Hemodynamic Changes after Unilateral Revascularization for Moyamoya Disease: Serial Assessment by Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Angiography

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BACKGROUND: Ultrasonic flow meters and quantitative magnetic resonance angiography quantitatively assess flow during hemodynamic evaluation of cerebral ischemia. Although their reliability and reproducibility have been verified, their clinical impact in moyamoya disease has rarely been reported. OBJECTIVE: To investigate flow measurement outcomes in moyamoya disease patients pre- and postoperatively through a retrospective observational study. METHODS: We evaluated 41 patients undergoing their first revascularization surgery who were followed ≥6 mo. Hemodynamic parameters were recorded preoperatively, at 1 and 6 mo postoperatively, and at the last follow-up. Demographic factors, Suzuki stage, and stroke development were also analyzed. RESULTS: Patients' median age was 37 yr (interquartile range [IQR], 27-43), and 16 (39.0%) patients were men. During follow-up, 9 (22.0%) patients experienced postoperative stroke (4 major strokes). Hemodynamic status was improved in 34 (82.9%) patients at the 6-mo follow-up. Median intraoperative flow was 41 mL/min (IQR, 25-59). Bypass flow peaked at 6 mo (median, 67 mL/min; IQR, 35-99). At the 1- and 6-mo follow-ups, ipsilateral hemispheric flow was significantly increased. The median proportion of posterior circulation at 6 mo was 44.4%, significantly lower than the preoperative proportion (50.1%). Abundant intraoperative bypass flow was associated with hemodynamic improvement, while low contralateral hemispheric flow was related with immediate postoperative ischemic stroke. CONCLUSION: Ipsilateral hemispheric flow was increased during 6-mo follow-up, and posterior circulation flow burden was diminished. Abundant intraoperative bypass flow was associated with postoperative hemodynamic improvement. Low preoperative contralateral hemispheric flow was related with immediate postoperative ischemic stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Cerebral revascularization
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Flow measurement
  • Hemodynamic
  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Quantitative

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