Comparison of propofol pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models for awake craniotomy: A prospective observational study.
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BACKGROUND: Anaesthesia for awake craniotomy aims for an unconscious patient at the beginning and end of surgery but a rapidly awakening and responsive patient during the awake period. Therefore, an accurate pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) model for propofol is required to tailor depth of anaesthesia. OBJECTIVE: To compare the predictive performances of the Marsh and the Schnider PK/PD models during awake craniotomy. DESIGN: A prospective observational study. SETTING: Single university hospital from February 2009 to May 2010. PATIENTS: Twelve patients undergoing elective awake craniotomy for resection of brain tumour or epileptogenic areas. INTERVENTION: Arterial blood samples were drawn at intervals and the propofol plasma concentration was determined. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The prediction error, bias [median prediction error (MDPE)] and inaccuracy [median absolute prediction error (MDAPE)] of the Marsh and the Schnider models were calculated. The secondary endpoint was the prediction probability PK, by which changes in the propofol effect-site concentration (as derived from simultaneous PK/PD modelling) predicted changes in anaesthetic depth (measured by the bispectral index). RESULTS: The Marsh model was associated with a significantly (P = 0.05) higher inaccuracy (MDAPE 28.9 ± 12.0%) than the Schnider model (MDAPE 21.5 ± 7.7%) and tended to reach a higher bias (MDPE Marsh -11.7 ± 14.3%, MDPE Schnider -5.4 ± 20.7%, P = 0.09). MDAPE was outside of accepted limits in six (Marsh model) and two (Schnider model) of 12 patients. The prediction probability was comparable between the Marsh (PK 0.798 ± 0.056) and the Schnider model (PK 0.787 ± 0.055), but after adjusting the models to each individual patient, the Schnider model achieved significantly higher prediction probabilities (PK 0.807 ± 0.056, P = 0.05). CONCLUSION: When using the 'asleep-awake-asleep' anaesthetic technique during awake craniotomy, we advocate using the PK/PD model proposed by Schnider. Due to considerable interindividual variation, additional monitoring of anaesthetic depth is recommended. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT 01128465.
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