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According to a Yale Fetal Stroke Study "Pregnant mothers usually do
not know when their unborn baby has had a stroke."
The page can be viewed at: http://fetalstroke.med.yale.edu/index.html
"Fetal stroke can be a cause of developmental delay and cerebral
palsy. It occurs between the fourteenth week of pregnancy and the
onset of labor resulting in delivery. Doctors believe that fetal
stroke may be caused by at least two things. The unborn baby?s brain
may not receive enough blood and a stroke may occur. Alternatively,
there may be a clot or bleeding into the unborn baby?s brain.
Doctors believe that fetal stroke is a rare condition. Pregnant
mothers usually do not know when their unborn baby has had a stroke.
Obstetricians can find fetal stroke by an ultrasound, but the best way
to make this diagnosis is by a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan of
the unborn baby?s brain. Since doctors do not know how many infants
have had a stroke before they were born, it is difficult for them to
predict the developmental outcome of infants with fetal stroke.
The Yale Fetal Stroke Study is committed to finding the causes of
fetal stroke and determining the developmental outcome of infants with
this problem. We provide MRI scans of unborn babies with suspected
stroke and of the infants after they are born. In addition, all
infants receive developmental testing until they are three years old."
Fetal Stroke Our Studies & Findings
"We have been studying babies with bleeding in the brain for almost 25
years, and we have recently begun looking at babies who have had
strokes before they were born. There are only 54 babies with fetal
stroke described in the English-language literature, so we know that
this is a very rare condition."
About Fetal Stroke
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"Moreover, the diagnosis of fetal stroke may not become apparent to
doctors and parents for a year or two until they become aware of
abnormalities in the child."
A stroke that occurs before birth may also be called an in-utero
stroke or fetal stroke. Another term often used in this group is
"Thomas believes many babies diagnosed with cerebral palsy may have
had an in utero stroke.
The telltale sign: When paralysis affects just one side, it's probably
a stroke. Cerebral palsy generally affects both sides."
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