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New study: silent strokes undetected in kids

A new study shows that doctors may be overlooking 'silent strokes' in children with sickle cell anemia.

February 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A new study shows that doctors may be overlooking "silent strokes" in children with severe anemia.

Strokes are known to be a risk for kids with sickle cell anemia. Friday scientists in Texas say their study shows that strokes are more common than has been believed in these children.

More surprisingly, the study found that strokes were also occurring undetected in children who do not have sickle cell, but have other conditions that can cause anemia such as cancer and kidney failure.