke" Private Hospital, Thessaloniki, Panorama, Greece ; 4 Pulmonary Department-Oncology Unit, "G. Papanikolaou" General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece ; 5 Surgery Department (NHS), University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Greece ; 6 Internal Medicine Department, "Theageneio" Anticancer Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece ; 7 Cardiology Department, "Saint Luke" Private Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece ; 8 Anesthesiology Department, "Saint Luke" Private Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece ; 9 Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, University Hospital of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece.


Cerebral oximetry based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is increasingly used during the perioperative period of cardiovascular operations. It is a noninvasive technology that can monitor the regional oxygen saturation of the frontal cortex. Current literature indicates that it can stratify patients preoperatively according their risk. Intraoperatively, it provides continuous information about brain oxygenation and allows the use of brain as sentinel organ indexing overall organ perfusion and injury. This review focuses on the clinical validity and applicability of this monitor for cardiac surgical patients.


Cerebral; anesthesia; brain; cardiac; monitor; oximetry; surgery

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