Vasopressin analog terlipressin attenuates kidney injury in hemorrhagic shock. Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: In hemorrhagic shock (HS), volume replacement with crystalloid solution can restore the hemodynamic status and decrease mortality. However, it can also lead to tissue edema and pulmonary congestion, as well as increasing vascular permeability. Here, we analyzed the effects that resuscitation with lactated Ringer's solution (LRS) or administration of the vasopressin analog terlipressin has on renal function in a porcine model of HS. Methods: Using pressure-controlled bleeding, we induced pigs to HS, maintaining mean arterial pressure (MAP) at 40 mm Hg for 30 min. Animals were divided into 4 groups: sham (anesthesia only); shock-only (HS induction); shock+LRS (HS induction and subsequent resuscitation with LRS at 3 times the volume of blood removed); and shock+Terli (HS induction and subsequent bolus administration of 2 mg of terlipressin). Parameters were evaluated at baseline, then at 30, 60, and 120 min after treatment (T30, T60, and T120, respectively). Animals were euthanized at T60 or T120. Results: Both treatments restored MAP to baseline values. At T30 and T60, creatinine clearance was highest in shock+LRS pigs, whereas it was highest in shock+Terli pigs at T120. Both treatments initially induced hyponatremia, although urinary excretion of all ions was higher in shock+LRS pigs at T30. Both treatments restored Na-K-2Cl cotransporter expression, whereas only terlipressin restored aquaporin 2 expression. Both treatments also prevented HS-induced acute tubular necrosis. Expression of the vasopressin receptors V1a and V2 was highest in shock-only pigs. At T120, V1a expression was lowest in shock+LRS pigs. Discussion: Terlipressin might be useful for preventing HS-induced acute kidney injury.

published proceedings

  • Trauma Surg Acute Care Open

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Cardoso de Castro, L. U., Ida, K. K., Otsuki, D. A., Sanches, T. R., Volpini, R. A., Borges, E., Malbouisson, L., & Andrade, L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Cardoso de Castro, Letícia Urbano||Ida, Keila Kazue||Otsuki, Denise Aya||Sanches, Talita Rojas||Volpini, Rildo A||Borges, Emilyn da Silva||Malbouisson, Luiz-Marcelo Sá||Andrade, Lúcia

publication date

  • September 2016


  • BMJ  Publisher