Vol 55, No 5 (2021)
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Venous return in acute ischaemic stroke patients measured during computed tomography angiography of head and neck

Bartłomiej Łasocha1, Anna M. Grochowska2, Paweł Wrona3, Paweł J. Brzegowy2, Roman Pułyk3, Agnieszka Słowik3, Paweł R. Latacz3, Tadeusz J. Popiela2
Pubmed: 34477214
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2021;55(5):462-468.


Introduction: The aim of this study was to analyse the general features and usefulness of the time elapsed between the start of contrast agent infusion and its appearance in the aortic arch in acute ischaemic stroke patients subjected to baseline computed tomographic angiography. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first study of this parameter in a clinical context. We will refer to it hereafter as ‘needle-to-aorta delay’ (NAD). Material and methods: The following were recorded: the time it took iodinated contrast media to reach the aorta, the site of occlusion, and automatic perfusion assessments of infarct and salvageable tissue volumes. Demographic data such as age and sex, comorbidities, and clinical factors including heart rate, blood pressure, time elapsed from symptom onset, initial stroke severity, and course of disease, were also assessed. Results: We analysed 252 cases of stroke. NAD correlated with tissue at risk volume, and was greater for patients with hypertension and atrial fibrillation. The observed time was significantly shorter with less favourable core-to-penumbra ratios. No link was found between NAD and either the rate of infarct progression or the long-term clinical result. Conclusions: Although no clinical benefit was proven as a result of measuring the time it took contrast media to reach the aorta, our study implies that not only is the brain subject to circulation, but it may also affect its functioning.

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