Postural hemodynamic changes after turning to prone position


  • Микола Віталійович Лизогуб SI “Sytenko Institute of Spine and Joint Pathology AMS of Ukraine” Pushkinskaya street, 80, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 61024, Ukraine



hemodynamics, supine position, prone position, thoracic rheography, body mass index


Background of study. Prone position is one of the most complex positions for anesthesiologist as it is accompanied by several physiological changes that can lead to specific complications. Hemodynamic changes are most controversial.

Aim of study was to establish hemodynamic changes in non-anaesthetized patients in prone position depending on body mass index.

Material and methods. We examined central hemodynamics in 40 patients the day before surgery using thoracic rheography in supine position, in prone position 5 min after turning and in prone position 20 min after turning. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to body mass index (18-25 and 26-35).

Results. Patients with normal body weight did not have any hemodynamic changes after turning to prone position. Patients with increased body weight had higher cardiac index. After turning to prone position obese patients’ cardiac output and cardiac index reduced 22% comparing with supine position. After 20 min in prone position these hemodynamic parameters were found to be reduced to the same level.

Conclusion. Significant hemodynamic changes after turning from supine to prone position were revealed only in patients with increased body mass index. In these patients cardiac index in prone position was reduced by 22% comparing to supine position

Author Biography

Микола Віталійович Лизогуб, SI “Sytenko Institute of Spine and Joint Pathology AMS of Ukraine” Pushkinskaya street, 80, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 61024

Candidate of Medical Sciences

Head of Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy


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