Neonatal cerebral infarction: symptoms, CT findings and prognosis

Brain Dev. 1992 Jan;14(1):48-52. doi: 10.1016/s0387-7604(12)80279-8.


In a retrospective multi-center study, we investigated eighteen infants with unilateral cerebral infarctions confirmed by computed tomography (CT) scans. The initial symptoms were observed in all the patients between 0 and 3 days of age. Convulsions or apneic attacks were the initial symptoms in all but one. Only 4 patients had complicated obstetric histories and none showed polycythemia or electrolyte abnormalities. All of the initial CT scans revealed unilaterally localized hypodense areas. In 10, the initial CT scans were performed within 24 hours after the clinical onset. In 16, the lesions were within the territory of the middle cerebral artery, 9 of which also involved the cortico-spinal tract (CST). In the remaining 2 patients, the lesions were located within the territory of the posterior cerebral artery. None of the 9 patients without CST involvement developed hemiplegia, whereas 5 (56%) of the 9 with CST involvement had hemiplegia, which is a fairly low incidence compared with that in adult cases. This difference was thought to be related to neonatal brain plasticity.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Infarction / pathology*
  • Cerebral Infarction / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intellectual Disability / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed