Ischemic stroke in the brainstem
Strokes that occur in the human brainstem are often lethal; if patients do survive, they are usually left with severe cognitive and/or motor disabilities. Animal models are critical to understanding and treating stroke, but targeting different areas of the brain, such as the brainstem, can be difficult. A new Protocol this month details the steps to induce a focal infarction in the rat brainstem.
See Namioka et al.