Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Propofol-Induced General Anesthesia in Young Adults

Sourish Chakravarty1, Ksenia Nikolaeva1, Devika Kishnan1, Francisco Javier Flores2, Patrick L Purdon, Emery N Brown

  • 1Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2Massachusetts General Hospital



4-Page Contributed Papers (Poster)


12:00 - 13:45 | Mon 6 Nov | Auditorium Foyer, E1/E2, Upper Atrium Space | MLunch_Break

Lunch, Posters and POC Technologies Demonstrations – Session I


Target controlled infusion (TCI) of intraveneous anesthetics can assist clinical practitioners to provide improved care for General Anesthesia (GA). Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) models help in relating the anesthetic drug infusion to observed brain activity inferred from electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. The parameters in popular population PK/PD models for propofol-induced GA (Marsh and Schnider models) are either verified based on proprietary functions of the EEG signal which are difficult to correlate with the neurophysiological models of anesthesia, or the marker itself needs to be estimated simultaneously with the PD model. Both these factors make these existing paradigms challenging to apply in real-time context where a patient-specific tuning of parameters is desired. In this work, we propose a simpler EEG marker from frequency domain description of EEG and develop two corresponding PK/PD modeling approaches which differ in whether they use existing population-level PK models (approach 1) or not (approach 2). We use a simple deterministic parameter estimation approach to identify the unknown PK/PD model parameters from an existing human EEG data-set. We infer that both approaches 1 and 2 yield similar and reasonably good fits to the marker data. This work can be useful in developing patient-specific TCI strategies to induce GA.

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