Hemispheric blood flow in the rat after unilateral common carotid occlusion: evolution with time.
Acute occlusion of one common carotid artery in the anesthetized normocapnic rat results in a moderate cerebral blood flow (CBF) decrease in both cerebral hemispheres. No asymmetrical perfusion is observed when the overall flow in each hemisphere is considered. The increase in blood flow which normally occurs in hypercapnia is strongly impaired in the cerebral hemisphere on the occluded side resulting in an important asymmetrical hemispheric perfusion. The days (1, 5, 15, 30) following unilateral carotid occlusion normal control CBF values are found in both hemispheres in normocapnic conditions. Hemispheric perfusion asymmetry in hypercapnia also becomes progressively less pronounced with time but a slight asymmetry still persists one month after unilateral carotid occlusion.
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