Child's Nervous System

, Volume 27, Issue 9, pp 1375–1390 | Cite as

Pediatric stroke

Review Paper



Pediatric stroke, while increasingly recognized among practitioners as a clinically significant, albeit infrequent entity, remains challenging from the viewpoint of clinicians and researchers.


Advances in neuroimaging have revealed a higher prevalence of pediatric stroke while also provided a safer method for evaluating the child’s nervous system and vasculature. An understanding of pathogenic mechanisms for pediatric stroke requires a division of ages (perinatal and childhood) and a separation of mechanism (ischemic and hemorrhagic). This article presents a review of the current literature with the recommended divisions of age and mechanism.


Guidelines for treatment, though limited, are also discussed.


Pediatric stroke Neonatal stroke Childhood stroke 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier F. Cárdenas
    • 1
  • Jong M. Rho
    • 2
  • Adam Kirton
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric NeurologyBarrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical CenterPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Neurology, Alberta Children’s HospitalUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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