Pediatric Neurology

When a child has a neurologic condition, such as a seizure, stroke or neuromuscular disorder, it can be scary.

Norton Children’s Hospital offers outstanding neurological condition diagnosis, treatment and care through child/pediatric neurology services provided by Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.

Our child neurologists treat conditions of the brain, spinal cord, and all muscles, nerves and blood vessels in these two systems. Our team is dedicated to caring for children with some of the most complex neurological system and nervous system development disorders. We ensure that your family is part of the process and has answers and support along the way.

Every Child, From Infant to Young Adult, Receives Customized Care

We begin with a thorough neurological examination to assess your child’s muscle strength, movement, balance, speech, memory, nerve function in the head and neck, and other cognitive functions. We then develop a care plan to meet the unique needs of your child. With advanced diagnostic techniques, our experienced team of board-certified child neurologists, and access to the support and rehabilitation services of Norton Children’s Hospital, you can be confident your child is getting the care they deserve.

Conditions Treated by Norton Children’s Neurologists

Each year, Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute providers care for approximately 10,000 patients with neurological conditions. Our board-certified neurology providers specialize in:

  • Autoimmune encephalitis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Concussion and acquired/traumatic brain injury
  • Developmental disorders
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Low muscle tone (hypotonia)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Neurocutaneous disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Tourette syndrome and tics
  • Tremors

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 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.
  • The specialists with Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, 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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