Pediatric Stroke Program

Overview of the Pediatric Stroke Program

The Pediatric Stroke Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is part of the Division of Neurology and consists of a multidisciplinary team of physicians (including attending neurologists, neurology fellows and residents), a nurse, a social worker and other allied health professionals. We provide inpatient and outpatient consultation and coordination of outpatient care and recovery services, including family education and support.

Our Mission

Our program provides:

Expert care

Our training and focus is specifically on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric stroke and on pediatric stroke prevention. The program has been designed to bring together the services of all specialists involved in the child's care. This begins in many cases with the doctors and nurses in CHOP's Emergency Medicine Department, and often subsequently involves the staff of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Division of Hematology and Cardiac Center.

Advanced technology

The Pediatric Stroke Program works closely with CHOP's Department of Radiology where the latest imaging technology is available to accurately diagnose stroke and the conditions which cause stroke. Children's Hospital neuroradiologists are specially trained in pediatric care.

Research and training

Pediatric Stroke Program physicians are actively involved in research that focuses on many aspects of pediatric stroke care, including accurate and early diagnosis, new treatments, the relationship between stroke and congenital heart disease, and the effect of stroke on complex brain function, such as thinking and learning. The program also provides comprehensive training aimed at teaching healthcare providers about the signs, symptoms and treatment of stroke.

One new research project underway is investigating the effects of rehabilitation on walking ability and brain motor pathways after pediatric stroke. For more details about the study, please visit the Division of Neurology research page or contact the study’s principal investigator Laura Prosser, PT, PhD, research scientist in the Center for Rehabilitation at CHOP, at 215-590-2495 or prosserl@email.chop.edu.

Rehabilitation

The Pediatric Stroke Program also works closely with CHOP's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine to help children recover from stroke. Specialized inpatient and outpatient programs are designed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a rehabilitation physician, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker and neuropsychologist, all working to help children reach their full recovery potential.

Family-centered care

A child's stroke affects everyone in the family. The Pediatric Stroke Program at Children's Hospital encourages active involvement of the family in all phases of care. Along with sensitive and caring medical staff, Children's Hospital has specially trained social workers, psychologists and child life specialists who help families cope with the many stresses associated with stroke. See our Resources for Families section for more.

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