Stroke Clinic

Leading the way in Providing Multidisciplinary Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Care for Children

Stroke Clinic

Pediatric stroke occurs more commonly than once thought. Stroke risk changes with the age of the child and with certain predisposing conditions such as congenital heart disease, cerebral vascular malformations and sickle cell disease. Stroke survivors often develop a range of chronic morbidities including motor and cognitive impairments, language dysfunction, and epilepsy. Fortunately, innovative techniques in brain and vascular imaging have improved stroke detection and enhanced our ability to determine stroke risk, while newer treatments have improved outcomes in certain disorders.

The Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Nationwide Children’s offers a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary evaluation to all children with stroke or at-risk of stroke. Based on the initial assessment, a family-oriented, long-term care plan is devised according to each child’s individual needs. Presenting complaints may include ischemic brain injury, cerebral hemorrhage, sinus thrombosis, vasculopathy or any of the many medical conditions thought to confer added risk of stroke in childhood.

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Specialized Care

The Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic provides:
  • Access to multiple specialists

  • Comprehensive evaluations of new patients

  • Long-term care of children with chronic disability

  • Coordinated scheduling of diagnostic and treatment procedures

  • Communication to referring physicians regarding diagnoses and treatment plans


The Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic:
  • Assists patients and families in coping with the chronic effects of childhood stroke

  • Advises schools with educational measures appropriate for each child

  • Assists families in maneuvering through the health care system


Members of the Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic:

  • Provide clinical teaching for medical students, residents, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

  • Teach pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and neurologists at local and national conferences


Members of the Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic:

  • Conduct clinical research studies in pediatric stroke

  • Participate in the International Pediatric Stroke Study and other multi-institutional studies

  • Develop treatment protocols in childhood stroke

Physician Referral Information

Appropriate Stroke Clinic referrals include:
  • Ages 0 – 21

  • Suspected or known cerebrovascular disease

  • Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke

  • Neonatal or presumed perinatal stroke

  • Unexplained congenital hemiplegia

The Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Clinic accepts referrals from primary care physicians and pediatric specialists from across the United States and internationally in the following manner: