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All children have individual physical, emotional and psychological needs – as we’re sure that you, as a parent, are well aware. But children with conditions that affect the brain, muscle or nervous systems have even more specialized needs. That’s where the Neurology Service at Children’s Health Dallas comes in. Children’s Health Neurology program is one of the best in the nation. 

Why Children’s Health℠?

Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, Children’s Health℠ is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. For more than 100 years, Children’s Health℠ has been dedicated to making life better for children afflicted with complex conditions that require optimal care.

U.S. News & World Report, in its 2017-2018 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, named us as one of the top U.S. pediatric hospitals. Children's Neurology and Neurosurgery ranked high on the list. We scored high or superior in categories that include

  • Management of epilepsy patients
  • Workup and care volume
  • Commitment to best practices
     

The survey also recognized us for taking the important steps to engage family members. Your child, you and other family members are assured the most compassionate and effective care.

Conditions We Treat

  • Cerebrovascular disease – a group of brain dysfunctions caused by disease in the blood vessels that feed brain tissue
  • Cognitive disorders – mental health disorders that affect learning, memory, perception and problem solving
  • Developmental delay or regression – when a child demonstrates slow progression when it comes to major “milestones” (e.g., sitting up, crawling, holding objects, vocal skills, etc.) Regression can be caused by accidents, such as head trauma. Affected children seem to be taking backward steps in development.
  • Disorders of gait and movement –central nervous system disorders that affect a child’s control of movement
  • Encephalitis – acute inflammation of the brain
  • Epilepsy – a seizure disorder that affects the brain’s information carriers: nerve cells (neurons)
  • Muscular dystrophy – a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and affect movement
  • Myasthenia gravis – a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal muscles
  • Neurological disorders in the newborn – a group of neurological disorders that affect newborns and require clinical care
  • Neurological examination – physician assessment of a child’s sensory neuron and motor responses (e.g., reflexes) to determine impairment of the nervous system.
  • Neuromuscular disease – a broad term that refers to the many diseases that impair muscle function
  • Neuromuscular disorders – disorders that affect the nerves that control a child’s voluntary muscles
  • Poor muscle tone – or hypotonia, a condition that affects muscle strength
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) – a genetic disorder that affects control of muscle movement
  • Stroke – occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving tissue of oxygen and food. It can result in loss of brain function.
  • Trauma – serious accidents such as head injury that can affect a child’s development
  • Tremor/tics – abnormal, or hyperkinetic, movements that can lead to eating disorders and behaviors such as hair pulling, among others
  • Weakness of one or more limbs – which can indicate a serious disorder

Specific disorders treated include:

  • Autism – a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs during infancy or childhood. Generally, children affected by the disorder demonstrate impaired ability for social interaction and impaired verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Cerebral palsy – a common congenital childhood condition. The term refers to a group of permanent, non-progressive movement disorders that cause physical disability.

Research

Children’s Health and UT Southwestern engage in research that includes

  • Metabolic disorders of the nervous system
  • Neuromuscular disease clinical trials
  • Anti-epileptic drug trials
  • Clinical trials in pediatric stroke
  • Clinical studies in the autism spectrum

 

How We Serve

Our Neurology Service cares for children with conditions across the neurological and developmental spectrum. We place particular emphasis on muscular, physiologic and behavioral disorders.

Your child will receive the finest care, as the Neurology Service includes leaders in pediatric neurology. Also, our collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center brings advanced research in pediatric neurology from the lab to the bedside.

UT Southwestern provides comprehensive diagnosis and management for children at Children’s Health℠ – from the newborn to the late adolescent who have disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerve or muscle.