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THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Lower IQs and problems with
visual-motor and language skills are common among children who
survive an arterial ischemic stroke, according to a new study.
It included 42 childhood stroke survivors who underwent
neuropsychological testing at least 10 months after their ischemic
stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked. The
testing evaluated their thinking abilities, academic skills,
memory, language and visual-motor skills.
Visual-motor skill is the ability to have the eyes and hands
work together, such as when writing, using scissors, catching a
ball and doing a host of other daily activities.
The children's average IQ was about 94, which is in the average
range but lower than the average for all children (100). The
researchers said a more important finding was that the childhood
stroke survivors had significantly lower visual-motor function and
language scores than other children.
Academic skills and memory were not much lower than normal in
the childhood stroke survivors. Stroke type, size or location were
not significant predictors of long-term neuropsychological
The findings indicate that childhood stroke survivors should be
thoroughly evaluated for the need for targeted interventions to
improve visual-motor and language skills, the researchers said.
Future studies should evaluate the effectiveness of these
The study was to be presented Thursday at the American Stroke
Association meeting in New Orleans.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
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