If your doctor suspects that your child has tuberous sclerosis complex (also called TS or TSC), you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect and how your child’s condition will be cared for. Our Multi-Disciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Program at Children’s Hospital Boston combines the expertise of physicians who specialize in treating the various complications that children can experience from having tuberous sclerosis.
What we do
Our program is led by child neurologist Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, and includes Children's pediatric specialists in Epilepsy, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Genetics. Each member of our team has special expertise in treating children with tuberous sclerosis. Your child can see all of us at the same location, and we work closely with one another to anticipate our patients’ symptoms and manage them diligently.
We also work closely with you, knowing that your family is a central part of your child’s care team. A nurse coordinator, licensed genetic counselor and educational consultant provide essential support to our patients and their families. And through our Family to Family Program, you can talk with other parents whose children have tuberous sclerosis.
Looking to the future
In addition to providing expert care for children with tuberous sclerosis, we are searching for ways to improve treatment. We conduct clinical trials of new drugs, studies of the complications that children experience, and genetic studies to find DNA abnormalities that may contribute to the disease. In addition, Sahin leads a laboratory in which he and his colleagues conduct basic research to better understand the disease and to find new strategies for treatment.