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Neuroimaging of Pediatric Intracerebral Hemorrhage.

  • Author(s): Sporns, Peter B
  • Psychogios, Marios-Nikos
  • Fullerton, Heather J
  • Lee, Sarah
  • Naggara, Olivier
  • Boulouis, Grégoire
  • et al.
Abstract

Hemorrhagic strokes account for half of all strokes seen in children, and the etiologies of these hemorrhagic strokes differ greatly from those seen in adult patients. This review gives an overview about incidence and etiologies as well as presentation of children with intracerebral hemorrhage and with differential diagnoses in the emergency department. Most importantly it describes how neuroimaging of children with intracerebral hemorrhage should be tailored to specific situations and clinical contexts and recommends specific imaging protocols for acute and repeat imaging. In this context it is important to keep in mind the high prevalence of underlying vascular lesions and adapt the imaging protocol accordingly, meaning that vascular imaging plays a key role regardless of modality. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including advanced sequences, should be favored whenever possible at the acute phase.

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