Stroke in Adolescents

Stroke in Adolescents

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April 2016

Stroke in children (from birth to age 18) occurs infrequently, between 4.6 and 6.4 per 100,000 depending on the study. The most common cause of stroke in adolescents (age 10-14) is damage to a blood vessel, what doctors label arteriopathy. "Sometimes that can be caused by trauma, like a car accident, or trauma to the neck that injures one of the blood vessels going to the brain," said Kristin Guilliams, assistant professor of Pediatric Neurology and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Children's brains are developing and may be more plastic than those of adults, so therapy is helpful - and as with adult survivors, more is better. Motivating them to do their therapy, however, may be a challenge.

Read the full story in the new issue of Stroke Connection Magazine.