Pediatric Stroke Program
As part of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke Program is focused solely on providing comprehensive care in the evaluation, management and treatment for infants, children, and teens who have suffered a stroke, or children who may be at risk for stroke due to other medical conditions.
Hundreds of children suffer strokes every year. Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children. The risk of stroke is highest during the first year of life, but stroke may occur any time throughout childhood or adolescence. Children tend to recover from stroke better than adults, due mostly to the plasticity of their brains and the fact their brains are still developing.
The program brings together the services of a variety of health care specialists involved in a child's care. Treatment includes neuroprotective measures, which include maintaining adequate blood pressure and supplying fluids and appropriate medication. The patient may also need aggressive physical rehabilitation. Phoenix Children's team of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and education coordinators is available to help children with stroke and their families every step of the way.