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Do all in-utero strokes result in cerebral palsy?

By April 30, 2010 - 11:03am
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Yesterday, a ct scan confirmed a left brain stroke in utero for my 7 mo old grandaughter. She has some right side weakness. I've been looking on sites and seems like every one begins discussing cerebral palsy. Is that the outcome for all in utero stroke victims?

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Dear Sharrison10

Thank you for your post and thank you for looking out for her!

I'm so sorry that your granddaughter suffered a stroke in utero. This will be a lot for her and her family to deal with but with a great support system, she can make her way in the world!

Cerebral palsy is not the outcome of all in utero strokes but it is the major outcome. According to a 2006 study : Canada. Kirton, A., deVeber, G. Congenital hemiplegia is the most common form of cerebral palsy in children born at term, and stroke is the number one cause. Neonatal ischemic stroke includes perinatal arterial ischemic stroke, presumed pre- or perinatal stroke, and cerebral sinovenous thrombosis, all of which have emerged as important contributors to cerebral palsy. Of increasing interest is how the overlapping list of associations and risks for stroke and cerebral palsy relate to each other. Stroke-induced injury is focal, and the preservation of normal areas of brain may afford unique opportunities for plastic adaptation. The implications of this essential difference are stressed in a discussion of how the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapeutic advancements in perinatal stroke relate to the outcome of cerebral palsy."

You can read more about this study here: http://www.pediatricstroke.org/infant_stroke.htm

Has your granddaughter been diagnosed with CF or it is something they are looking into?

April 30, 2010 - 1:35pm
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