versión impresa ISSN 0210-5691
REVUELTO-REY, J.; EGEA-GUERRERO, J.J.; MUNOZ-SANCHEZ, M.A. y MURILLO-CABEZAS, F.. Cerebral microdialysis in the current clinical setting. Med. Intensiva [online]. 2012, vol.36, n.3, pp.213-219. ISSN 0210-5691.
Cerebral microdialysis, introduced in experimental studies 40 years ago, has been used clinically since 1992 for the neurochemical monitoring of patients in intensive care. The principles underlying this technique are closely related to brain metabolism. The study of the metabolites detected at brain interstitial tissue level, through the semipermeable membrane of the device, allows us to assess different physiological pathways in the brain, analyzing the changes that occur when they become less efficient in terms of energy, and also detecting waste products secondary to tissue damage. Despite its current limitations, this technique provides relevant information for research and the clinical management of critical neurological patients.
Palabras clave : Microdialysis; Cerebral metabolism; Brain injury; Diagnosis.