CT perfusion evidence of early global cerebral hypoperfusion after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage with cardiac arrest

Joseph D. Burns, Jeffrey T. Jacob, Patrick H. Luetmer, Eelco F.M. Wijdicks

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Background Cardiac arrest and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage both cause sudden, severe cerebral hypoper- fusion at ictus. Animal studies indicate that the resultant microvascular dysfunction and cerebral perfusion abnormalities are important determinants of the associated cerebral injury in both conditions. Although this suggests that perfusion imaging might be a useful tool for prognostication in patients with these conditions, this hypothesis has not been thoroughly investigated in humans. Methods Case report. Results A 49-year-old man developed cardiac arrest upon rupture of an intracranial aneurysm. When he arrived at our institution 10 h later, he was comatose, had neurogenic hyperventilation, absent corneal reflexes, and continuous multifocal myoclonus. Despite normal intracranial pressure, normal cerebral perfusion pressure, normal flow in the proximal cerebral arteries on CT angiography, and a lack of diffuse cerebral edema, CT perfusion imaging performed 12 h after ictus showed severe, diffuse hypoperfusion. After the development of refractory intracranial hypertension, physiologic support was withdrawn and the patient died. Conclusions Early global cerebral hypoperfusion can be demonstrated by CT perfusion imaging after cardiac arrest associated with high-grade aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and may be indicative of poor neurologic outcome. CT perfusion should be investigated as a prognostic tool in these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-264
Number of pages4
JournalNeurocritical care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


  • CT perfusion
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Neurologic prognosis
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage Global cerebral hypoperfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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