Neuroscience Services and Conditions

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Each year, the child neurology and pediatric neurosurgery specialists with Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, care for approximately 10,000 children and teens with neurological conditions and perform more than 650 surgeries.

Our board-certified child neurologists provide evaluation and treatment for some of the most complex nervous system disorders and nervous system development issues. Our pediatric neurosurgeons, along with plastic surgeons, oncologists, orthopedic surgeons and other specialists, provide a high level of expertise for a wide range of conditions.

Neurology services, capabilities and equipment available include:

  • State-of-the-art electroencephalography (EEG) and video monitoring of inpatients and outpatients
  • Vagal nerve stimulation for tuberous sclerosis
  • Ketogenic diet (Read more.)
  • Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies for diagnosing and evaluating conditions
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (Watch video.)

We Treat All Spine and Brain Conditions

Our board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons, along with multidisciplinary specialists from the Norton Children’s network, are able to treat all neurological conditions, including:

Why Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute?

  • The Norton Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is a Level 4 epilepsy center, the highest rating available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Norton Children’s Hospital has held this designation since 2013.
  • We are the first in Kentucky and among the first in the nation to use neurostimulation in a pediatric patient.
  • Regional neurology care is available for children from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. We travel to clinics in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Corbin, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah, Kentucky; and Evansville, Indiana. We also perform a number of telemedicine visits each week.
  • Our specialists use state-of-the-art technology to treat epilepsy, uncontrollable seizures and deep brain tumors in children who, in the past, would not be candidates for surgery, including:
    • Visualase: Technology that allows neurosurgeons to perform MRI-guided laser ablation surgery. Fewer than two dozen pediatric hospitals in the U.S. offer this technology.
    • Surgical Theater: Virtual reality technology that creates an immersive 3D view of a patient’s brain, allowing neurosurgeons, the patient and family to see inside the skull and brain to get a greater understanding of the condition and impact of potential procedures. Norton Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in the region to use this technology.
  • We offer dedicated multidisciplinary clinics for brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, spina bifida, craniofacial injuries and disorders, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, spasticity, headache/migraine, autism and neurocutaneous disorders.
  • Our multidisciplinary craniofacial program was the first established in the Midwest.
  • We offer a neurogenetics clinic to evaluate and treat children with neurogenetic syndromes.
  • We have a neuropsychology program that specializes in the evaluation of children and teens with a variety of neurological, neurodevelopmental and medical conditions, including brain tumors and epilepsy.
  • Outpatient neurology facilities in downtown Louisville are equipped with in-office electroencephalography (EEG) capabilities and laboratory services in the same building, creating a streamlined, family-centered environment.
  • We offer the region’s first clinic to treat children with immune-mediated neurological disorders.

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