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2019 Jul 24

Crit Care



Association of sublingual microcirculation parameters and endothelial glycocalyx dimensions in resuscitated sepsis.


Rovas A, Seidel L M, Vink H, Pohlkötter T, Pavenstädt H, Ertmer C, Hessler M, Kümpers P
Crit Care. 2019 Jul 24; 23(1):260.
PMID: 31340868.


The endothelial glycocalyx (eGC) covers the luminal surface of the vascular endothelium and plays an important protective role in systemic inflammatory states and particularly in sepsis. Its breakdown leads to capillary leak and organ dysfunction. Moreover, sepsis-induced alterations of sublingual microcirculation are associated with a worse clinical outcome. The present study was performed to investigate the associations between eGC dimensions and established parameters of microcirculation dysfunction in sepsis.