Vascular problems in children's developing brains require special individualized care in an experienced pediatric center.
At the Pediatric Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Texas Children's Hospital, we have a multispecialty team working together to offer the best diagnostic and treatment options for our patients. There are few programs of this kind, since pediatric stroke and pediatric neurovascular diseases are relatively rare.
I run a multidisciplinary pediatric neurovascular conference at Texas Children's Hospital, where we discuss pediatric neurovascular cases and obtain consensus for best treatment recommendations for each child.
Specialists involved in the spectrum of care include neurosurgeons, endovascular neurointerventional neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, critical care intensivists, anesthesiologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, as well as hematologists, and geneticists.
We work in collaboration with the Vascular Anomalies center and the highly respected genetics program at Baylor College of Medicine.
Patients and their parents spend time with our vascular genetics team including our genetics counsellor to understand the implications of diagnosis not only on the child, and also on siblings and future family planning.
In addition, we offer participation in our tissue bank, where surgical samples after AVM resection and cavernoma removal are stored securely for future study.