Pediatric Stroke Program

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The Pediatric Stroke Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is the only program in the region providing comprehensive, coordinated and multidisciplinary care for pediatric stroke patients. Through the center -- housed within Le Bonheur’s nationally recognized Neuroscience Institute -- pediatric stroke patients have access to the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatments in the country.

Pediatric stroke – also known as a cerebral-vascular accident -- is among the top 10 causes of death in children, occurring in approximately 2.5-3.2 per 100,000 children annually. Early recognition of signs and symptoms and comprehensive follow-up care are key to achieving positive long-term outcomes.

We encourage families to prepare for a long visit. You are welcome to bring snacks, books or small toys if you’d like. Please bring a list of medications including dosage amount and any paperwork regarding guardianship if necessary. Many families find it helpful to prepare a list of questions for our physicians and staff.

Our Pediatric Stroke Center consists of two components:

1) Emergency (acute) management of pediatric stroke
Patients have access to a Le Bonheur neurologist 24/7 for the assessment of pediatric stroke, via the Le Bonheur Emergency Department.

2) Long-term care in the multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke Clinic
Our comprehensive clinic provides coordinated follow-up care with multiple specialists for pediatric stroke patients. The goal is to help patients achieve the best possible long-term outcomes. Specialists in the clinic include:

  • Neurology
  • Hematology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pediatric stroke nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Family liaison

Conditions treated

We treat any type of acute pediatric stroke, including:

  • arterial ischemic stroke
  • cerebral sino-venous thrombosis
  • hemorrhagic stroke

Treatment options

Our Pediatric Stroke Center provides the most advanced care for pediatric stroke available in the country. Treatment options include:

  • Medication, including anti-platelet agents aspirin, anticoagulants like Lovenox ® and IV tissue plasminogen activator (TPA)
  • Surgery, including intra-arterial TPA and bypass surgery

The Pediatric Stroke Center also offers the most advanced diagnostic technology, including:

  • CT, with or without contrast
  • CT angiogram
  • MRI (1.5 and 3 Tesla) with and without contrast, fMRI, MR angiogram, MR spectroscopy and MR venogram
  • Four-vessel angiogram