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Stroke Research and Treatment
Volume 2010, Article ID 950524, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2010/950524
Case Report

Lower Body Positive Pressure Application with an Antigravity Suit in Acute Carotid Occlusion

1Department of Neurology, Lariboisière Hospital, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris and University Paris 7 Diderot, 2 rue Ambroise Paré, 75475 Paris Cedex 10, France
2Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Lariboisière Hospital, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris and University Paris 7 Diderot, 2 rue Ambroise Paré, 75475 Paris Cedex 10, France

Received 29 July 2009; Revised 18 November 2009; Accepted 29 January 2010

Academic Editor: David S. Liebeskind

Copyright © 2010 Karine Berthet et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The challenge in acute stroke is still to reperfuse as early as possible the ischemic territory. Since fibrinolytic therapies have a limited window with potential risk of bleeding, having a nonpharmacologic mean to recruit vessels in area surrounding necrosis might be useful. We propose here to use antigravity suit inflated at “venous” pressure levels to shift blood towards thoracic and brain territories. We report two cases of spectacular clinical recovery after acute carotid occlusion.