Article Published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

An article by Penny Reynolds, PhD, and Bruce Spiess, MD, along with colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth University, was published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

The article is entitled “Interventional Vitamin C: A Strategy for Attenuation of Coagulopathy and Inflammation in a Swine Polytrauma Model”. Read the abstract below or click here to read the full article.

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Coagulopathy and inflammation induced by hemorrhagic shock and traumatic injury are associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Vitamin C (VitC) is an antioxidant with potential protective effects on the pro-inflammatory and pro-coagulant pathways. We hypothesized that high-dose VitC administered as a supplement to fluid resuscitation would attenuate inflammationcoagulation dysfunction, and end-organ tissue damage in a swine model of polytrauma and hemorrhage.



Male Sinclair swine (n = 24; mean body weight 27 kg) were anesthetized, intubated, mechanically ventilated, and instrumented for physiological monitoring. Following stabilization, swine were subjected to shock/traumatic injury (hypothermia, liver ischemia and reperfusion, comminuted femur fracture, hemorrhagic hypotension), resuscitated with 500mL of hydroxyethyl starch, and randomized to receive either intravenous saline (NS), low dose VitC (50mg/kg; LO), or high dose VitC (200 mg/kg; HI). Hemodynamics, blood chemistry, hematology, and coagulation function (ROTEM) were monitored to 4 hours post-resuscitation. Histological and molecular analyses were obtained for liver, kidney, and lung.



Compared to VitC animals, NS swine showed significant histological end-organ damage, elevated acute lung injury scores, and increased mRNA expression of tissue pro-inflammatory mediators (IL-1β, IL-8, TNFα), PAI-1, and TF. There were no statistically significant differences between treatment groups on MAP or univariate measures of coagulation function; however, NS showed impaired multivariate clotting function at 4 hours.



Although correction of coagulation dysfunction was modest, intravenous high-dose VitC may mitigate the pro-inflammatory/pro-coagulant response that contributes to multiple organ failure following acute severe polytrauma.



Preclinical (animal-based)



Prospective randomized controlled blinded trial