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.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Advances in shock research|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1981|