What is a perinatal stroke?

Dr. Aria Fallah, MD

Perinatal stroke is a stroke at the time of birth usually but can also happen later in life via carotid injury or an embolus or bleeding inside the brain. Any of those things can cause a stroke but most commonly, this happens around the time of birth. Even before surgery, one half of the brain is really atrophied and injured because of that stroke. That can lead to a really severe form of epilepsy and usually it happens several years after the injury. When that happens, the seizures become very difficult to control and the child may have a weakness corresponding to the other side of the body.

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