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Did you know pediatric stroke is often misdiagnosed?

When many people think of a loved one having a stroke, the first thing that comes to mind is an older individual. Believe it or not, people of any age can have a stroke, thus leading to an uncertain future full of medical treatment.

One of the biggest problems with pediatric stroke is that it often goes undetected. For this reason, doctors make a misdiagnosis, which leads to more pain and suffering for the patient.

According to a physician at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Pediatric Neurology, approximately 3,000 children suffer a stroke every year. While the majority of these patients live, many do so with the lingering effects, including cognitive impairment.

When compared to adult stroke, the primary difference is the ability for a child to reach almost 100 percent recovery. The reason for this is simple: they have the ability to adapt to changes easier than adults. Even so, those who survive are often faced with many years of a disability that could have been avoided with the proper diagnosis in the first place.

It is important to treat a stroke without delay. Unfortunately, the average delay in diagnosing stroke in a child is 28 hours, meaning that the patient is missing valuable time during which he or she could be receiving treatment.

Parents should understand the symptoms associated with and the severity of pediatric stroke. This will ensure that they seek the proper treatment if their child begins to complain of common stroke symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment can be the difference between a full recovery and a life of treatment.

Source: ABC News, "Pediatric Stroke Often Misdiagnosed, Treatment Delayed," Susan Donaldson James, accessed Aug. 25, 2015

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