Influence of plasma expansion on plasma protein binding of ketorolac

Dietrich Gravenstein, Ajit Suri, Hartmut C. Derendorf, A. Jay Koska

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Study Objective: To determine the effect of dilution with intravascular volume expanders commonly used by anesthesiologists on clinically relevant levels of free serum ketorolac. Design: In vitro study. Setting: Pharmaceutics laboratory of a medical college. Interventions: The effect of 6% hydroxyethylstarch, 5% albumin, 6% dextran 60, and lactated Ringer's solution on in vitro plasma protein binding of ketorolac was investigated by ultrafiltration. The binding was studied at three different drug concentrations: low therapeutic (0.3 μg/ml), high therapeutic (3 μg/ml), and toxic (10 μg/ml), and at two or more volume expander dilutions. Measurements and Main Results: The effect of plasma dilution on free ketorolac was consistent across all volume expanders tested and for each ketorolac concentration studied. As the plasma dilution with albumin, hydroxyethylstarch, dextran 60, or lactated Ringer's solution increased, the unbound ketorolac also increased from 3.2% to 3.3% in undiluted plasma to 5.0% to 8.7% in 50% dilution of the plasma with the investigated expanders. Dilution of plasma by only 10% resulted in a significant, but relatively minor, increase of unbound ketorolac to 3.2% to 3.8%. Conclusion: Because of the pharmacokinetic properties of ketorolac, this pharmacokinetic interaction can be expected to have only minor effects on unbound ketorolac concentrations when ketorolac is administered after the plasma expander. When ketorolac administration is followed by rapid plasma expander infusion, a transient increase of unbound ketorolac in plasma can be expected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-468
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Albumin
  • Dextran 60
  • Hydroxyethylstarch
  • Ketorolac
  • Plasma
  • Protein binding
  • Ringer's solution, lactated

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Influence of plasma expansion on plasma protein binding of ketorolac'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this