Impaired Cerebral autoregulation is associated with vasospasm and delayed cerebral ischemia in subarachnoid hemorrhage

Fadar Otite, Susanne Mink, Can Ozan Tan, Ajit Puri, Amir A. Zamani, Aujan Mehregan, Sherry Chou, Susannah Orzell, Sushmita Purkayastha, Rose Du, Farzaneh A. Sorond*

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Background and Purpose-Cerebral autoregulation may be impaired in the early days after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between cerebral autoregulation and angiographic vasospasm (aVSP) and radiographic delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in patients with SAH. Methods-Sixty-eight patients (54±13 years) with a diagnosis of nontraumatic SAH were studied. Dynamic cerebral autoregulation was assessed using transfer function analysis (phase and gain) of the spontaneous blood pressure and blood flow velocity oscillations on days 2 to 4 post-SAH. aVSP was diagnosed using a 4-vessel conventional angiogram. DCI was diagnosed from CT. Decision tree models were used to identify optimal cut-off points for clinical and physiological predictors of aVSP and DCI. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to develop and validate a risk scoring tool for each outcome. Results-Sixty- Two percent of patients developed aVSP, and 19% developed DCI. Patients with aVSP had higher transfer function gain (1.06±0.33 versus 0.89±0.30 P=0.04) and patients with DCI had lower transfer function phase (17.5±39.6 versus 38.3±18.2 P=0.03) compared with those who did not develop either. Multivariable scoring tools using transfer function gain >0.98 and phase <12.5 were strongly predictive of aVSP (92% positive predictive value 77% negative predictive value area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, 0.92) and DCI (80% positive predictive value 91% negative predictive value area under the curve, 0.94), respectively. Conclusions-Dynamic cerebral autoregulation is impaired in the early days after SAH. Including autoregulation as part of the initial clinical and radiographic assessment may enhance our ability to identify patients at a high risk for developing secondary complications after SAH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-682
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Cerebrovascular circulation
  • Doppler
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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