Neuroanesthesia Program | Conditions and Treatments

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) involves a brief but intense attack of inflammation (swelling) in the brain and spinal cord that damages the brain's myelin. Myelin is the protective...

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Bacterial Meningitis

Overview Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the three thin layers of tissue, known as meninges, which cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis may be caused by a virus or by...

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Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are relatively rare in children, occurring in only five of every 100,000 children. Although childhood brain tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), both types can...

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Encephalitis

There’s a lot of information on the Internet about encephalitis—much of it misleading. People often hear "encephalitis" and think virus—particularly West Nile virus. But encephalitis (inflammation of...

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Guillain Barre Syndrome

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome? Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) occurs when the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system — the system of nerves that run though the body, outside the brain...

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Head or Brain Injury

What is a head injury? “Head injury” is a broad term that describes many different types of conditions—ranging from bumps and bruises to concussions, skull fractures and serious brain injuries. While...

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Meningitis

Meningitis is a bacterial or viral infection that causes three thin layers of tissue that surround the brain and the spinal cord to swell. Doctors at Boston Children's Hospital have been leaders and...

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Seizures

Seizures happen when brain cells fire or “talk” too much, temporarily disrupting the brain’s normal electrical signals. They’re quite common, especially in infants and young children, and they have a...

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Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord serves not just one critical function, but several. A compact but extremely powerful package of nerves, it works with the brain to transmit important messages that are responsible for...

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Stroke

Is my child having a stroke? If you see any of these symptoms in your child, don’t wait—go directly to an emergency room. weakness on one side of the body difficulty speaking difficulty walking or...

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