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Contact the Pediatric Neuro-immunology Program

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Pediatric Neuro-immunology Program Overview

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Autoimmune disorders are diseases in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. These disorders can affect many different parts of the body. In our Pediatric Neuro-immunology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, we care for children and adolescents who have autoimmune disorders that affect their central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). These diseases are referred to as neuro-immune disorders. They include:

  • opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome (“dancing eyes syndrome”)

  • central nervous system vasculitis

  • Hashimoto’s encephalopathy

  • lupus

  • auto-immune encephalitis

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for children and families affected by these rare disorders.

One major group of neuro-immune conditions is “demyelinating” disorders, in which the immune system damages the protective covering of nerves, myelin. Children with these conditions are cared for in a related program at Boston Children’s, our Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Program. These disorders include:

Our program is part of the Boston Children’s Brain Center, which is made up of more than 100 doctors, including some of the world’s top

pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists and developmental behavioral pediatricians.

Comprehensive care

Many of these disorders involve not only the nervous system but other parts of the body, as well. Depending on your child’s individual case, we work with other Boston Children’s specialists who have expertise in caring for children with these conditions. These include:

Our program is designed to support all of the needs that your child and family may have as your child is being treated.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO