Stroke is one of the 10 leading causes of death for children, but little current information exists about long-term mortality from pediatric stroke in the United States. This article examines incidence and fatality rates of pediatric stroke in New Jersey from 1994 through 2007.
The authors cross-referenced data from the Myocardial Infarction Data Acquisition System Database with New Jersey death registration files at intervals of one month, one year, and five years following the index stroke. The data were analyzed for changes in incidence over time.
This research provides an overview of pediatric stroke at a statewide level. Further research may shed light on the increased incidence of pediatric stroke between 2001 and 2007.