The Relevance of Fluid and Blood Management Using Microcirculatory Parameters in Children Undergoing Craniofacial Surgery

KILIÇASLAN B., CANBAY Ö., Saylan A., AKINCI S. B., Tuncbilek G., Ince C.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.33, no.1, pp.264-269, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0000000000008080
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.264-269
  • Keywords: Blood transfusion, craniofacial surgery, hemorrhage, indicators, microcirculation, pediatrics, MICROVASCULAR RESPONSE, CELL TRANSFUSION, SEVERE SEPSIS, IMPACT, TIME
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Perioperative management of bleeding in children can be challenging. Microvascular imaging techniques have allowed evaluating the effect of blood transfusion on the microcirculation, but little is known about these effects in children. We aimed to investigate the effects of blood management using macro- and micro-hemodynamic parameters measurement in children undergoing craniofacial surgery. This is a prospective observational repeated measurement study including fourteen children. The indications for blood transfusion were changes of hemoglobin/hematocrit (Hct) levels, the presence of signs of altered tissue perfusion and impaired microcirculation images. Total and perfused vessel densities, proportion of perfused vessels, microvascular flow index, and systemic parameters (hemoglobin, Hct, lactate, mixed venous oxygen saturation, K+, heart rate, mean arterial blood pressure) were evaluated baseline (T1), at the end of the surgical bleeding (T2) and end of the operation (T3). Four patients did not need a blood transfusion. In the other 10 patients who received a blood transfusion, capillary perfusion was higher at T3 (13[9-16]) when compared with the values of at T2 (11[8-12]) (P < 0.05) but only 6 patients reached their baseline values. Although blood transfusions increased Hct values (17 +/- 2.4 [T2]-19 +/- 2.8 [T3]) (P < 0.05), there was no correlation between microvascular changes and systemic hemodynamic parameters (P > 0.05). The sublingual microcirculation could change by blood transfusion but there was not any correlation between microcirculation changes, hemodynamic, and tissue perfusion parameters even with Hct values. The indication, guidance, and timing of fluid and blood therapy may be assessed by bedside microvascular analysis in combination with standard hemodynamic and biochemical monitoring for intraoperative bleeding in children.