Conditions we treat
Whether it's a tiny baby barely minutes old, a teenager or a young adult, every patient and family member we see puts a lot of trust in us; an honor we do not take lightly. Which is why, when it comes to the brain and nervous system, we treat a wide variety of conditions, from the simple to the most complex.
As part of our promise, we work every day to bring the latest treatment options and breakthrough discoveries to the patients and families of North Texas and beyond. We understand the unique inner workings of the entire central nervous system, and we also understand the challenges and specialized requirements of treating conditions in growing and rapidly changing bodies. Our clinical programs and medical specialists are among the most respected in the nation, and they offer some of the most advanced care in illnesses, injuries and disorders of the brain and nervous system.
Acute cerebellar ataxia
Acute cerebellar ataxia, or cerebelitis, is a disorder of the nervous system. It is the sudden onset of a disturbance in coordination.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Kids with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.
Cerebral aneurysms are very rare in children. Often there are no symptoms leading up to the aneurysm. However, if your child complains about headaches, has trouble seeing, or loses consciousness, they should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
There are three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, one of them is the arachnoid membrane. Sometimes little fluid filled sacs form between the brain or spinal cord and the arachnoid membrane, these are called arachnoid cysts.
The brachial plexus is group, or network, of nerves that carry signals from the spinal cord to control the feeling and movement of shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists and hands.
Brain tumors are the most common solid tumors of childhood, as common as leukemia. They are also among the most challenging to diagnose and treat.
The neurologists at Cook Children's Medical Center are experts in the treatment and care of cerebral palsy. From birth through young adulthood, we're here to remove as many obstacles as is to help you and your child overcome challenges and lead a life with as few limitations as possible.
Charcot-Marie Tooth disease
The movement disorder specialists at Cook Children are very experienced in the diagnosis of Charcot-Marie Tooth disease and in providing a treatment that can help improve your child's symptoms so they can participate as much as possible in their day to day life.
A Chiari malformation is a brain abnormality that affects the lower part of the brain, called the cerebellum. Many kids with this abnormality don't know they have the condition because they never have symptoms, and therefore aren't bothered by it.
If your child has been diagnosed with chorea, or your pediatrician suspects your child has it, you have probably experienced your child's frustration, and at times embarrassment, of movements he or she simply can't control.
If your baby's skull has closed too early, he or she will be referred for surgery. The neurologists and neurosurgeons here at Cook Children's are very experienced at this type of surgery. And because we are a pediatric health care system, we are also experts in kids. Our goal is separate the fused bones so that the brain and your child can grow to be their healthy best.
When any child has a seizure it can seem quite scary. When that child is a baby, even more so. Dravet syndrome seizures typically occur in a child's first year of life. They can occur often and are febrile, which means they are fever-related.
Dystonia is a disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The movements may be painful, and some individuals with dystonia may have a tremor or other neurologic features.
Advances in medicine make this rare disease more treatable than ever. And the specialists at the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children's are among the best in the country at treating this disease.
Epilepsy is a disease of the central nervous system in which electrical signals of the brain misfire. These disruptions cause temporary communication problems between nerve cells, leading to seizures. A seizure can be thought of as an "electrical storm" that causes the brain to do things that the person having the seizure doesn't intend.
Kids, like adults, are prone to headaches. Depending on the cause, some types of headaches can disrupt a child's daily activities. Fortunately, the Headache Program team at Cook Children's is here to offer relief.
Hydrocephalus is a brain condition that gets its name from the Greek word for water (meaning "hydro") and head (meaning "cephalus"). It occurs when cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) — the clear, water-like fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord — is unable to drain from the brain. It then pools, causing a backup of fluid in the skull.
The specialists at Cook Children's are extremely knowledgeable about hypothalamic hamartomas and are here to help restore the quality of life for your child and your family.
Parkinson's symptoms can actually appear in children as young as six. In some cases even younger. All of these cases are extremely rare. But if you've been child has or might have Juvenile Parkinson's (JP), you are no doubt in shock. While JP is very rare, the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children's is one of a handful of pediatric programs with expertise in treating children, teens and young adults with JP.
Here at Cook Children's, our neurosciences team is very experienced in the care and treatment of Lyme disease, and especially the complications it can cause.
Because many movement disorders are lifelong conditions, an important focus of our team is help each child achieve the maximum amount of independence they are capable of in childhood all the way through adulthood.
Multiple sclerosis and demyelinating disease
Early diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases in children can help to lessen symptoms and reduce the risk of long-term damage to the child's nervous system. The goal of Cook Children's is to provide the most advanced care to our patients, giving them the best quality of life from childhood into adulthood.
Our Muscular Dystrophy Association supported program offers hope through advanced medicine, research and the support of one of the finest muscular dystrophy specialty teams on the globe.
For children, teens and young adults who develop more serious myoclonus disorders, there is a team of renowned neuroscientists at Cook Children's who are ready to treat them and help them have as active a life as possible.
Neurofibromatosis is one of the most common neurocutaneous syndromes. It can cause tumors to grow on nerve cells, producing skin changes, bone deformities, eye problems, and other complications, particularly in the brain.
If your child is experiencing seizures, the experienced neurology team at Cook Children's is here to help determine what's causing them and how to get them under control so that your child can enjoy being a kid to the fullest extent possible.
Spasticity is a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness of muscle, which might interfere with movement, speech, or be associated with discomfort or pain.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. Spina bifida occurs at the end of the first month of pregnancy when the two sides of the embryo's spine fail to join together, leaving an open area.
Because the causes and symptoms are so different, treating stroke in children requires specialized training. The good news is that, compared to adults, children have a better chance of recovering from stroke. That's because their brains are still growing, so they have a better chance of growing up and becoming happy, healthy adults.
Tethered spinal cord syndrome, or tethered cord, is a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments, or tethers, that connect to other parts of the back including the bone, muscle and connective tissues. This limits the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column and causes the spinal cord to stretch because the bones, muscles and tissue grow faster than the spinal cord.
Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes tics — sudden, repetitive movements or sounds that some people make, seemingly without being aware of it. Tics are far more common than you might realize. Indeed, many people have tics that go away in less than a year or mild tics that don't interfere with their lives.
Traumatic brain and spine injuries
When your child suffers a serious injury to the brain or spine, finding the right care is critical to their recovery. When you choose the team of specialists at the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children's, you can trust that your child is in the care of some the most respected and amazing neuro specialists in the country.
If your child has been diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), you probably already know that this is a lifelong disease and that, in some cases, can be somewhat devastating. What you may not know is that most people live healthy, active, productive lives long into adulthood.