Most people have never heard of a pediatric stroke, but it is far more common than one would imagine. According to Dr. Heather Fullerton “it happens in about 4 per 100,000 children every year, and so it ends up being about 4,000 children in the U.S. who will end up having a stroke every year.” Dr. Fullerton joins Andrew to discuss pediatric stroke for this Patient Power program sponsored by University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Fullerton is Director of the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center.
Dr. Fullerton begins by describing the commonality of infant stroke and pediatric stroke, and why stroke occurs so early in life, including factors during pregnancy that affect the child. She then goes on to explain how stroke is diagnosed and why a specialized treatment team at pediatric stroke center, like the one at UCSF Medical Center, is crucial in treating this condition. Dr. Fullerton closes the program with a discussion of newborn screening, where sickle cell disease comes in and if there are risks associated with a late diagnosis. If you are searching for information on pediatric stroke, this informative program is a great place to start.
Heather Fullerton, M.D.
Director of the Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center, UCSF Medical CenterDr. Fullerton is director of the Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, where she specializes in treating neurovascular diseases in children. She also performs studies on risk factors for child stroke, blood vessel abnormalities and the role of infection in childhood stroke. Dr. Fullerton received her medical degree from Baylor College... more >