Whole blood viscosity parameters and cerebral blood flow.

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This report describes the statistical relationship of several whole blood viscosity parameters and cerebral blood flow (CBF) in 53 consecutive patients and normal controls. Significant correlations were present between CBF and serum fibrinogen (P = .05), hematocrit (P less than .05), and a relationship involving both fibrinogen and hematocrit (P less than .01). We conclude that heightened whole blood viscosity does correlate with decreased cerebral blood flow in the ranges measured in our patients, that both fibrinogen and hematocrit must be taken into consideration in viscosity determinations, and that changes in viscosity may have an important effect on CBF in regions of low flow.

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