Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes.

J Anesth. 2017 Mar 8. doi: 10.1007/s00540-017-2332-4. [Epub ahead of print]
Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes.

Author information

1
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan.
2
Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology, National Center for Child Health and Development, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.
3
Department of Anesthesiology, National Defense Medical College, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan. kenichi@masuinet.com.
4
University Farm, Facility of Agriculture, Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan.
5
United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan.
6
Center for Maternal-Fetal, Neonatal and Reproductive Medicine, National Center for Child Health and Development, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Maternal remifentanil infusion is used for minimally invasive fetal surgery or ex-utero intrapartum treatment. The fetal-to-maternal (F/M) ratio of remifentanil concentration at various dosing regimens is useful to manage remifentanil effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the F/M ratio of remifentanil at various concentrations.

METHODS:

Five pregnant ewes received continuous remifentanil infusion under propofol anesthesia. The remifentanil infusion rate was increased by 0.4 µg/kg/min every 15 min. The response to tail clamping in fetuses was assessed immediately before the change of infusion rate. Arterial remifentanil concentrations in the mother and fetus were determined at each tail clamp. After observing a loss of response to tail clamping, remifentanil infusion was terminated and the concentrations were assessed.

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RESULTS:

The median remifentanil maximum infusion rate and maternal concentration were 3.0 µg/kg/min (range 2.4-3.6) and 21.6 (range 18.0-29.9) ng/mL, respectively. During continuous infusion, the F/M ratio was 0.15 (0.07-0.17), and the slope of the linear regression for the F/M ratio versus infusion rate in each individual was -0.001 ± 0.012/μg kg min (P = 0.876 vs hypothetical value of 0). The F/M ratio at the first sampling point in the elimination phase [0.33 (0.07-0.65)] was higher (P = 0.033) than at the last sampling point during continuous infusion [0.15 (0.06-0.17)].

CONCLUSION:

The F/M ratio was constant at a steady state regardless of the remifentanil concentration up to 29.9 ng/mL, and increased in the elimination phase in pregnant ewes.

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