Cerebrovascular & Stroke Program

Neurovascular disease is rare in children, and most pediatric neurologists are not trained in its diagnosis or treatment. Nevertheless, each year about 4,000 children in the U.S. experience strokes or other complex disorders affecting blood supply to the brain and spinal cord.

UCSF's Pediatric Cerebrovascular and Stroke Program is one of the few centers in the country to offer comprehensive, highly specialized care to children with even the most challenging neurovascular conditions. These include ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, brain aneurysms, cavernous malformations, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HTT) and other disorders.

Our team includes neurologists who are board certified in both pediatric and vascular neurology. We partner with colleagues in pediatric neurosurgery, hematology, and diagnostic and neurointerventional radiology to provide advanced diagnostic imaging and treatments not available in most children's hospitals.

The patient and research advocacy group Angioma Alliance has designated our program a center of excellence in recognition of the high-quality multispecialty care we provide for cavernous malformations.

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    • One of the nation's best in neurology & neurosurgery

    • Founded in 2003

    • 24/7 access to pediatric stroke specialists

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes