Stroke: How We Treat

The Stroke Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Our Colorado Stroke Program combines the expertise of Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Denver Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center to treat pediatric patients who have suffered a stroke, or children who may be at risk for stroke due to other medical conditions. The program, established in 2006, provides a variety of services for pediatric stroke patients and their families in a comprehensive setting.

Why choose our Stroke Program?

The multidisciplinary stroke team at Children’s Colorado is focused solely on treating infants, children and teens who have suffered a pediatric stroke. Our pediatric stroke doctors have devoted their careers to caring for children who experience a stroke and strive to provide the best possible outcomes for their patients.

Our multidisciplinary stroke clinics provide access to dedicated stroke providers in multiple specialties, including: neurology, hematology, rehabilitation, radiology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, social work, and research. In addition, these providers have extensive experience with children with stroke, and access to the most up-to-date advances in the stroke field through participation in local, national and international childhood stroke research.

Our unique stroke alert system ensures that one of our stroke team members is available 24/7 to consult on stroke cases. In addition, our in-hospital alert system quickly brings doctors and nurses throughout our hospital together and to our stroke patients.

Clinics within our Stroke Program

The Children’s Colorado Stroke Program has several comprehensive care clinics, each occurring on a monthly or bi-monthly basis:

  • Arterial Ischemic Stroke (AIS) Clinic
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke Clinic
  • Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis (CSVT) Clinic
  • Presumed Perinatal Stroke Clinic

Arterial Ischemic Strokes (AIS) Clinic

The AIS Clinic was established in 2003 for the evaluation and care of neonates and children who have suffered a stroke due to inadequate blood flow to the brain. This clinic also sees children who have had episodes of transient ischemic attack, "TIA," or "mini-stroke". Currently, there are more than 100 AIS patients in the Rocky Mountain Region who are treated and followed through this clinic.

The AIS Clinic incorporates the disciplines of neurology, hematology, rehabilitation, neuropsychology and radiology, with the additional involvement of neurosurgery, rheumatology, and cardiology when appropriate.

This team thoroughly defines stroke risk factors for patients to facilitate the best decision-making for immediate and long-term medical care. We provide safe and effective treatment plans for our patients to help prevent future strokes.

In addition, we provide extensive education about childhood AIS to our families, access to support groups, as well as the ability to participate in multiple research projects dedicated to enhancing our understanding of childhood stroke.

Hemorrhagic Stroke Clinic

The Hemorrhagic Stroke Clinic focuses on the evaluation and long-term care of children who have suffered bleeding that affects their central nervous system function, and children with and without known underlying bleeding disorders.

Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis (CSVT) Clinic

The CSVT Clinic has evolved out of the long-standing Thrombosis Clinics at Children’s Colorado, in order to provide devoted and coordinated neurological, hematological and ophthalmological care for children who have suffered blood clots in the brain. 

Presumed Perinatal Stroke Clinic

The Presumed Perinatal Stroke Clinic provides consultation and risk factor evaluation and counseling for those children with presumed in-utero/newborn stroke that is diagnosed later in life.

Getting ready for your appointment

Referrals

If your child is affected by pediatric stroke, please call the co-coordinator of our clinics, Elizabeth Gibson, PA at 303-724-0724 for further information. Referrals to the Children's Hospital Colorado Stroke Program clinics can be made either by physician referral or self-referral. Please contact your insurance provider to obtain prior authorization as needed.

Medical records

We request that you send us a copy of your child's pertinent medical records prior to the visit for us to review, unless they were obtained at Children's Colorado.

Pertinent medical records include:

  • Notes from any previous inpatient or outpatient evaluation for stroke
  • Imaging studies (CT, CTA, MRI, MRA or conventional angiography). If a CT or MRI was obtained, please send us a copy of the radiology report as well as a copy of the imaging on a CD.
  • Laboratory studies including coagulation studies
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, and/or cardiology evaluation

Please mail these records to:

Elizabeth Gibson, PA-C
University of Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center
13199 East Montview Boulevard, Suite #100
Aurora, Colorado 80045
303-724-0724

Research for a better tomorrow

The Stroke Program at Children’s Colorado is a contributing member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study, an international group dedicated to research in childhood strokes. Our team also receives funding from the National Institute of Health and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute that is dedicated to searching for the appropriate treatments for childhood strokes.

In addition, we are part of ongoing research efforts in the following areas:

  • Coagulation markers as predictors of outcomes in childhood strokes
  • Lipoprotein(a) as a risk factor for childhood AIS
  • Maternal and fetal risk factors in neonatal strokes
  • Relationships between stroke risk factors, treatments and outcomes.
  • Multiple International Pediatric Stroke studies, including:
    • Vascular Effects of Infection in Pediatric Stroke
    • Seizures in Pediatric Stroke
    • Thrombolysis in Pediatric Stroke
    • Anticoagulation in Neonatal CSVT

Read more about research at the Neuroscience Institute.