Pediatric ischemic stroke may increase the risk of autism

Takeaway

  • There is an increased risk of future autism post pediatric ischemic stroke, particularly in children with comorbid epilepsy.

Why this matters

  • Despite some shared risk factors, there has been very limited research investigating the association between ischemic stroke and autism.

  • Establishing a common underlying mechanism for pediatric ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and autism may lead to improved diagnosis and management of all three conditions.

  • Children with ischemic stroke should be screened for autism if the disorder is suspected.