Hemorrhagic Stroke in Children

What is a hemorrhagic stroke?

Hemorrhagic stroke is the result of bleeding in the brain. This bleeding is usually the result of blood vessel abnormalities or clotting disorders. Hemorrhagic stroke is also referred to as cerebral hemorrhage or intracranial hemorrhage. Occasionally, children with arterial ischemic stroke can develop hemorrhagic transformation of their initial stroke, meaning that bleeding can sometimes develop as a complication of the ischemic injury itself or the medicine used to treat it. About 45 percent of strokes in children are hemorrhagic in nature.

How we care for hemorrhagic stroke

The Boston Children’s Hospital Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center team provides fast, comprehensive evaluations to quickly identify if and why a stroke has occurred. To stop bleeding in the brain, we work with physicians in the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center, who address the cause of the hemorrhage. For example, if the stroke was caused by a blood vessel abnormality, we may be able to use a surgical or neurointerventional procedure to correct the condition.

Our team also provides long-term care from a variety of specialists, so that your child has access to the combined expertise of child neurologists, pediatric neurosurgeons, hematologists, neurointerventional radiologists, pediatric neuroradiologists, emergency medicine physicians, child psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.