Your Newborn's Stroke Program Evaluation

Depending on your baby’s condition, evaluation may include:

  • High-resolution structural neuroimaging with brain MRI
  • Noninvasive vascular imaging with MRA and MRV
  • Head CT using low-dose radiation
  • Conventional cerebral angiography
  • Cardiac evaluation
  • Hematologic evaluation
  • EEG monitoring
  • Feeding evaluation

Personalized treatment

We treat babies with a range of neurological conditions including acute arterial ischemic stroke, presumed perinatal arterial ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, Vein of Galen malformation, PHACES syndrome and more.

Based on your baby’s evaluation, discussions with your family and the referring physician, our multidisciplinary team will create a customized care plan for your child. The team will recommend treatments and therapies appropriate for your child, to treat his specific condition.

We will work with your family as you cope with a new diagnosis of stroke or cerebrovascular disease in your child. We have numerous resources – through the Neonatal Stroke Program and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – to help you better understand your child’s condition, treatment options and get the support you need.

Continuity of care

Our program provides follow-up care for your child in our multidisciplinary Neonatal Stroke Clinic, which is held twice a month. Typically, your child will have her first outpatient evaluation six to eight weeks after she is discharged from the hospital.

The Neonatal Stroke Clinic is staffed by a pediatric neurologist, a nurse, a social worker, an education coordinator, a speech-language pathologist, and occupational and physical therapists. It provides ongoing specialized medical care and developmental assessment for your child who has had a stroke or has cerebrovascular disease.

Additionally, we work closely with local physicians and therapists to optimize outpatient care. We also connect stroke-affect families through a monthly family support group meeting and family-oriented conferences.

Reviewed on April 16, 2014