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UCSF Study Explores Stroke in Children
UCSF Today

Last year a four-year-old arrived at UCSF Medical Center from the emergency room of another hospital with pneumonia — and worse. Infected with H1N1 influenza virus, the child had developed a blood clot.

The clot had dislodged and gotten stuck in one of the big vessels supplying much of the oxygen-rich blood to the child’s brain. It was a stroke, and if the UCSF medical team had not responded in time, the child could have died.

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