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Int J Stroke. 2008 Aug;3(3):169-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2008.00205.x.

Ischemic perinatal stroke: challenge and opportunities.

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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


The second highest risk group for developing a cerebral stroke is the perinatal period, generally defined as 20 weeks of gestation through 28th postnatal day of age. In this commentary, a brief overview of ischemic perinatal strokes is presented. Ischemic perinatal stroke (IPS) occurs at a rate of 1 : 2300 to 1 : 5000 births, accounting for 30% of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). Thus, IPS is the most common known cause for CP [1-3]. Although they occur frequently, much remains to be studied about perinatal strokes in general and the ischemic variety in particular.

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