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Study Finds 2.6 Percent Mortality Rate Among Children Hospitalized for Stroke

Loyola Medicine Neurologist José Biller, MD, is Co-author of Major International Study

 

A major international study has found that 2.6 percent of infants and children hospitalized for stroke die in the hospital.

Loyola Medicine neurologist José Biller, MD, a nationally known expert on strokes in children, is among the co-authors of the study. First author is Lauren A. Beslow, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The retrospective study included 915 infants younger than one month and 2,273 children aged one month to 18 years who were stroke patients at 87 hospitals in 24 countries. The type of stroke examined in the study, called ischemic, is caused by blood clots and is the most common type.

The study found that during their hospitalizations for ischemic stroke, 1.5 percent of the infants and 3.1 percent of the children died, with an overall mortality rate of 2.6 percent.

Researchers classified the causes of death as stroke alone, a combination of an underlying disease and stroke or simply an underlying disease. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of hospital deaths with a known cause were related to the stroke and/or subsequent deficits.

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