Early-phase changes of extravascular lung water index as a prognostic indicator in acute respiratory distress syndrome patients

Takashi Tagami, Toshiaki Nakamura, Shigeki Kushimoto, Ryoichi Tosa, Akihiro Watanabe, Tadashi Kaneko, Hidetada Fukushima, Hiroshi Rinka, Daisuke Kudo, Hideaki Uzu, Akira Murai, Makoto Takatori, Hiroo Izumino, Yoichi Kase, Ryutarou Seo, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yasuhide Kitazawa, Junko Yamaguchi, Manabu Sugita, Hiroyuki TakahashiYuichi Kuroki, Takashi Kanemura, Kenichiro Morisawa, Nobuyuki Saito, Takayuki Irahara, Hiroyuki Yokota

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Background: The features of early-phase acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are leakage of fluid into the extravascular space and impairment of its reabsorption, resulting in extravascular lung water (EVLW) accumulation. The current study aimed to identify how the initial EVLW values and their change were associated with mortality. Methods: This was a post hoc analysis of the PiCCO Pulmonary Edema Study, a multicenter prospective cohort study that included 23 institutions. Single-indicator transpulmonary thermodilution-derived EVLW index (EVLWi) and conventional prognostic factors were prospectively collected over 48 h after enrollment. Associations between 28-day mortality and each variable including initial (on day 0), mean, maximum, and Δ (subtracting day 2 from day 0) EVLWi were evaluated. Results: We evaluated 192 ARDS patients (median age, 69 years (quartile, 24 years); Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score on admission, 10 (5); all-cause 28-day mortality, 31%). Although no significant differences were found in initial, mean, or maximum EVLWi, Δ-EVLWi was significantly higher (i.e., more reduction in EVLWi) in survivors than in non-survivors (3.0 vs. −0.3 mL/kg, p = 0.006). Age, maximum, and Δ-SOFA scores and Δ-EVLW were the independent predictors for survival according to the Cox proportional hazard model. Patients with Δ-EVLWi > 2.8 had a significantly higher incidence of survival than those with Δ-EVLWi ≤ 2.8 (log-rank test, χ2 = 7.08, p = 0.008). Conclusions: Decrease in EVLWi during the first 48 h of ARDS may be associated with 28-day survival. Serial EVLWi measurements may be useful for understanding the pathophysiologic conditions in ARDS patients. A large multination confirmative trial is required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Intensive Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 1


  • Acute lung injury
  • Hemodynamics
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Transpulmonary thermodilution
  • Vascular permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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