Our Specialties & Conditions

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    Safety & Well-Being (SAW) Clinic

    The Safety and Well-Being (SAW) Clinic at Lurie Children's provides a wide range of clinical services and support to patients and families in cases where child maltreatment is either suspected or has been identified. Learn more.

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    Salter-Harris I Fracture of the Distal Fibula

    A fracture that goes through the plane of the growth plate of the ankle, without injuring the mature bone, the mildest fracture that can occur to a growth plate.

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    Sarcoma Program

    Lurie Children’s sarcoma team offers comprehensive multidisciplinary care for children and adolescents diagnosed with bone and soft tissue sarcomas.

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    Scaphoid Fracture

    A break in one of the eight small bones of the wrist, most often occurring during a fall when the landing point is on the base of the outstretched hand.

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    Scleroderma Syndromes

    A group of rare, chronic, possibly autoimmune diseases which are typically characterized by excessive deposits of collagen in the skin or other organs.

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    Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a spine condition causing the back to curve to the side. Learn more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis in children.

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    Scoliosis Program

    Our Scoliosis Program is staffed by pediatric scoliosis specialists that provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care, evaluation and management of scoliosis.

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    Second Opinions

    Consider getting a second opinion from the pediatric specialists at Lurie Children's. A second opinion can offer peace of mind that your child is receiving appropriate medical care.

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    Seizures in Children

    A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance occurring in the brain. There are many different types of seizures. Learn more.

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    Selective Intrauterine Growth Restriction (sIUGR)

    Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) is a condition that complicates 10-15% of monochorionic twin pregnancies, where unequal sharing of a single placenta causes inadequate growth in one twin.

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    Sensory Processing Disorders

    Conditions in which the child has problems processing and organizing sensation coming from the body and the environment.

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    Sever Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis)

    A painful irritation and inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel bone, where the Achilles tendon connects.

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    Severe Aplastic Anemia

    When bone marrow fails to produce enough blood cells because the stem cells that normally become the three types of blood cells (red, white and platelets) are damaged.

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    Sex Development Program

    Our Sex Development Program unites pediatric urologists, endocrinologists, surgeons, ethicists & psychologists experienced in differences in sexual development.

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    Sexuality Education Program

    Lurie Children's Sexuality Education Program combines the expertise of multidisciplinary staff with a youth-centered and engaging curriculum. Learn more.

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    Shoulder Instability

    When the structures of the shoulder don’t hold the bones together tightly, allowing the humerus to partially slide out of its socket or come all the way out of its socket.

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    Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS)

    A rare, inherited condition that has effects throughout the body, causing poor absorption of fats, bone-marrow dysfunction and skeletal malformations.

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    Sickle Cell Disease

    An inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues.

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    Sickle Cell Disease Program

    Lurie Children's Sickle Cell Disease Program is a nationally recognized center of excellence providing comprehensive care to manage the disease and prevent its complications.

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    Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome

    Irritation and inflammation of the growth plate at the bottom of the kneecap, where the patella tendon inserts.

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    Single Coronary Artery

    A very rare congenital cardiac abnormality in which only one artery feeds blood to the heart muscle.

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    Single Ventricle

    Single ventricle defect is an umbrella term for several different types of congenital heart diseases in which the heart has only one functional pumping chamber.

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    Single Ventricle Center of Excellence

    Lurie Children’s Single Ventricle Center of Excellence offers comprehensive treatment for infants, children and adults born with a single functional ventricle pumping blood to the entire body.

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    Sinusitis

    An infection of the sinuses near the nose, usually occurring after a cold or after an allergic inflammation.

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    Skeletal Dysplasia

    Also known as skeletal dysplasia, achondroplasia, or dwarfism, a group of about 400 congenital disorders characterized by abnormal growth of cartilage and bones.

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    Skier's or Gamekeeper's Thumb

    An injury to the ulnar collateral ligament, which links the metacarpal bone at the base of the thumb with the middle thumb bone.

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    Skin Infection

    Very common, caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites.

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    Skull Base Program

    The Skull Base Program at Lurie Children's uses a minimally invasive surgery technique that uses an endoscope introduced through the nose to provide access to the midline cranial base.

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    Sleep Medicine

    Lurie Children's sleep medicine specialists provide sleep studies and research for children with sleep disorders.

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    Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

    A hip condition that occurs in adolescents, when the ball at the top of the thighbone slips backward through the growth plate in the hip.

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    Slow-Flow Malformations

    Slow-flow malformations are abnormally formed veins or lymphatic channels that can happen anywhere in the body (excluding the brain). Learn more.

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    Smallpox

    A highly infectious viral disease caused by the variola virus, with symptoms including high fever, fatigue, head and back aches.

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    Solid Tumor Program

    The Solid Tumor Program at Lurie Children’s is a multidisciplinary program dedicated to providing world-class care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer.

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    Sound Experience

    Lurie Children's Sound Experience is a social experience for families of children with hearing loss. Learn more.

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    Spanish Clinic for Epilepsy Patients

    Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Center offers a dedicated epilepsy clinic for families whose preferred language is Spanish. Learn More.

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    Spasticity

    A condition caused by damage to the nerve pathways that control muscle movement, causing muscles to become overly excited.

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    Speaking Valve Evaluations

    A tracheostomy tube can impact a child’s ability to speak. Lurie Children's has speech-language pathologists to help determine if a speaking valve may be appropriate for your child.

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    Speech & Language Evaluations to Measure Communication Skills

    Learn what is tested in a speech and language evaluations.

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    Speech & Language Therapy Program

    Lurie Children’s Speech-Language Team specializes in evaluating and treating children from birth to 18 years of age who have difficulty communicating for a variety of reasons.

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    Speech Impairment

    Conditions in which a person has problems forming speech sounds necessary to communicate with others.

  • Specialty

    Speech-Language Pathology

    Lurie Children's highly qualified pediatric speech therapy specialists treat children with communication and feeding-swallowing disorders.

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    Spermatocele (Epididymal Cyst)

    A small, harmless lump that occurs on top of one of the testes inside the scrotum. It occurs in the epididymis, the thin tube that connects the testis with the vas deferens.

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    Spina Bifida

    A spinal column defect occurring in three forms: spina bifida occulta, which has no effect on function; meningocele; and myelomeningocele, the most serious kind.

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    Spina Bifida Center

    Lurie Children's experts treat children with spina bifida in a family-centered environment.

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    Spinal CSF Leak

    Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is a clear, colorless bodily fluid that acts as a natural shock absorber for the brain and spine and protects them from the jolts and knocks the body endures throughout the day. Learn more.

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    Spinal Disc Herniation

    When some of the gel inside the disc has leaked from its outer covering, leading to irritation and possibly compression of the spinal cord itself.

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    Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

    A genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls our ability to move our muscles voluntarily.

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    Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis

    Defects and resulting dislocations in the bones that make up the spinal column, typically causing pain and muscle spasms.

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    Sports Medicine

    Lurie Children's provides high-quality care for kids with sports-related conditions, focusing on the needs of growing children. 

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    Stem Cell Transplantation Program

    Lurie Children's is the nation's largest stem cell transplant center for children with damaged bone marrow. Learn more about pediatric stem cell transplants.

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    Stickler Syndrome

    Hereditary conditions affecting the connective tissues of the body, including eye problems, hearing problems, midfacial underdevelopment, spine problems, and early arthritis.

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    Stinger or Burner Injury

    Two terms for the same condition, a stretching or pinching of one or more of the nerves branching off the spinal cord, causing tingling/numbness in arms and fingers.

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    Stool Retention

    Lack of bowel movements, usually caused by both environmental and behavioral factors, resulting in impaction and accidental leakage.

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    Stool Retention Prevention

    Learn about the guidelines that can prevent stool retention over longer periods of time.

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    Stridor

    Stridor is the term for noisy breathing that comes from the upper airway (trachea and voice box) and can be heard without a stethoscope

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    Stroke

    A condition in which the blood supply to any part of the brain is interrupted by a blockage in a blood vessel or if the blood vessel bursts.

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    Structural Kidney Disease

    Either inherited or the result of a functional disease that has not been treated, such as urinary reflux or sepsis-induced kidney injury, usually necessitating dialysis or transplant.

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    Sturge-Weber Syndrome

    About 8% of infants with facial port-wine stains of the upper face and forehead will have SWS, which also may include seizures, headaches, visual changes, and cognitive and developmental delays.

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    Stye

    Also known as a hordeolum, an inflammation of the eyelid margin, seen more often in children than in adults, caused by an infection in the sweat glands in the eyelid.

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    ST​EP Procedure

    The Serial Transverse Enteroplasty Procedure (STEP) is a surgical technique to increase bowel length so it can function more efficiently, decreasing infections and improving nutrition for our patients.

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    Subglottic Stenosis (SGS)

    Subglottic stenosis is a narrowing of the lowest part of the voice box, below the vocal cords.

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    Substance Use & Prevention Program

    The Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) offers pediatric addiction medicine and services through age 25. Learn about the prevention program here.

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    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    The sudden and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age, also referred to as “crib death.”

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    Suicide

    Suicide is when a person causes his or her own death on purpose. Before attempting to take his or her own life, a person may have thoughts of wanting to die. This is called suicidal ideation. Learn more.

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    Supraventricular Tachycardia

    SVT is an arrhythmia where the heart beats abnormally fast. It doesn’t always need treatment, but we use medication and cardiac ablation to treat when needed.

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    Surgery

    Lurie Children's specializes in pediatric surgery to treat conditions from before birth to adolescence. Learn why we're a leader in pediatric surgery.

  • Treatment

    Surgical & Laser Tre​atments

    Lurie Children's pediatric dermatologists pioneered the surgical removal of skin lesions and laser treatment for a variety of vascular and pigmented skin lesions and have successfully practiced these approaches for more than a decade.

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    Surgical Oncology Program

    Our Pediatric Surgical Oncology Program offers multidisciplinary care for children diagnosed with solid organ tumors, including sarcomas, kidney tumors, liver tumors, neuroblastoma, gonadal (ovarian and testicular) tumors and thyroid tumors, among other rare conditions.

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    Survivors Taking Action and Responsibility (STAR) Program

    Lurie Children's STAR Program participates in research to improve care and quality of life of survivors and addresses late effects of pediatric cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplant treatment in children and young adults.

  • Condition

    Swimmer's Ear

    Also called otitis externa, a commonly occurring infection of the part of the ear canal between the outside of the ear and the eardrum.

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    Syncope

    The sudden loss of consciousness previously called a swoon but now commonly called a fainting spell.

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