The pathogenesis and the viability of edematous tissue may be different in traumatic hematomas and traumatic contusions. We tested the hypothesis that mapping of regional Cerebral Blood Flow (rCBF) was different in these two subtypes of traumatic intraparenchymal lesions. We evaluated rCBF by means of Xenon-enhanced computerized tomography (Xe-CT) in 59 traumatic intracerebral lesions from 43 patients with severe head injury. One-hundred-nine intracerebral lesions/Xe-CT CBF measurements were obtained. The rCBF was measured in the hemorrhagic core, in the intralesional oedematous low density area and in a 1 cm rim of apparently normal perilesional parenchyma of both lesion subtypes. Not statistically significant lower rCBF levels were found in the edematous area of traumatic contusions. In traumatic hematomas rCBF levels were lower in the core than in the low density area, suggesting that rCBF in edematous area is marginally involved in the initial traumatic injury and that edema is probably influenced by the persistence of the hemorrhagic core. Conversely, in the traumatic contusions a difference in rCBF values was found between core, low density area and perilesional area, indicating that rCBF of the low density area is related to a concentrical distribution of the initial injury.
|Titolo:||Cerebral blood flow mapping in two different subtypes of intraparenchymal hemorrhagic traumatic lesions.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||5.12 Altro|