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Contact the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center

  • 1-617-355-6388
  • International: +1-617-355-5209

Emergency assessment and care: "Stroke Stat"

If you suspect that a child in your care may be experiencing acute onset of a stroke and would like our help with assessment or treatment, call the Boston Children's Hospital Communications Center at 617-355-6388 (or toll free 866-771-KIDS). The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


A “Stroke Stat” call activates our stroke team to evaluate children with acute stroke, especially those who are still within 4.5 hours of documented onset of symptoms. We encourage rapid transfer of patients to Boston Children’s Emergency Department, where patients will be evaluated to see if they quality for thrombolytic treatment with tPA. We can arrange transport through the Boston Children’s Transport Team or by Boston MedFlight. 

When to refer

Image at right: Boston Children's Stroke Stat examination room

Signs of strokes in infants and children can be subtle. We recommend rapid referral to a pediatric stroke center if a child has sudden onset of any of these symptoms:

  • weakness on one side of the body
  • loss of vision
  • ataxia or difficulty maintaining gait stability
  • expressive or receptive language function
  • loss of sensation on one side of the body
  • new, unexplained seizure, especially if followed by post-ictal lateralized weakness
  • sudden alteration of consciousness

For non-urgent referrals, phone us at 617-355-2758.

Pediatric stroke fellowships

We welcome applications from child neurologists interested in dedicated fellowship training in pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disorders.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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