Comparison of cerebral angiography and transcranial Doppler sonography in acute stroke.
We compared digital intra-arterial angiography and transcranial Doppler sonography in acute cerebral ischemia as part of a wider study on a continuous series of 48 patients with acute focal cerebral ischemia in the carotid territory, observed within 4 hours of the onset of symptoms. The most significant Doppler findings of the middle cerebral artery included no detection of the artery when occlusion of the carotid siphon or the middle cerebral artery at its origin was shown by angiography and reduced flow velocities and asymmetry (symptomatic less than asymptomatic) when the occlusion was located in the terminal tract of the middle cerebral artery mainstem or in numerous terminal branches. Higher flow velocities in the anterior cerebral artery or posterior cerebral artery, mostly in the symptomatic hemisphere, often accompanied middle cerebral artery pathology, probably indicating collateral compensatory pathways.
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