For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a multicenter observational study published in JAMA Neurology that looked at time to treatment in children with refractory convulsive status epilepticus and the impact on mortality.
A pediatrician with special training in neuromuscular disorders cautions that nothing replaces the traditional workup—a complete history and physical—for diagnosing neuromuscular complaints.
New research looks at the role of maternal-placental-fetal interaction on cognitive function and disease.
Stratifying tumors by their clinical characteristics and underlying biology will enable future targeting of specific therapies for glioma in children.
Phase III clinical trials of new antiepileptic medications show promise for reducing frequency of convulsive seizures in children.
Pediatricians are the frontline providers for identifying neurologic problems in neonates and infants.
When is a spot not just a spot? Children can sprout a variety of discolorations, and it takes a trained eye to know when to investigate further.
It’s no secret that babies love to look at their parents’ faces and hear their voices, but pediatricians are now being challenged to help parents understand that what they say to their children in the first years of their life can have a lasting effect on their brain development and scholastic achievement.
Crying and agitation for no apparent reason in children with severe neurologic impairment is a common and frustrating problem for parents and providers alike. A methodical approach is helpful in dealing with this problem, yet sometimes the cause is not apparent, even after a thorough search. It is helpful to explain to parents and caretakers that the cause of the distress may take some time to figure out, and that diagnosis is often difficult. However, in most cases, a satisfactory treatment can be found.
The presentation described a number of neonatal neurology issues about which pediatricians commonly have questions and described an efficient and evidence-based approach to doing a neonatal neurology exam called the Dubowitz exam.