Gastric Mucosal Tonometry in Daily ICU Practice

  • T. Uhlig
  • G. Pestel
  • K. Reinhart


As a guide to therapy for critically ill patients, reliable monitoring parameters are indispensable to maintain homeostasis. Invasive techniques like direct hemodynamometry or pulmonary catheterization, laboratory parameters like blood lactate or results from blood gas analysis, mixed venous saturation (SvO2) or base excess, provide important information, facilitating adequate fluid therapy, or therapy with inotropes if necessary. All methods mentioned have to be interpreted cautiously in light of their quality as global parameters. Conclusive data about regional oxygen debt is not possible. The regional blood flow of the splanchnic region has gained special interest in recent years; it has even been called the “canary of the body” [1]. The need to monitor this eminently sensitive area is therefore undisputed.


Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Gastric Tonometry Splanchnic Perfusion Mixed Venous Saturation Splanchnic Region 
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