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Division of Paediatric Neurology, one of the major centres of excellence in the Department of Neurology, is well equipped to treat the entire range neurological disorders in children. The Division has the expertise for the evaluation and management of neurological disorders including epilepsy, sleep disorders, stroke, neuromuscular disorders, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities.
Epilepsy: One of the commonest neurological disorder in children. This requires evaluation by EEG & majority of patients respond to drugs. 15% may remain refractory to drug treatment. Epilepsy is one of the thrust areas of the division and the program is well known in the national and international circuits.
The hallmarks of the paediatric epilepsy services:
Sleep Disorders: One of the less attended problem in paediatric age group. Poor sleep can result in memory problems, impaired attention affecting studies. The symptoms may be excessive day time sleepiness, snoring or abnormal behavior in sleep. We have a well equipped sleep lab for doing PSG, MSLT & PAP titration for various sleep problems. Currently, it is the only center in kerala offering comprehensive evaluation and management for sleep disorders in children
Stroke: Paediatric stroke is an acute emergency. A 24-hour imaging facility providing CT, the division has MRI, MRV, MRA & DSA. A well equipped neurosurgery department supports the division in the management of stroke including revascualrisation procedures for rare disorders like Moya Moya disease.
Critical Care: An exclusive paediatric ICU with paediatric ventilator and bed side EEG machine is available for any acute neurological emergencies like status epilepticus and viral encephalitis. The division is well supported by a well trained critical care team.
Behavioural and Learning Disorders : Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities are becoming increasingly common in children. The Division has child psychologists & special educators for the evaluation and management of these children. Special parental guidance is also available.
Neuromuscular Disorders: The division uses all the state-of-the-art techniques in the evaluation of the neuromuscular disorders like NCS, EMG , nerve & muscle biopsy
In addition , the division runs weekly multispecialty clinics for the management of children with cerebral palsy, other gait disturbances and brachial plexus injuries.