Has anyone had any experience with a child who was diagnosed with having a stroke in utero? Would like to share information to help my sister who has a daughter with this diagnosis and who continues to deal with medical issues as a result.

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replied February 8th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

Fetal stroke occurs between 14 weeks of gestation and the onset of labor.

The various possible risk factors for such a stroke include - different types of congenital heart disease, acquired heart disease, hematologic disorders and coagulopathies, systemic vascular disease, vasculitis, structural anomalies of the cerebrovascular system, vasculopathies, vasospastic disorders, and trauma.

Usually infants with fetal stroke can present with neurological and systemic signs in the newborn. Neonatal seizures are most commonly the clinical finding that triggers assessment. In other cases emerging hemiparesis or seizures can be seen after the early months of life.

Pediatric strokes can cause congenital hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and probably some spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and seizure disorders.

You might consider consulting a pediatric neurologist for additional information and support for further management.

I hope you find the information here helpful.

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