Childhood stroke linked to iron deficiency, study shows

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1015
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Previously healthy children with stroke were 10 times more likely to have iron deficiency anaemia than children without stroke, a Canadian study has shown (Pediatrics 2007;120:1053-7 doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-0502). Also, children with iron deficiency anaemia accounted for more than half of all cases of stroke in children without an underlying medical illness.

    Primary prevention and early identification of iron deficiency anaemia must therefore remain a priority, say the authors. This anaemia occurs with a peak prevalence of 4-8% in children aged 1-3 years.

    “Establishing a link between a common and preventable childhood illness, iron deficiency anemia and stroke due to thrombosis of the …

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