Infections in childhood linked to high risk of ischemic stroke

PediatricSuperSite.com February 9, 2012.
Common childhood infections appear to increase risk of ischemic stroke in children, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2012.

Infection is an established risk factor for ischemic stroke in adults, and this study indicates the same is true for children. Researchers found acute infections are more important in triggering stroke than chronic infections over time.

Although upper respiratory tract infections were the most common, Heather Fullerton, MD, the study’s lead investigator, said that no single type of infection predominated.

“The infections we observed in children prior to stroke ran the gamut of common childhood infections: upper respiratory infections, other non-specific viral syndromes, otitis media, pharyngitis, urinary tract infections,” Fullerton, director of the Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center at the University of California in San Francisco, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “This suggests that there is no ‘stroke bug,’ but rather that the association with stroke is a non-specific effect of common infections, likely related to the inflammation that results from an infection.” Read Full Article