Ranked Among the Nation's Best

NeurologyThe Neurology and Neurosurgery programs at the Children's Hospital of Michigan are ranked among America's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Children's Hospitals rankings and has ranked in the top 50 programs in the nation for the past 10 years. Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery physicians on staff at the Children's Hospital of Michigan include world-renowned researchers in the field of epilepsy, autism, neurogenetics and neuroimaging.

The Children's Hospital of Michigan is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Home to some of the nation’s leading authorities on pediatric neurological diseases, the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a exemplary clinical program providing expert neurological care, surgery and resident training. Children and families travel to the Children's Hospital of Michigan from across the country and around the world for advanced neurological and neurosurgical care.

Multidisciplinary Family Centered Care

Specialists on the medical staff work closely with other subspecialists – including pediatric anesthesiologists, intensivists and radiologists – to provide sophisticated multidisciplinary pediatric neurology and neurosurgical care. A daily, walk-in clinic and same-day surgery appointments provide added convenience for families caring for children with neurosurgical disorders. In addition to delivering expert care, the neurologists and neurosurgeons on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are also actively involved in research and education.

A specialized trained team of pediatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses play an important role in providing exceptional, family centered patient care to pediatric patients with neurological conditions.  The neurosurgical team works closely with board certified pediatric anesthesiologists on the medical staff of the Children's Hospital of Michigan-helping to ensure even the smallest patients receive safe and effective anesthesia during neurosurgical procedures.

Advanced Imaging

The program offers advanced imaging technologies vital for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment of pediatric neurological diseases. The department operates two MRI scanners dedicated exclusively to pediatric patients . Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) testing is also available.

Neurologists on the medical staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan use PET scanning to pinpoint the origin of epileptic seizures – enabling neurosurgeons on staff to remove the affected tissue and dramatically improve the patient’s condition.

Pediatric neurogenetic experts at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan also offer comprehensive diagnostic and care services for children who have – or are suspected of having – a genetic disorder affecting the nervous system or muscles. Children’s Hospital of Michigan is home to one of the nation’s generalized neurogenetic DNA banks.

Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

The Neurology Department at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is nationally known for research, diagnosis and treatment of muscular diseases in children including muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, duchenne muscular dystrophy, and spinal muscular atrophy. Patients have access to innovative treatments and medications through clinical trials in which we participate. Working in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Department offers a multidisciplinary muscular dystrophy clinic in Detroit.

Specialized Services and Treatment provided by the Division of Neurology and Neurosurgery Include:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disorders of the Nervous System, Brain Tumors, Cerebral Revascularization/Bypass Surgery, Cerebral Vascular Disorders, Chiari Malformation, Concussions, Craniofacial Injuries and Anomalies, Demyelinating Disorders, Developmental/Behavioral Issues, Electromyography (EMG)/Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV), Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder),  Headaches including Migraine Headaches,  Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Epilepsy and Brain Tumors, Hydrocephalus, Ketogenic Diet, Leukodystrophy, Moya Moya Disease, MRI Guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Ablation TherapyMultiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuroimmunology Center, Neurofibromatosis Clinic, Neurogenetic and Metabolic Disorders, Neuromuscular Diseases and Muscular Dystrophy, Nerve Damage-Brachial Plexus Surgery, Neuropsychological Testing, Pediatric Stroke, Pituitary Tumors, Sleep Disorder, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spinal Disorders, Syringomelia, Skull Base Surgery, Tourette Syndrome,  Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation.

For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500.

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Headaches in Kids

Nov 18, 2019

2012Sivaswamy,LalithaHeadaches are common in children and teens.  In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost two out of three teens will complain of a headache each month.  The good news is most headaches are not serious.  But on occasion is can be a symptom of a more serious problem.  Recurring headaches of any type can also cause school and behavior problems and possibly depression.  

Lalitha Sivaswamy, MD, division chief of Neurology, at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers the following tips on how to recognize when your child’s headache may warrant medical attention.

  1. Your child complains that he or she is experiencing the worst headache ever.
  2. The headache becomes more severe or continuous.
  3. A child is awakened by a headache.
  4. A very young child is exhibiting symptoms of a headache.
  5. The headache is worsened by strain such as a cough or sneeze.
  6.  The headache is accompanied by vomiting but not nausea.
  7. A change in vision.
  8. Personality changes.
  9. Weakness in the arms or legs.
  10. Symptoms associated with a seizure or epilepsy.

Dr. Sivaswamy says if your instincts tell you the headache is out of the ordinary, it’s best to see your physician to rule out any potentially serious condition.