Cytokine profiles at birth were able to distinguish between participants with different perinatal stroke subtypes and healthy controls; this suggests that distinct inflammatory environments are often present around the time of certain perinatal strokes.
Why this matters
Perinatal stroke is the most common cause of hemiparetic cerebral palsy (CP). Previous research has found that inflammatory markers at birth may be linked to other forms of CP. Understanding the link between inflammatory markers at birth and perinatal stroke can help with the development of biomarkers for at-risk pregnancies for prevention of disease.