Paradoxical dilation of the large cerebral arteries in hypocapnia in man.
By grouping patients who had carotid angiograms under unusually carefully monitored conditions it has been shown that hypocapnia is associated with vasodilation at low blood pressure but not at high blood pressure. The mechanism is discussed in general terms and it is suggested that the hypocapnic vasodilation may be a response to cerebral hypoxia and may be transmitted via an intracerebral autonomic pathway. Clinical and angiographical diagnoses are given for 50 patients.
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