By On November 6th, 2012

Children Fare Better Than Adults Following Hemorrhagic Stroke

According to research conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, children who suffer a hemorrhagic stroke a better chance of survival than adults. Out of 59 children observed, 34-percent did not survive past a 5-year span after stroke, which is 5 to 20-percent better than the survival rate of adults in a 1-year span after stroke.

The news is meant to help parents and doctors to understand what to expect and how to treat the children affected. Long-term affects were better identified by the study, which include mild-to-moderate neurological deficits. Most survivors, however, experienced minimal impairment in their ability to function in their day-to-day environment. School functioning and physical health was found to be impaired.

Knowing how a stroke affects a child, and knowing that it will affect them different than adults, is valuable in the treatment and recovery process. Understanding what issues occur later in life also allows researchers to study those cases and, perhaps, find ways to improve quality of life for early-life stroke victims.

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