Serkan Emre Eroğlu, Gökhan Aksel, Hayrullah Yönak, Merve Osoydan Satıcı

University of Health Sciences, Umraniye Training and Research Hospital, Emergency Medicine Clinic, Istanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Stroke, Cerebrovascular disorders, Diagnosis, Diagnosis emergency department


Objectives: In this study it was aimed to investigate whether measurement of potential changes of cerebral oxygenation saturations due to ischemic or hemorrhagic cerebrovascular diseases have an early diagnostic and prognostic value.

Methods: Adult patients (≥18 years old) having acute ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke were included in the study. Patients under 18-year-old, those with incomplete data or suspicious diagnosis were excluded.

The cerebral oxygen saturations of the patients were compared with the healthy subjects. Patients were also grouped according to their clinical outcomes; good clinical status (group 1) and poor clinical status (group 2). These groups were compared according to the patients’ cerebral oxygen saturations.

Results: The mean oxygen saturation of the patients and healthy people were similar (59.48% ± 10.6 versus 58.44% ± 9.6). There was no difference between patients and healthy population according to cerebral oxygen saturations. Furthermore, mean oxygen levels were also similar between the hemisphere without lesion and with lesion in the patients group (59.8% ± 11.8 versus 59.2% ± 10.4).

When the patients were grouped according to their clinical status, there were 30 patients in group 1 and 15 in group 2. The cerebral oxygen saturations of the hemisphere with lesion were similar between these groups and no statistical difference was observed (59.2% ± 9.3 versus 59.1% ± 12.6, p = 0.9). There was also no statistical difference between the groups when delta oxygen levels of the affected and unaffected hemispheres of the groups were calculated (0.9% ± 6.1 versus 0.13% ± 8.4, p = 0.7).

Conclusion: Results of this study revealed that there was no difference in cerebral oxygen saturations measured by near-infrared cerebral oximetry system between the patients with cerebrovascular disease and healthy population. Furthermore, our results did not support that the cerebral oxygen saturations may be used for determining the prognosis of the patients with cerebrovascular disease.