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Paediatric neurology

Caring for children with neurological concerns

Our consultant paediatric neurologists investigate, diagnose and treat conditions affecting the brain, spine, nerves and muscles of children.

Overview

If your child already has a neurological condition such as cerebral palsy or they're suspected of having one, they'll receive world-class care from us. Our consultants work as part of a multidisciplinary team with paediatric neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, specialist nurses and therapists. They collaborate with craniofacial and ENT consultants to make sure your child gets the most thorough treatment.

Not only is The Portland Hospital home to the UK's only private paediatric acute neurological rehabilitation centre, but we also have a level three paediatric intensive care unit so we can give your child the highest level of care, should they need it. We also use the latest technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques wherever possible. Every day, we do all we can to support you through this stressful time, and to create a relaxed, happy environment where your child can recover.

Expertise

Our team of world-leading paediatric neurologists are able to treat a wide range of conditions affecting the brain, spine and central nervous system.

  • Cerebral palsy

    Need to know

    Cerebral palsy encompasses a group of conditions. These relate to problems with muscle control and movement. They are the result of an injury to the brain before, during or after birth. There are a range of treatments available to help your child's development.

  • Childhood stroke

    Need to know

    A stroke can occur in children as young as 29-days-old. As with adults, a childhood stroke will either be caused by a blockage in the blood supply to the brain (ischaemic) or when the blood leaks from a burst blood vessel to the brain (haemorrhagic).

  • Childhood epilepsy

    Need to know

    Epilepsy in children is a common neurological (brain) condition. The brain experiences unwanted bursts of electrical activity, causing the body to have a seizure. This is commonly known as an epileptic fit. There are different diagnoses of childhood epilepsy. Our paediatric neurologists can identify...

  • Headaches and cluster headaches

    Need to know

    A headache is the symptom of pain anywhere in the head or neck region. It can occur as migraines, tension-type headaches and cluster headaches — a severe headache where the pain is usually limited to one side of the head.

  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy SDR

    Need to know

    Spastic diplegia is a condition that affects around 25% of children born with cerebral palsy. Children with this condition can find it difficult to walk due to stiffness (spasticity) in their legs. Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) cuts selected nerve roots in the spinal cord to reduce stiffness.

  • Cerebral hypoxia

    Need to know

    The brain requires a constant supply of oxygen to survive. Cerebral hypoxia is a reduction in the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain. Cerebral anoxia is when there is no oxygen supplied to the brain. In the latter, damage can be irreversible. The most common brain injuries are from falls, assaults...

  • Cavernoma

    Need to know

    A cavernoma is an abnormal collection of blood vessels in the brain or spinal cord. Also referred to as cavernous malformations, cavernomas vary in size and look a bit like mulberries. They can sometimes compress the structures of the brain, leading to bleeding or other neurological conditions. When...

  • Brain tumours in children

    Need to know

    Brain tumours are the most common type that develop in children. Primary tumours begin in the brain, whilst secondary growths have spread there from elsewhere in the body. Your child may experience symptoms such as headaches, vomiting or seizures. Whilst this is of course very worrying, our neurosurgeons...

  • Hydrocephalus

    Need to know

    Hydrocephalus is where an excess of cerebrospinal fluid builds in the ventricles within the brain, causing increased pressure. There are different types of hydrocephalus: • Congenital — present at birth, caused by genetic and environmental factors. • Acquired — following on from...

  • Motor Neuron Disease

    Need to know

    Motor neurone disease (MND) affects the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord, causing gradual weakness over time. This is because messages from the nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, causing them to weaken, stiffen and waste. There's no cure for MND but people can live with it...

  • Neuropathic pain

    Need to know

    If you have neuropathic pain you may experience burning, aching or electric shock sensations in the parts of the body supplied by the affected nerve. You may also experience pins and needles, numbness and weakness. Unlike most types of pain, neuropathic is usually unresponsive to common painkillers.

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

Our paediatric neurologists diagnose and treat conditions that affect children's brains, spines, nerves and muscles.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

The Portland Hospital facility

The Portland Hospital

The Portland is renowned for providing exceptional care to women, babies and children. Its paediatric neurology department is only one of a few places that offers treatments such as SDR surgery, and it has the UK's only paediatric acute neurological rehabilitation centre.

Request an appointment with a paediatric specialist

To request an appointment, call The Portland Hospital's paediatric unit on the number below. 

020 3918 6525
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