Neurology

The Pediatric Neurology Practice at Valley Children’s provides diagnostic services, medical treatment, and follow-up care to infants, children, and adolescents who have suspected or confirmed neurological disorders. Our pediatric board-certified neurologists and epileptologist manage and treat a variety of patients, including those with epilepsy disorders, neuromuscular disorders and spasticity. Our pediatric subspecialists work with referring physicians throughout the region and provide access to services in Merced, Modesto and Visalia for care close to home.

Services Offered and Conditions Treated

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Recurring seizures – including those associated with tumors, encephalitis or congenital disorders
  • Brain injury with seizures
  • Spinal cord injury diseases and disorders
  • New onset of weakness
  • Progressive loss of skills
  • Movement disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neuromuscular disease (neuropathy, myopathy, muscular dystrophy)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tic disorders

Expertise

  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Headaches
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Spasticity management
  • Behavioral problems associated with neurological conditions

Clinical Programs including the most advanced technology/procedures

  • Multidisciplinary Muscular Dystrophy Clinic
  • Epilepsy monitoring (continuous video EEG)
  • Vagal nerve stimulator (VNS)
  • Botox injection for the management of spasticity
  • Inthathecal baclofen pump
  • Ketogenic Diet Program

The division treats most conditions commonly associated with the specialty and utilizes the services of our dedicated pediatric nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and interpreters to help ensure the best, comprehensive care for each child.

Other common services provided at Valley Children’s include the following:

Diagnostic Procedures:

  • Neurological exam
  • Routine and Video EEG
  • Evoke Potential Examinations
  • MRI
  • Genetic diagnostic tools
  • Genetic screening
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Routine metabolic screening

Physician Referral Guidelines

Pediatric Neurology Referral Guidelines

 

Multidisciplinary Services

Neurology Testing Center

  • Provides diagnostic testing support

Cardiology

  • Collaborates with pediatric cardiologists at The Willson Heart Center to treat stroke patients.

Neurosurgery

Works closely with our pediatric Neurosurgeons to treat patients with the following neurological conditions:

  • Brian tumors 
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures

Rehabilitation

Close relationship with our Rehabilitation Center in treating patients with:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Acute neurological disorders
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome