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Neurology & Neurosurgery Treatment Information
Our pediatric neurology and neurosurgery specialists offer a full range of services and treatment options based on current care guidelines and your family’s preferences. Examples include:
- Neurological examination. In this specialized exam, we use a reflex hammer, a tuning fork and numerous other tools to assess your child’s coordination, balance, speech, vision, hearing and mental status, along with other factors.
- Imaging. Our physicians use various imaging techniques to examine the anatomy and function of the nervous system, particularly the brain and spine. Among them are angiography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG). This test, which involves placing small electrodes on the scalp, records your child’s brain waves.
- Evoked potentials. This type of study measures electrical activity in the brain in response to a stimulus, such as light or sound.
- Laboratory tests. Screening of the blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid and other substances can provide our pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons with important diagnostic information.
- Medications. Many pediatric neurologic conditions respond well to medicines, and our physicians are skilled at choosing the most effective drugs with the fewest side effects.
- Surgery. Our neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive and open procedures for numerous conditions guided, in some cases, by advanced brain mapping techniques.
- Radiation therapy. We use several advanced modes of radiation treatment, including gamma knife surgery, proton beam therapy and Novalis-Shaped Beam surgery.
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation experts help to manage the physical, emotional and behavioral issues that can follow neurologic damage.
- Dietary therapy. Some epilepsy patients respond to the ketogenic diet, a regimen that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates.
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Neurology & Neurosurgery Support Services
More information on neurologic conditions that affect children is available from several national organizations. These sites can help families to understand the conditions, choose among treatment options and find support in their communities.
A Sampling of Neurology & Neurosurgery Support Services
American Epilepsy Society
This nonprofit organization promotes research and education for healthcare professionals dedicated to epilepsy and provides information and resources to patients and families.
Children’s Tumor Foundation
This group—a foundation dedicated to finding effective treatments for people with neurofibromatosis—offers information geared toward patients and families.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Research, advocacy and health care services and support are among the efforts of this nonprofit agency focused on muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.
Tourette Syndrome Association
This nonprofit membership organization funds Tourette syndrome research, advocates for understanding of the condition and offers resources and referrals for patients and families.
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
This nonprofit group sponsors research and develops programs, support services and resources related to tuberous sclerosis complex.
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
This nonprofit organization provides education and support related to mitochondrial diseases.