What is a stroke?

Also known as: cerebral arterial hemorrhage or thrombosis; sinus thrombosis, sinovenous thrombosis

A stroke is brain damage caused by either not enough blood reaching the brain due to blockage of (arterial stroke) or bleeding from blood vessels (hemorrhagic stroke) or from one or more of the large veins (sinovenous thrombosis) being blocked in the brain. Many strokes in infants/children occur soon after birth or in the first two years of life. An infant/child may have more than one stroke and many infants/children are left with neurological damage.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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