The best treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. Our team uses the latest imaging tests and other diagnostic services available to pinpoint the cause of your child's symptoms. For some children, the diagnosis is made based on a genetic test. Our children's hospitals are home to internationally known medical genetics departments staffed by experts who can help you understand your child's genetic test results, and what they mean for his or her care and for your family.
Depending in your child's diagnosis, his or her care could include one or more of the following approaches:
Medications are typically the first line of therapy for disorders such as epilepsy and chronic headaches. Our neurologists carefully assess the roots of your child's symptoms and choose the medication best suited for his or her care. In the case of epilepsy, it is sometimes necessary to try different medications before finding one that works to control your child's seizures.
While some children with brain and spinal tumors benefit from radiation therapy, this treatment can affect neurological development in some young patients. A pediatric radiation oncologist will work with the other cancer specialists managing your child’s care to see if radiation therapy is the most effective treatment option for your child. If so, we use radiation therapy that is highly targeted to the tumor, sparing nearby healthy tissue.
Rehabilitation is a major component of care for children with certain disorders of the nervous system, such as cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, and other disorders affecting movement. Your child may also need physical or occupational therapy after surgery. Our pediatric rehabilitation specialists have special training in the rehabilitation of children. They will customize a program of care to help your child regain or maintain movement and function.