Perinatal cerebral infarction

Ann Neurol. 1984 Nov;16(5):559-68. doi: 10.1002/ana.410160506.


The diagnosis of perinatal cerebral infarction, although frequently suggested clinically, has been made most commonly at postmortem examination; few infants surviving stroke are reported in the literature. We evaluated 18 infants with perinatal cerebral infarction in a recent twelve-month interval. Seven were preterm neonates, 6 of whom had experienced neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage. Three full-term infants were thought to have experienced cerebral infarction in utero and had evidence of well-defined strokes on computed tomographic scans performed shortly after birth. Eight infants developed stroke at term. The most common cause of cerebral infarction in our series was perinatal asphyxia. Fourteen of the infants were seen with neonatal seizures. Fourteen of the 18 have died or are faring poorly at 4 to 12 months of age (corrected).

MeSH terms

  • Asphyxia Neonatorum / complications
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / complications
  • Cerebral Infarction / congenital
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology
  • Cerebral Ventricles
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / complications
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed