Pediatric Neurological Conditions

Our physicians make every attempt to stay at the forefront of treatment advances, making sure they provide our patients with the best care possible. We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing and treating children’s neurological disorders. The following is a list of some of the conditions we treat.

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Multiple Sclerosis

A disease of the central nervous system in which the cells that protect the nerves are damaged, decreasing their ability to transmit signals of muscle control or sensation.

Muscular Dystrophies

Thirty or more genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement.

Myasthenia Gravis (congenital and acquired)

A life-long condition in which the immune system fights its own body, causing problems with nerves that communicate with the muscles, resulting in muscle weakness.

Myoclonus

The sudden involuntary contraction or relaxation of a muscle or group of muscles.

Neurofibromatosis

An inherited condition characterized by benign tumors in the cells surrounding nerves, occurring in two types: Type 1 found in younger children, and Type 2 in the older child.

Neuromuscular Disorders

Conditions affecting control of voluntary muscles, especially those of the legs and arms, affecting a child’s crawling, walking, head and neck control, breathing and swallowing.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy describes several diseases of, damage to, or malfunctions of the nervous system.

Optic Neuritis

Optic neuritis is the inflammation and swelling of the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the back of the eye to the brain and transmits signals allowing sight.

Parkinsonism

A group of symptoms usually including tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and postural instability, similar to Parkinson's disease, but resulting from several causes.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

A chronic condition most often seen after the onset of puberty, usually indicated by the elevation of heart rate upon standing, causing dizziness and palpitations.

Pseudotumor Cerebri (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension)

A condition caused by pressure around the brain that mimics a tumor when there is no tumor, thought to be caused by a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

Spasticity

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