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Childhood stroke study identifies the contraceptive pill and smoking as risk factors
Date:11/1/2010

s and severe in 17%.

  • The children's health-related quality of life was significantly lower when compared with healthy children and more than half of the parents reported that their children had difficulties, or were incapable of, performing everyday functions. These included: learning, communication, mobility, personal care, interacting with other people and home life.

    "Stroke in children is a serious condition that results in considerable long-term ill health and severe functional disabilities" concludes Dr Christerson. "In our study 8% of the children died and 85% of the survivors were left with neurological dysfunctions or limitations.

    "Clear guidelines are needed to provide more consistent diagnosis and treatment of childhood stroke and our study also highlights the need for long-term rehabilitation services. It also raises real concerns about young girls who take oral contraceptives and also smoke or have iron deficient anaemia. We feel that it is important to check anaemia levels before prescribing oral contraceptives, prescribing iron tablets as required, and stress the risks that smoking poses."


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