Pediatric strokes often take too much time to diagnose

“Slurred speech, droopy left eye, stiffness, a sudden inability to walk or even stand on his own: if an adult had come into an emergency room with similar symptoms, the staff might have quickly picked up these classic signs of stroke.”  But this patient’s name is Jared and he was 7 when he had his stroke.  Read Jared’s story from Star News Online as reported by JONATHAN DIENST/ Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Consider these brief facts:

(from the full story if you don’t have time to read more about Jared right now:)

“The rate of pediatric strokes has been growing in recent years, partly as a result of increased awareness and better reporting. Experts at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia estimate that the rate in children under 18 is as high as 12 per 100,000, or about 9,000 incidents a year. And in newborns, they put it at 25 per 100,000 — a rate approaching that of elderly adults.”

“Time is brain,” doctors like to say, when it comes to treating stroke victims. Yet in pediatric stroke cases, studies show the average diagnosis does not take place until more than 24 hours after the onset of symptoms.”

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Too often, experts say, a stroke in a child will be missed. It is in part why Jared agreed to let his father share this story.

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