Regional cerebral blood flow in stroke: hemispheric effects of cognitive activity.
Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured with the xenon-133 inhalation technique in 15 patients with unilateral cerebral infarction and 12 matched controls. Measurements were performed during a standard resting baseline condition and during the performance of standardized verbal analogies and spatial line orientation tasks. Resting and activated CBF were lower in patients than in controls, and there were differences in the hemispheric pattern of activated CBF. Control subjects replicated earlier findings of asymmetric increase in CBF for the cognitive tasks, whereas patients showed abnormalities in lateralized CBF changes consistent with side of infarction. These findings underscore the utility of cognitive challenges in the study of rCBF in stroke. This can lead to an experimental paradigm in clinical studies of the relation between behavioral deficits and regional brain dysfunction and may also improve the utility of CBF measurements in clinical settings.
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