Action Medical Research

Stroke in children

Identifying markers present in the blood that could predict recurrent stroke in children.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (208701)

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Hundreds of children have strokes every year and childhood stroke is one of the top ten causes of childhood death. A stroke is a brain attack and happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without a blood supply, brain cells can be damaged or destroyed and won’t be able to do their job. Approximately half of the children in the UK who have a stroke each year have an underlying medical condition that increases their risk of having another stroke.


The study aims to develop a blood test to help identify children who are at risk of further strokes, and will also investigate the role of inflammation or injury to blood vessels in causing stroke.