Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Children's Health

Font Size

Kids Have Strokes More Often Than Thought

Study Shows Strokes in Children Are Rare, but Occur More Often Than Earlier Estimates
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Sept. 17, 2009 - Strokes in children are rare -- about 2.4 per 100,000 kids per year in the U.S. -- but that's two to four times more often than previous estimates, new data show.

Strokes in children are particularly heartbreaking as they often result in a lifetime of special needs.

It's an important cause of childhood disability. But fortunately, it's relatively rare for a child to suffer a stroke.

Previous estimates were based on surveys of hospital diagnostic codes. But that method missed a lot of child strokes, find Nidhi Agrawal, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues.

Instead of relying upon codes, Agrawal and colleagues searched through records of 2.3 million kids and teens under age 20 in the Kaiser Permanente database.

They looked not only at hospital diagnoses but also at key phrases in radiology reports that might indicate a stroke. When they identified suspicious cases, they reviewed the patient's medical records.

"Our overall ischemic stroke incidence rate of 2.4 per 100,000 person-years is two- to four-fold higher than previously published estimates in U.S. children that also included perinatal strokes," Agrawal and colleagues report.

Their findings were published online ahead of print in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Today on WebMD

child with red rash on cheeks
What’s that rash?
plate of fruit and veggies
How healthy is your child’s diet?
smiling baby
Treating diarrhea, fever and more.
Middle school band practice
Understanding your child’s changing body.

worried kid
jennifer aniston
Measles virus
sick child

Child with adhd
rl with friends
Syringes and graph illustration