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The Pediatric Neuroscience Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital - 10 Years of Continued Growth

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has developed one of the region’s most comprehensive pediatric neuroscience institutes in the state. The Pediatric Neuroscience Institute treats the medical needs of children with neurological and neuro-developmental disorders. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s started a pediatric neurology program in 2003. Today’s Institute has dedicated inpatient, and outpatient facilities, specialized nursing and technical support and a team of four child neurologists and epileptologists. The Institute is dedicated to the evaluation, diagnosis and management of neurological problems in children from newborn to 18 years of age. The Institute manages and treats children with disorders of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral system (peripheral nerves and muscles).

There are many different neurological disorders found in children, including epileptic seizures, brain tumors, movement disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, muscle diseases such as Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, and many other dystrophies. Other conditions include learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, and progressive deteriorating diseases such as Tay-Sach’s, Krabe’s and Adrenoleukodystrophy. In some cases treatment requires neurosurgery, as is the case when brain tumor resections or epilepsy surgery is needed or there is a need to perform a ryzotomy, which improve mobilization in patients with spastic cerebral palsy. In some cases other medical interventions also may help in improving the quality of life for these children.

One of the program’s diagnostic tools in the treatment of epilepsy and other paroxsymal disorders is the video EEG. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s has a dedicated Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit designed to help meet the needs of children with this condition. Studies show that up to 5% of the pediatric population will have at least one seizure in their life by the time they are 18. The program serves patients with severe epilepsy using both pharmacologic and surgical interventions.

Pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons have successfully treated children who suffer seizures by implanting a pacemaker- like device connected to the vagal nerve of the brain. The Institute also works closely with the hospital’s Division of Developmental Pediatrics providing evaluation, diagnosis and management of motor disabilities, developmental delays, multiple learning disabilities, speech and language disorders including autism and attention deficit disorders. The Institute also is works with the hospital’s craniofacial multi-disciplinary team, treating who are diagnosed with associated neurological problems and need treatment.

To find out more about the Pediatric Neuroscience Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital call 732-339-7870 or visit us on the web at www.saintpetershcs.com.