Terlipressin bolus induces systemic vasoconstriction in septic shock

Mark J Peters, Rachelle A Booth, Andy J Petros
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2004, 5 (2): 112-5

OBJECTIVE: To report the use of a synthetic, long-acting, vasopressin analog, terlipressin, as an effective vasoconstrictor in septic shock.

DESIGN: Case report.

SETTING: A 22-bed pediatric intensive care unit in a tertiary referral center.

PATIENT: An 11-yr-old male with multiple-organism Gram-negative septic shock with high normal cardiac output as assessed by pulse contour analysis and low systemic vascular resistance despite norepinephrine infusion.

INTERVENTION: Two peripherally administered doses of terlipressin (0.5 mg).

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Each dose of terlipressin was associated with a rapid increase in systemic vascular resistance, despite weaning and discontinuation of norepinephrine infusion from 0.15 lasting approximately 6 hrs.

CONCLUSION: Terlipressin may be useful for sepsis-induced vasodilation.

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