Mildly elevated lactate levels are associated with microcirculatory flow abnormalities and increased mortality: a microSOAP post hoc analysis

Vellinga N. A. R. , Boerma E. C. , Koopmans M., Donati A., Dubin A., Shapiro N. I. , ...More

CRITICAL CARE, vol.21, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s13054-017-1842-7
  • Title of Journal : CRITICAL CARE


Background: Mildly elevated lactate levels (i.e., 1-2 mmol/L) are increasingly recognized as a prognostic finding in critically ill patients. One of several possible underlying mechanisms, microcirculatory dysfunction, can be assessed at the bedside using sublingual direct in vivo microscopy. We aimed to evaluate the association between relative hyperlactatemia, microcirculatory flow, and outcome.