Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Kids and Stroke...

Strokes are not an exclusively adult affliction. According to the Children's Hemoplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) children are at risk of stroke throughout their childhood.

Arterial ischemic stroke is recognized around the time of birth in 1 in 4,000 full-term infants. Strokes that occur during the gestational period or in the month following birth are refred to as in-utero, fetal or prenatal strokes, and occur at a rate similar to that experienced by elderly Americans.

Strokes in older children are less common. Up to nearly 8 per 100,000 children (aged 1 mo. to 18 yrs), will have an occurance of ischemic stroke. As many as 5 per 100,000 children may suffer hemorrhagic stroke.

Pediatric stroke can be especially tragic and debillitating, possibly leading to cerebral palsy, epiliepsy, language problems and hyperactivity.

CHASAs website has a comprehensive set of links with facts about pediatric stroke, including information on research, treatment and support groups for pediatric stroke victims and their families.

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