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Kids' poststroke psyche. (Clinical Capsules).

Persistent psychiatric disorders occurred more frequently in children who had suffered a stroke than in those who had orthopedic disorders, reported Dr. Jeffrey E. Max of the University of California, San Diego, and his colleagues. This cross-sectional study paired 29 children with stroke to age-matched children with congenital clubfoot or scoliosis. The groups were similar in terms of family function and psychiatric history. Children who developed a psychiatric disorder following their orthopedic diagnosis or stroke were more impaired than those without a psychiatric disorder in terms of intellectual function (reading, math) and adaptive function (communication, socialization). In addition, stroke patients with a psychiatric disorder were more impaired in terms of both prorated full scale IQ and verbal IQ than stroke patients who hadn't developed a psychiatric disorder (J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry 41[5]:555-62, 2002). Children with stroke and other neurologic problems should be screened for psychi atric disorders so they can be identified and treated as soon as possible, the researchers said.
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Author:Splete, Heidi
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2002
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