Responses of cerebral blood flow regulation to activation of the primary somatosensory cortex during electrical stimulation of the forearm

Acta Neurochir Suppl. 1997;70:291-2. doi: 10.1007/978-3-7091-6837-0_90.


We assessed the cerebral blood flow (CBF) response to electrical stimulation of the contralateral forearm over the primary somatosensory cortex (S-I) in anesthetized cats. CBF was monitored continuously using laser-Doppler flowmetry (LDF). In the first set of experiments, the effects of varying stimulus frequency and intensity were examined. During stimulation, CBF in S-I was increased significantly. At high stimulus intensity, response reached a near-plateau level. In the second set of experiments, the CBF response after introduction of an intracerebral mass was investigated using a mechanical microballoon model to simulate an intracerebral hematoma. A microballoon was inserted into the ventral posterolateral nucleus of the thalamus (VPL). Following gradual balloon inflation, there was a rapid reduction in CBF response. We conclude that CBF regulation to neuronal activation is affected by stimulation parameters, and is impaired by an intracerebral mass obstructing the afferent sensory pathway.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Catheterization
  • Cats
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / physiopathology
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology*
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Female
  • Forearm / physiology*
  • Hematoma / physiopathology
  • Laser-Doppler Flowmetry
  • Male
  • Somatosensory Cortex / physiology*