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Pediatric strokes tied to pinched vessel
San Francisco Chronicle

Briley Pompe was 12 years old when he had his first stroke. It took him months to recover and regain full use of his left arm and leg, which had been weakened by a lack of blood flow to his brain. But eventually he felt fine, and doctors told him he was healthy. He could be a normal boy again. Then Briley had his second stroke. Both strokes, his doctors at UCSF now believe, were caused by an unusual condition in which one of the four major arteries in the neck is repeatedly compressed when patients turn their head too far to one side.