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Circ Shock. 1987;21(1):51-7.

Beneficial effect of thyrotropin-releasing hormone in canine hemorrhagic shock.


The effects of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) on hemodynamic variables, oxygen delivery (DO2), and oxygen consumption (VO2) variables in canine hemorrhagic shock were studied. Anesthetized adult dogs were bled over 30 min to a mean arterial pressure (MAP) of 50 mm Hg. Shock was maintained at this level for half an hour. The animals were divided alternatively into two groups. In the first group (n = 5) a bolus of TRH (2 mg/kg) was given intravenously. The second group (n = 5) served as control and received equal amounts of D5W. Blood samples were obtained regularly up to 120 minutes after TRH or placebo. Differences in the two groups were statistically tested. After TRH, MAP pressure, cardiac output, and systemic vascular resistance increased significantly. DO2 improved after TRH but VO2 remained unchanged. In all dogs, sequential beta endorphin level were measured and were shown to rise after induction of shock. This data indicates that TRH may be of therapeutic benefit in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock and that beta endorphin may be an important pathophysiologic factor.

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