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New Study Sheds Light on Pediatric Stroke

[Source: Health News Digest]
( – Washington, DC – The first study to assess the differences between hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke in children finds an urgent need for more rapid identification of stroke symptoms in children, and attributes delays in treatment to the lack of valid pediatric stroke recognition tools for emergency physicians and paramedics. The study, “Acute Childhood Arterial Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke in the Emergency Department,” is being published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
“Stroke in children is rare, but it does exist” said study author Franz Babl, MD, MPH of Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. “Stroke patients in our study had previously been generally healthy, unlike their adult counterparts. Because pediatric stroke is so rare, it’s not the first thing we look for. Stroke symptoms in children are frequently attributed to other, more common problems, such as migraine, seizures or encephalitis.”
Previous pediatric stroke studies have focused on acute ischemic stroke, even though hemorrhagic stroke accounts for approximately half of all pediatric strokes.
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