Pediatric Neurological Conditions We Treat

The pediatric neurologists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s are skilled in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of the full range of pediatric neurological conditions. With experience and expertise in all neurology subspecialties, our team of neurologists are integral to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s multidisciplinary clinics – which provide comprehensive, family-centered care to patients for the following conditions:

Pediatric Epilepsy and Pediatric Seizures

Epilepsy is a condition that causes a child to have seizures. It is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects children and adults of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Controlling seizures by reducing them or eliminating them completely is important to a child’s growth, development and overall quality of life.

At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s, our internationally recognized Comprehensive Level IV Pediatric Epilepsy Center brings together pediatric epileptologists to diagnose, treat and sometimes cure epilepsy in children through surgery. Our pediatric specialists are also participating in two clinical trials for Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut—two rare forms of epilepsy.

Headache Diagnosis and Treatment

Headaches, particularly in teenagers, are very common and can be caused by a wide range of conditions. Knowing what to look for and when to seek specialized neurology care are both very important. Our team of headache specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s have created a headache toolkit with information and diaries to help guide parents and primary care providers toward effective diagnosis and treatment.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Specialization

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by a defect in a specific gene called the survival motor neuron gene. Although it is very rare, this disease is considered the number one genetic cause of death for infants. In patients with SMA, the survival motor neuron is either missing some information or contains an extra copy of the gene. As a result, they don’t produce a protein needed by nerves in the spinal cord that control muscle movement. These muscles, which can include those necessary for breathing and swallowing, then become progressively weaker and diminished.

Our specialized pediatric SMA Clinic and Treatment Program is focused on helping these individuals with advanced therapies and newly approved treatments, giving them hope and improved quality of life.

Movement Disorders Treatment for a Range of Conditions

Our board-certified neurologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. Our pediatric specialist team is able to identify the cause of the movement issues and treats children across a range of conditions, including:

  • Head injuries
  • Genetic conditions
  • Infections
  • Conditions and diseases, including cerebral palsy, spasticity and dystonia

Neurofibromatosis Multidisciplinary Specialization

Neurofibromatosis 2 is a genetic disorder that causes nerve sheath tumors. These tumors can affect balance, auditory or facial nerves. Other types of tumors can also develop in the central nervous system or spinal cord.

The UH Neurofibromatosis 2 Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s includes a multidisciplinary group of pediatric surgeons and specialists that come together to care for your child’s specific health needs, including:

  • Genetics
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Radiation therapy

Development and Behavioral Disorders We Treat

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists led by the developmental and behavioral pediatrics and psychology team diagnose and treat developmental and behavioral conditions such as:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental delay
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome

Experts in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, pediatric psychology and clinical neuropsychology partner together to provide a true multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and care, supporting families through every step.

Myelodysplastic Syndromes Expertise for Spina Bifida Patients

Myelodysplastic syndromes, including spina bifida, myelodysplasia and other neural tube defects, can cause intellectual or physical disabilities in children. Experts at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Spina Bifida Program (Myelo Clinic) take a comprehensive team approach to care for babies, children, adolescents and young adults with these conditions. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians and advance practice nurses from gastroenterology, orthopedics, developmental behavioral pediatrics, neurosurgery, urology and neuropsychology. Together our team evaluates children of any age and develops an individualized plan of care, including input from family members.