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Contact the Cerebrovascular Disorders And Stroke Program

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Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke Program Overview

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Welcome to the Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to provide the very best care for stroke and stroke-related conditions in children worldwide and to help each child recover as quickly and fully as possible. We are always available for help and can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are one of the most active pediatric stroke research centers in the world—working continually to improve treatments.

Comprehensive, time-sensitive care

Our program, the only multidisciplinary pediatric Stroke Program in the northeastern United States, brings together a diverse team dedicated to caring for children with stroke, non-traumatic bleeding in the brain and other cerebrovascular disorders. We see newborns through adolescents at every stage of stroke, from acute care in the emergency department through long-term follow-up, rehabilitation and planning for each child’s educational needs.

Our team incorporates expertise from child neurology, hematology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, interventional neuroradiology, emergency medicine, physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, neuropsychology and physical and rehabilitation medicine. Together, we offer:

  • rapid, comprehensive evaluations, including advanced neuroimaging, to quickly identify whether a stroke has occurred and what parts of the brain or spinal cord could be affected
  • access to therapies administered in the earliest stages of stroke that are designed to remove blockages in brain blood vessels
  • long-term multidisciplinary care to prevent additional strokes 
  • resources to help children and parents deal with the consequences of stroke at home and in school

The stroke team also collaborates closely with the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center, which treats abnormalities of the blood vessels of the brain and spine that can lead to stroke, and with the Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Program to care for our patients who require anticoagulation treatment.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO