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Anesthesiology. 1981 Jun;54(6):474-80.

Pharmacokinetics and plasma binding of thiopental. II: Studies at cesarean section.


This study was undertaken to investigate the effect of pregnancy on the disposition of thiopental and to determine the major factors which influence the placental transfer of the drug to the fetus. Maternal venous (MV) and umbilical venous (UV) and arterial (UA) blood samples were collected at delivery from 11 pregnant women at term who received thiopental for induction of anesthesia for elective cesarian section. A detailed study of the pharmacokinetics of thiopental was carried out in 7 of these subjects and blood samples were collected for 80 to 100 hours following thiopental administration. A transient rise in thiopental plasma concentration was observed at delivery. Mean values of pharmacokinetic parameters (plus or minus SD) were: initial distribution volume (V1) 17.31 (plus or minus 8.5), apparent volume of distribution (Vdbeta) 564 1 (plus or minus 343), volume of distribution at steady state (Vss) 2881 (plus or minus 180), systemic plasma clearance (Clp) 0.286 l/min (plus or minus 0.156), rate of change of volume of distribution at zero time (RVd0) 1.03 l/min (plus or minus 0.36) and elimination half-life (t1/2) 26.1 h (plus or minus 12.6). Comparison of these data with our previously reported data in nonpregnant surgical patients shows that Vdbeta, Vss, T1/2 are significantly greater at cesarian section (P less than 0.05) and that systemic plasma clearance shows a similar trend. UA and UV values at delivery were similar within individuals. There was no correlation between the ratio UV/MV at delivery and the dosing-delivery interval (delta t), or between UV and the administered dose or delta t. There were good correlations between UV (corrected for dose) and the reciprocals of V1, Vdbeta, Vss, and plasma clearance of thiopental. This demonstrates that differences in maternal distribution and elimination characteristics of thiopental may be more important determinants of intersubject differences in fetal drug exposure than differences in dose or delta t.

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