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Describe the HPA axis and ACTH levels in response to stress.

CRH released from hypothalamus causes release of ACTH from anterior pituitary, ACTH causes adrenals to release cortisol. Normal mech is that increasing levels of cortisol cause the ACTH production to slow down or stop, in stress response you have failure of that feedback mechanism. Will have elevated cortisol and ACTH.


What is the sympathetic nervous systems response to stress on the adrenal medulla?

Sympathetic nervous system releases catecholamines from adrenal medulla. NE increases from presynaptic nerve terminals leading to tachycardia and hypertension.


Describe the effects stress has on renal function.

-renin release causes conversion of angiotensin I to II, angiotensin II cause a release of aldosterone leading to Na+ retention and therefore fluid retention. Likely to have edema. Also K+ loss.


Describe the effects stress has on pancreatic and hepatic function.

Pancreatic: glucagon release.

Increased Glucagon stimulates glycogen breakdown in the liver to be released as glucose.

Decreased insulin release and little development of insulin resistance leading to hyperglycemia.

-mobilization of free fatty acids from lipid stores to be used as fuel.


During a stress response which hormones from the Anterior Pituitary are being released? Posterior pituitary?

Describe the effects each hormone has during a stress response.

-ACTH, GH, Prolactin


-ACTH: increased ACTH leads to increase in cortisol and glucocorticoids from the adrenal cortex.

-GH: increased GH leads to increased blood sugar as it antagonizes insulin. May also have positive role in wound healing.

-Prolactin: Increased prolactin d/t decreased prolactin inhibiting factor.

-ADH: increased ADH leads to further increase in ACTH. Increased ADH promotes water retention and concentrated urine.


What does cortisol do?

-promotes protein breakdown and gluconeogenesis
-inhibits glucose use by the cells and increases blood glucose
-promotes lipolysis leading to further increase in blood glucose
-has glucocorticoid anti-inflamm effects
-has mineralocorticoid effects causing fluid retention and K+ loss.


Why do insulin levels decrease with stress response?

Concentration of insulin decreases after induction of anesthesia and during trauma by inhibition of Beta cells in the pancreas by the alpha-2 adrenergic effects of catecholamines.


How are the thyroid hormones affected by stress?

May be unaltered or decreased during surgery, total and free T3 decrease after surgery and return to normal after several days.

TSH concentrations decrease after the first 2 hrs and then return to normal.

Changes are related to catecholamines and cortisol.


Describe carbohydrate metabolism during a stress response.

Catabolic hormones promote glucose production, there is lack of insulin and peripheral insulin resistance d/t cortisol, Catecholamines, and GH.


What are some SE of perioperative hyperglycemia?

Wound infection

Impaired wound healing


Describe the effects of increased cortisol and cytokine concentration on protein metabolism under stress.

What are the consequences of this?

Increased cortisol and cytokine concentration promote:
-catabolism of proteins and skeletal muscle
*these may be used by the liver for energy or to make new proteins like acute phase proteins.

*Albumin production is reduced and alters extracellular volume.

-weight loss and muscle wasting.


Describe what happens to lipid metabolism during stress response.

Lipolysis and ketone production.


-produced from?
-most important cytokine associated with surgery?


Produced from activated Mfs, fibroblasts, endothelial and glial cells.

Function: mediators of immunity and inflammation.

Most important cytokine associated with surgery is IL-6.


Effects of IL-6

Causes teh acute phase response;

-produces acute phase proteins such as fibrinogen, CRP, complement, ceruloplasmin

These acute phase proteins cause:
-fever, granulocytosis, hemostasis, tissue damage limitation, and promotion of healing


Cytokine production is limited by?



How might opioids be helpful during surgery?

Opioids decrease the stress response by suppressing the hypothalmic and pituitary hormone secrtion.

Ex. fentanyl and morphine.


Anesthetic drugs:
-how might these be helpful in surgery?
-what are some medications?

Etomidate: suppresses cortisol production

Benzodiazepines: inhibit steroid production at level of pituitary.

Clonidine: inhibits stress responses mediated by sympathetic nervous system.


Regional Anesthesia:
-how does this reduce the stress response?

aka: epidural/spinal anesthesia

Stress response:
-reduces glucose, ACTH, cortisol, GH, and epinephrine changes.

-excellent analgesia
-reduces thromboembolic complications
-improved pulmonary function
-reduced paralytic ileus.


What are some techniques for modification of the stress response?

Surgical technique: laparoscopic vs open, decreased cytokine release in minimally invasive surgeries.


Hormone therapy: insulin infusion +/- glucose may reduce excess protein breakdown.

Maintenance of normothermia


T/F, the magnitude andd duration of the stress response are directly proportional to the extent of surgical injury.



--risk factors



dehiscence: wound rupture along the surgical suture.
--Risk factors: age, obesity, DM, smoking, steroids, surgical technique (poor knot tying/excessive tension), trauma or infection

Evisceration: complete dehiscence of an abd wound, abd organs are protruding out of the wound.

Cellulitis: infection of the tissue just below the skin surface.


--wet, dry, gas, other

Gangrene: necrosis of tissue occurs d/t lack of adequate vascular supply of infection.

Wet: tissue is infected, swollen, fetid smell

Dry: ischemia without infection

Gas: bacterial infection that produces gas in tissues. Clostridium perfringens

Other: necrotizing fasciitis. spreads deep along tissue planes.



Abscess: collection of pus built up within the body tissue. usually caused by bacerterial infection.

Bacteremia: presence of bacteria in the blood.

Speticemia: bacteremia that often occurs with severe infections (systemic signs and sx with organ failure) aka sepsis.


SIRS (systemic inflammatory response syndrome)
-how is this defined

-infectious or noninfectious
*noninfectious = autoimmune, pancreatitis, vasculitis, thromboembolism, burns, surgery/trauma.

Defined as 2 or more abnormalities in temp, HR, RR, or WBC count


-how is coagulation altered?

Abnormal coagulation response, IL-1 and TNF-alpha are released resulting in production of thrombin, microvascular thrombosis then occurs causing damage to the organs. (kidneys are first to go)


What would you expec to see in Sepsis/SIRS for each of the following:

-Temp greater than 38C(100.4F) or less than 36(96.8F)
-HR greater than 90
-SBP less than 90 or down 40 from where they started.
-RR greater than 20

-platelets less than 100K
-greater than 4 total bilirubin
-creatinine greater than 0.5
-increased lactate
-increased procalcitonin
- + CRP
-WBC greater than 12K or less than 4k
-acute oliguria
-arterial hypoxemia
-increased blood glucose

-altered mental status
-increased edema

*Hypotension and organ dysfunction*