Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Pediatric neurological surgery refers to neurosurgical conditions that afflict children. These pediatric neurosurgery conditions vary from tumors affecting children to congenital malformations, such as various forms of spina bifida, which present in childhood. Some disorders affect both adults and children (certain tumors, neurotrauma, some forms of epilepsy, aneurysms, vascular malformations, etc.) while others only present in children (medulloblastoma, congenital abnormalities, spina bifida, etc.).
Congenital disorders are diseases with which a person is born. They include genetic disorders and non-genetic malformations which occur in development or childbirth.
Genetic disorders refer to diseases caused by an abnormality of one or more genes. They can be inherited from our parents or they may form de novo in some cases. While an individual is born with the abnormality, some genetic disorders present early in life while others may not have significant clinical manifestations until later in life. On this page we focus on diseases that tend to present in childhood.
Follow each link below for more information about each specific condition:
- Pediatric Brain Tumors - While in general tumors, both benign and malignant, occur more commonly in older adults, there are some which can more commonly afflict children.
- Medulloblastoma - Medulloblastoma is of the most common tumors that occur in children.
- Pediatric Epilepsy - While epilepsy can affect people of any age, certain causes of epilepsy are more common to present in the pediatric population.
- Congenital Hydrocephalus
- Spina Bifida, Spinal Dysraphism and other Malformations
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This site is not intended to offer medical advice. Every patient is different, and only your personal physician can help to counsel you about what is best for your situation. What we offer is general reference information about various disorders and treatments for your education.