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People rarely think of children as being at risk for stroke. But the truth is, strokes can happen to people of all ages, even to babies in the womb. For children especially, strokes can be related to bleeding and clotting disorders. Approximately six to 10 in 100,000 children are affected by stroke. Because the causes and symptoms are so different from adult stroke, treating stroke in children requires specialized training. At Cook Children's, we have developed the Stroke and Thrombosis Program, comprised of a team of specialists whose primary goal is to help children recover from a stroke and/or thrombotic disease, as well as prevent future strokes. Our program offers specialized treatment starting in the emergency room and ongoing care throughout the child's recovery.
Our program includes an outpatient multidisciplinary comprehensive stroke clinic, outpatient hematology clinic for the thrombosis-only patients and an inpatient stroke and thrombosis rounding service.
Cook Children’s Stroke and Thrombosis Program co-directors Marcela Torres, M.D., Medical Director, Hematology Program, and Fernando Acosta Jr., M.D., Neurology, talk about the causes of pediatric stroke and the importance of the two specialties collaborating to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment and risk of recurrence.
Unique Approach to Stroke Care
Because stroke occurs in the brain, it can result in your child needing medical care across multiple specialites, known as a multidisciplinary team. Cook Children's multidisciplinary comprehensive stroke clinic takes place twice per month. We see children from 0-18 years of age. The clinic involves the evaluation of your child by different subspecialists with experience in stroke, including a hematologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, neuropsychologist, nurse practitioner, nurse, social worker, Child Life specialist, a neuro radiologist, interventional radiologist, and research assistant, along with support from consulting services including Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Neonatology,Urology, Pulmonology and Genetics.
Prior to each stroke clinic the team of specialists reviews patient files and images. This helps them to better prepare for each child's visit.
Our Hematology thrombosis clinic takes place twice a week and is a specialized clinic to manage pediatric patients who have suffered a thrombotic problem and their anticoagulation management. It provides the most up-to-date management with blood thinners available to the pediatric population.
Visit our condition page for information on stroke and thrombosis symptoms, complications, procedures and treatments.
Stroke and thrombosis condition page
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Have questions or need to make a referral? We can help. If you would like to speak to one of our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-8050.