Stroke in newborns

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Learn about strokes occurring in newborns. Stroke is caused by a blockage of the blood vessels in the brain and can happen at any age. Stroke occurs as frequently in newborns as in the elderly, yet it often goes unrecognized and untreated.

Key points

  • There are two types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. There are two subtypes of ischemic stroke that occur in newborns; arterial ischemic stroke and sinovenous thrombosis.
  • Risk factors for stroke in newborns include birth defects involving a hole in the heart, a family history of clotting problems, serious infection, dehydration and childbirth.
  • Stroke may be diagnosed during pregnancy, but an infant cannot be treated for the condition until after they are born.
Last updated: September 29th 2023