Pediatric Stroke Program | Phoenix Children's Hospital
As part of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke Program is focused solely on providing comprehensive care in the evaluation, management and treatment for infants, children, and teens who have suffered a stroke, or children who may be at risk for stroke due to other medical conditions.
Hundreds of children suffer strokes every year. Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children. The risk of stroke is highest during the first year of life, but stroke may occur any time throughout childhood or adolescence.
Children tend to recover from stroke better than adults, due mostly to the plasticity of their brains and the fact their brains are still developing.
The Pediatric Stroke Program Team
The Stroke Program Team, led by John Condie, MD, a stroke and neuro-critical care expert, includes:
- pediatric neurologists specializing in pediatric stroke
- pediatric neuroradiologists and multiple pediatric subspecialists in hematology and vascular medicine
- physical, occupational and speech therapy
The dedicated pediatric stroke team has the appropriate expertise and resources for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric stroke and pediatric stroke prevention. Early recognition and diagnosis is critical for stroke patients, as delays in seeking treatment can lead to permanent disability and stroke recurrence.
The program brings together the services of a variety of health care specialists involved in a child's care. Treatment includes neuroprotective measures, which include maintaining adequate blood pressure and supplying fluids and appropriate medication. The patient may also need aggressive physical rehabilitation.
Phoenix Children's team of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and education coordinators is available to help children with stroke and their families every step of the way.
For Physicians and EMS
The stroke team members are available 24/7 to consult on stroke cases. For more information or to refer a patient, please call (602) 933-1000 and ask for the stroke team to be paged.