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Specialty Programs

Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease Program

The Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease Program diagnoses and treats conditions such as:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Congenital myopathies and myasthenia gravis
  • Hereditary neuropathies and other polyneuropathies

Affected children have access to the latest therapies, including drug trials, plasmapheresis and immunoglobulin when indicated.

Pediatric Movement Disorders and Spasticity Program

The Pediatric Movement Disorders and Spasticity Program treats conditions such as:

  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ataxia
  • Spasticity
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Myelomeningocele

Therapies include botulinum toxin injections, deep brain stimulation, physical therapy, orthopaedic interventions, intrathecal baclofen infusion and selective dorsal rhizotomy.

Pediatric Neurometabolic and Genetic Disorders Program

The Pediatric Neurometabolic and Genetic Disorders Program provides diagnosis and treatment for the complex genetic and metabolic disorders that underlie many pediatric neurological and developmental issues. Areas of particular focus include:

  • Central nervous system white matter disorders
  • Underlying genetic and metabolic disorders in the setting of mental retardation and epilepsy
  • Disorders of amino and organic acid metabolism
  • Lysosomal storage diseases
Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disorders Program

The Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disorders Program offers advanced imaging, comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for all forms of neonatal and childhood stroke including:

  • Central nervous system vasculitis
  • Stroke associated with cardiac disease or interventions
  • Neonatal stroke
  • Vasculopathy of neurofibromatosis

Children with acute stroke are cared for in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staffed full-time by experienced pediatric intensivists in conjunction with our pediatric neurologists.

Pediatric Neurocardiology Program

The Pediatric Neurocardiology Program offers care for children with a wide variety of congenital and acquired heart diseases, including the management of associated neurological conditions and complications of these disorders, as well as comprehensive neuromuscular and neurometabolic evaluation for children with unexplained cardiomyopathy or children undergoing heart transplantation.

Neonatal and Fetal Neurology Program

The Neonatal and Fetal Neurology Program offers prenatal consultation for a wide range of neurological disorders detected in utero by fetal ultrasound, MRI or amniocentesis. Consultation and treatment also are provided for a variety of newborn conditions, including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, neonatal seizures, stroke, CNS malformations and brachial plexopathies.

Neurocutaneous Disorders Program

The Neurocutaneous Disorders Program provides multidisciplinary care for a large population of children with neurocutaneous disorders such as:

  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome

Cleveland Clinic received designation from the Children’s Tumor Foundation as one of only 33 affiliate neurofibromatosis clinics nationally.

Pediatric White Matter Disorders and Multiple Sclerosis Program

The Pediatric White Matter Disorders and Multiple Sclerosis Program offers advanced diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis and white matter disease in children. Distinction among the many genetic, metabolic and acquired forms of pediatric white matter disease is facilitated by collaboration with pediatric neurology team members who are world-renowned specialists in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of this group of disorders.

Cyclic Vomiting Program

The Cyclic Vomiting Program evaluates and treats children with unexplained episodic vomiting. This program is the only one in Northeast Ohio and one of the only three in the country. The consultation includes an evaluation by a neurometabolic specialist and metabolic gastroenterologist. Experts in pediatric headache, psychology and psychiatry are an integral part of the team.

Pediatric and Adolescent Headache Program

The Pediatric and Adolescent Headache Program treats patients affected by both acute and chronic headaches, especially those with refractory headaches who have failed previous attempts at therapy.

In addition, a three-week inpatient rehabilitation program is offered to those whose headaches have resulted in excessive school absences and overuse of medication. Collaboration with other specialties, including psychology and rehabilitation, enhances outcomes. An infusion suite is available on an urgent basis for those experiencing headache crises.

Pediatric Autonomic Disorders Program

The Pediatric Autonomic Disorders Program provides state-of-the-art care for children with orthostatic hypotension or intolerance and syncope or other autonomic disorders affecting function of the sweat glands, peripheral nerves, heart or endocrine system. This multidisciplinary program is a result of the collaboration among Cleveland Clinic adult and pediatric neurologists and cardiologists, offering sophisticated diagnostic testing and advanced treatment.

Myelomeningocele Clinic

The Myelomeningocele Clinic is a multidisciplinary program offering the best available care for children with spina bifida. It is one of only a few such programs recognized by the Ohio Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps. Our team consists of pediatric specialists in neurology, urology, orthopaedics, orthotics, gastroenterology, and physical and occupational therapy. A dedicated nurse ensures that patients’ tests and visits are coordinated to minimize unnecessary visits. Consultants to this clinic specialize in neurosurgery, ophthalmology, psychology and social work. Cleveland Clinic’s spina bifida program has functioned continuously since it started in 1978.

Community Pediatric Neurology Program

The Community Pediatric Neurology Program offers expanded service closer to home for children with neurological disorders. The coverage area includes Cleveland Clinic’s main campus as well as its regional hospitals and family health centers. This outreach ensures convenient access to neurological services for families in our community.

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program provides comprehensive services to children suffering from cancers that affect the developing brain and spinal cord.

Cleveland Clinic’s brain tumor and neuro-oncology team is an established international leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of tumors of the brain, spine and nerves as well as their effects on the nervous system. The team utilizes the latest diagnostic and treatment modalities to provide pediatric and adolescent patients the most advanced care available and to extend hope for an improved quality of life.

Pediatric Epilepsy Program

The Pediatric Epilepsy Program is a multidisciplinary program that offers advanced treatment of epilepsy in children. The program has access to the latest in high-resolution, noninvasive imaging technology and sophisticated post-processing software to co-register and analyze data from multiple tests to better localize the seizure focus and develop a targeted treatment plan.

Pediatric Sleep Program

The Pediatric Sleep Program specializes in treating infants, children and adolescents with sleep problems. Specialists in child neurology, pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, child psychology and ear nose and throat surgery are available to treat a variety of disorders including bedtime struggles, nighttime awakenings, night terrors, sleepwalking, snoring, sleep apnea, bed-wetting, narcolepsy and nocturnal seizures.

Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program provides comprehensive services to children suffering from diseases that affect the developing brain and spinal cord. We treat a wide range of neurological disorders, including:

  • brain and spine tumors
  • hydrocephalus
  • spina bifida
  • tethered cord
  • craniofacial malformations
Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology Program

The Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology Program provides a full spectrum of mental health services for child and adolescent patients. The staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, specialists, social workers, counselors and therapists, is expert in the clinical evaluation and treatment of pediatric patients with a wide range of behavioral disorders.

Inpatient consultations are performed at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, outpatients in the P Building, and children and youth psychiatrically hospitalized at Fairview Hospital in a new state-of-the-art unit in a safe and secure community setting.