Objective: To determine the effect of pretreatment with exogenous surfactant on ventilator-induced decompartmentalization of TNF-α. Design and setting: Prospective, randomized, animal study in the experimental laboratory of a university. Subjects and interventions: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=102) received lipopolysaccharide either intratracheally or intraperitoneally to stimulate TNF-α production; one-half of the animals were pretreated with surfactant. Animals were ventilated for 20 min with a peak inspiratory pressure/positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) ratio of either 45/0 or 45/10 (frequency 30 bpm, I/E ratio 1:2, FIO2=1). Measurements and results: Blood gas tension and arterial pressures were recorded 1, 10, and 20 min after the start of mechanical ventilation. After the animals were killed pressure-volume curves were recorded, and bronchoalveolar lavage was performed for assessment of protein content and the small/large surfactant aggregate ratio. TNF-α was determined in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage. Pretreatment with surfactant decreased decompartmentalization of TNF-α during 45/0 ventilation. Addition of a PEEP level of 10 cm H2O reduced decompartmentalization even further. In addition, surfactant prevented deterioration in oxygenation and decreased accumulation of protein in the bronchoalveolar lavage in the zero-PEEP group. Conclusions: An excess of active surfactant decreases transfer of cytokines across the alveolar-capillary membrane similar to PEEP. The combination of PEEP and surfactant reduces decompartmentalization of TNF-α even further.

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doi.org/10.1007/s00134-002-1377-4, hdl.handle.net/1765/69257
Intensive Care Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology

Haitsma, J.J, Uhlig, U, Lachmann, U, Verbrugge, S.J.C, Poelma, D.L, & Lachmann, B.F. (2002). Exogenous surfactant reduces ventilator-induced decompartmentalization of tumor necrosis factor α in absence of positive end-expiratory pressure. Intensive Care Medicine, 28(8), 1131–1137. doi:10.1007/s00134-002-1377-4