Balloon catheter as a model of cerebral emboli in humans.
A striking similarity has been found between the distribution of occlusions in various cerebral arteries and the statistical regularity of the pathways of balloon drifting freely in the blood stream. Based on the assumption that the course of a balloon is determined by the same hydrodynamic laws as that of an embolus of similar size, it is concluded that the majority of occlusions of the cerebral arteries are of embolic origin. Emboli, then, might also be an explanation for most of the TIAs.
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