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Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare – but serious – condition that affects the nervous system. Specifically, it targets the area of the spinal cord called gray matter and causes the body’s muscles and reflexes to become weak. It can lead to paralysis which is sometimes permanent.

Most acute flaccid myelitis cases have been in young children (the average age is five). Many children recover from the disease but others are left with a permanent disability. Prompt recognition and immediate action are critical to achieving the best possible outcomes.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Roberta DeBiasi

Roberta DeBiasi

Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
Co-Director, Congenital Zika Program
Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
Investigator, Children's National Research Institute
Ilana Kahn

Ilana Kahn

Clinical Director, Neuroimmunology
Director, Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Options
Justin Burton

Justin Burton

Division Chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Nada Harik

Nada Harik

Director, Fellowship Training Program
Infectious Diseases Specialist
Investigator, Children's National Research Institute
Elizabeth Wells

Elizabeth Wells

Director, Inpatient Neurology
President, Medical Staff
Neurologist
Departments

Departments

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology

The Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology has a team of expert physicians, board-certified pediatric radiologists, technologists, pediatric anesthesiologists and nurses, specially trained to provide pediatric radiology services for infants, children and adolescents.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation treats and monitors infants, children and teens at all stages of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. 

Infectious Diseases

Our Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious diseases in the Washington, D.C., area, helping thousands of patients each year, and actively promoting prevention through community outreach and education.

Neurology

Our pediatric neuroscience team is the largest in the country, allowing us to offer our vast experience to patients and families.

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