Elevated plasma vasopressin concentrations during endotoxin and E. coli shock.

M. F. Wilson, D. J. Brackett, P. Tompkins, B. Benjamin, L. T. Archer, L. B. Hinshaw

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Plasma vasopressin concentrations, measured by radioimmunoassay, were remarkably elevated during endotoxin and E. coli shock. The concentrations were often above 500 pg/ml in dogs and above 300 pg/ml in baboons; they reached 1200 pg/ml in two dogs and 1800 pg/ml in another. Plasma concentration in a quiet, hydrated subject is 4 pg/ml; osmoregulation is maximally effective at 20 pg/ml. Elevation of plasma vasopressin occurred by 15 minutes after beginning infusion of endotoxin or E. coli and reached concentrations of 200-350 pg/ml with a decrease in cardiac output but before hypotension, which suggests decreased thoracic blood volume and decompression of left atrial stretch receptors. Even higher vasopressin levels were associated with a reduction of arterial blood pressure. The typical pattern was an early peak elevation followed by a sustained plateau of plasma vasopressin concentration in dogs and baboons with endotoxin and/or E. coli-induced circulatory shock.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in shock research
StatePublished - 1981


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