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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt opens pediatric neurovascular center and offers tips to recognize childhood stroke

May 31, 2012

Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert J. Singer, M.D.

Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert J. Singer, M.D.

Stroke isn't typically thought of as a childhood condition, but it is as common as brain tumors in children. Monroe Carell Jr, Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has launched a new Pediatric Neurovascular Center to treat childhood stroke and other complex neurovascular diseases, and is offering tips to help parents spot the signs and symptoms of childhood stroke.

An estimated three in 100,000 children suffer a stroke. Since stroke is mostly associated with adults, the signs and symptoms are often misidentified, says are Lori Jordan, M.D., director of the Pediatric Stroke Program in Vanderbilt's Department of Neurology.
If parents recognize the following signs of sudden onset of stroke, Jordan says they should call 911 immediately:

• Weakness of one side of body, including face, arms and legs.
• Drooping of one side of the face
• Speech impairment, including slurred or garbled speech, or inability to speak
• Double vision or loss of vision

The new Pediatric Neurovascular Center provides an integrated approach to care for children. The center brings different areas of neurological expertise—medical, surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic—under one program, providing comprehensive, coordinated assessments and treatments for young patients.

Working together for the program are Jordan and Robert Singer, M.D., director of Pediatric Neurovascular Therapeutics in the Department of Neurosurgery.

"We thought we had a unique opportunity to develop a center for pediatric stroke and neurovascular disease which is a subspecialty type of program, one that has the ability to really set the hospital apart in terms of level of care," Singer said.

The Center will evaluate and treat children for various conditions, including brain aneurysms, arteriovenus malformations (AVM) and vein of Galen Malformations, cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM), developmental venous anomalies, moyamoya and stroke.

To reach the Pediatric Neurovascular Center call 875-PDNV (7368).


 

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