The Stroke Program at Children's Colorado
Our Colorado Stroke Program combines the expertise of Children's 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
If your child is affected by pediatric stroke, please call 303-724-0724 for further information. Referrals to the Children's 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.
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:
University of Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center
Attn: Elizabeth Gibson, PA-C
13199 East Montview Boulevard, Suite #100
Aurora, Colorado 80045