Blood flow and vascular reactivity in collaterally perfused brain tissue. Evidence of an ischemic penumbra in patients with acute stroke.
In a group of 48 patients with completed stroke, 8 patients had viable collaterally perfused brain tissue which was accessible for rCBF recordings with a two dimensional technique. All 8 had deep subcortical infarcts on CT-scan, and angiographic occlusion of the arteries normally supplying the infarcted territory. The brain tissue overlying the deep infarcts appeared normal on CT-scan and was supplied by collateral circulation. rCBF was measured in all within 72 hours after the stroke. The intra-carotid Xe-133 injection method and a 254 multidetector camera were used to study rCBF. Relatively ischemic low flow areas were a constant finding in the collaterally perfused tissue. In 6 of the patients, the collaterally perfused part of the brain had low flow values comparable to those of an "ischemic penumbra" (viable, but functionally depressed brain tissue due to inadequate perfusion). Autoregulation was impaired in all of the collaterally perfused areas while the CO2-response always was preserved. Steal phenomena were not seen. In the surrounding brain tissue, autoregulation was normal in 5 patients and impaired in 3 while the CO2-response seemed to be normal. The results confirm the experimental finding of an ischemic penumbra associated with acute cerebral infarcts and suggest that early restoration of the blood flow in acute stroke patients might improve recovery and prognosis in selected patients.
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