Severe Anemia Children Prone to Silent Strokes

According to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, children suffering from severe anemia are prone to developing silent strokes.

The results of the study are presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011.

25-33 percent children in the United States suffer from this condition which has no apparent signs and impacts the cognitive ability of these children.

In the present study, Magnetic resonance imaging technique was used to find the silent stroke symptoms in severe anemic children suffering from sickle cell disease, belonging to the age group 2-19 years.

The results were compared with severe anemic children without the blood disorder. It was found that 20 percent of the children in group one had silent strokes.

The group children also were vulnerable to developing this condition. It implies that all children with severe anemia must get checked up for brain damage and silent strokes.

The pro-activeness can help in the commencement of blood transfusion at the right time saving the lives of these children.

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