Craniosynostosis is a birth defect where parts of the baby’s skull close up too soon before the brain has developed completely. It is estimated that 1 in approximately 2,500 babies are born with this defect. For those who are new parents, what are the first signs of craniosynostosis?
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Moyamoya disease is a rare condition, occurring in approximately one out of every one million individuals in the United States. This disorder predominantly impacts children. Moyamoya is a rare progressive condition in which the blood vessels, known as carotid arteries in the neck that bring blood to the brain, become narrowed or constricted. This can
There may not be a more frightening phrase for parents than brain tumor. Nevertheless, we need to discuss and understand brain tumors since over 5,000 tumors are diagnosed in children and adolescents every year. Keep in mind a tumor does not necessarily mean cancer, but the effects of a tumor can be devastating. Keep reading
Vagus Nerve Stimulation, or VNS, is an implantable device, much like a pacemaker, used to deliver electrical pulses from the vagal nerve to the brain. VNS commonly treats neurological conditions like epilepsy in conjunction with anti-epileptic drugs. Let’s find out how vagus nerve stimulation after unsuccessful epilepsy treatment works.
Sometimes known as tethered spinal cord syndrome (TSCS), a tethered cord can cause complications which can affect movement and bodily functions. Breaking down the term tethered cord, “tethered” is defined as fastened or tied down and “cord” refers to our spinal cord which connects our brain and body. When this occurs and our spinal cord
We all have a clear fluid that protects and cushions our brain and spine known as cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF. This fluid is reabsorbed into the bloodstream on a daily basis, and then is replenished. Too much CSF can keep the brain from functioning properly, which describes hydrocephalus.
Community rallies around toddler as she returns home following groundbreaking brain surgery in Detroit
Shortly after birth, Rainey LaPrade was diagnosed with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by a birthmark on the face. Rainey wasn’t responding to non-surgical treatment and contiued to have seizures while undergoing medical treatment. Rainey was a great candidate for a surgery that the interim Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Michael Cools, said was developed
The crowd was “Rooting for Rainey” as 3-year-old Rainey LaPrade threw the first pitch. Rainey took the mound with her brother’s baseball team by her side. Her brother, Knox LaPrade, even caught the pitch. Rainey has Sturge Weber Syndrome and has suffered from seizures since she was 4 months old. Rainey underwent a major procedure
Educating your child’s school, teachers, and their peers about epilepsy is surely one of the most helpful tips for parents with epileptic children. Although there may be some limitations, children with epilepsy are perfectly capable of living a normal life and should be treated as such.
No matter the type of surgery your child is having, as a parent you are going to be anxious. In preparing them for surgery, it is important to prepare yourself too so you can convey a sense of calm and reassurance. Once you do that (or fake it) here is how to prepare your child