Brain & Nervous System

Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disorders

Cerebrovascular disorders refer to a number of conditions that in children are typically linked to congenital malformations (conditions the child was born with), of the arteries and/or veins that circulate the blood supply throughout the brain.

Pediatric Chiari Malformations

A Chiari malformation is a congenital (present at birth) defect in the area of the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect. The condition is also called Arnold Chiari malformation.

Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Surgical treatment of epilepsy is usually sought when a child has seizures that cannot be controlled by standard therapy with medications (and sometimes special diets such as the ketogenic diet).

Pediatric Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having recurrent unprovoked seizures.

Headaches

A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area. Headaches can be single or recurrent in nature, and localized to one or more areas of the head and face.

Pediatric Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is excessive fluid in and around the brain. It occurs from a lack of absorption, blockage of flow, or overproduction of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that's made inside the ventricles.

Pediatric Concussion

The term mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is used interchangeably with the term concussion.

Pediatric Ketogenic Diet

A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and very-low-carbohydrate diet which has been found to help many children whose seizures are not well-controlled by anti-seizure medications.

Pediatric Learning Disabilities and Neurofibromatosis

As many as 80 percent of all children with neurofibromatosis will have associated difficulties that affect learning, including attention problems, memory problems, spatial perception difficulties, and selective problems in reading or mathematics.

Pediatric Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors

Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (tumors that develop in the cells surrounding the nerves on the brain and spinal cord) may occur in up to five percent of patients with neurofibromatosis during their lifetime.

Roger Packer's Story

Roger Packer

Roger J. Packer, MD, Senior Vice President, Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, was recently named the 2014 Medical Honoree by the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation for his innovative work and leadership in the care of children with brain tumors.

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