Pediatric Neurosurgery Conditions

Nationally Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgery Team

Loyola Medicine’s nationally renowned pediatric neurosurgery team offers a complete range of integrated services to treat conditions that require neurosurgery, such as brain disorders and spinal disorders. 

Our team at the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center has decades of experience helping children and their families feel more comfortable when facing major surgery for brain tumors and a wide spectrum of other conditions. Your child's healthcare team will explain every detail of his or her condition so that you feel well-prepared and confident going into surgery.

Loyola also has expertise in caring for children with serious neurologic disorders and is widely known for taking on the most challenging cases. We understand that this is a difficult time for your child, and our compassionate team will guide you through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Why Choose Loyola for Pediatric Neurological Surgery?

Loyola’s compassionate team understands that pediatric neurological conditions that require surgery can be life-changing not only for the patient, but also for family members. Loyola takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and provides support services for patients and families. As an academic medical center, Loyola provides compassionate, exceptional care for patients and trains future leaders in neurology and neurosurgery. 

Your child will benefit from the latest diagnostic testing available, including MRI, extremity MRI (arm and leg images), CT scan, EEG/EMG, PET scan, epilepsy monitoring and sleep studies. Loyola’s pediatric neurosurgeons also have access to the latest in research and clinical trials

Loyola’s Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital is designed to comfort children and promote healing as they receive treatment from our highly experienced pediatric neurosurgery team. Parents whose children will be treated at Loyola are invited to stay at the Ronald McDonald® House near Loyola,  which is located just outside Loyola’s Maywood campus. 

Conditions Treated with Pediatric Neurosurgery at Loyola

Loyola’s highly skilled pediatric neurosurgeons are pleased to offer minimally invasive surgery for pediatric brain tumors, which allows our pediatric patients to recover with less pain and time in the hospital. We provide a full spectrum of diagnostic testing, including Wada testing for epilepsy, nerve conduction studies, pediatric cerebral angiographies and diagnostic angiographies. 

Loyola’s team treats the following conditions:

  • Arachnoid cyst
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Astrocytoma
  • Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor
  • Brain, spinal cord, spine or skull disorders
  • Brain stem malformation
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Cavernoma
  • Cavernous malformation of the brain stem
  • Choroid plexus tumor
  • Congenital malformation of the brain
  • Cranial disorders and nerve condition
  • Craniofacial syndrome
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Developmental venous anomaly
  • Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma
  • Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor
  • Ependymoma
  • Extradural tumor
  • Germ cell tumor
  • Gliomatosis cerebri
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intradural tumor
  • Intramedullary tumor
  • Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA)
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Pediatric epilepsy
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Pituitary gland malfunction
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Spinal nerve conditions
  • Traumatic brain and spine injuries
  • Tumors of the brain or central nervous system​

Exceptional Services for Pediatric Neurosurgery Patients

Patients of Loyola’s pediatric neurosurgery team can benefit from the unique services at Loyola, which include:

  • Neurology rehabilitation services — If your child requires it following surgery, Loyola offers complete rehabilitation services that include acute inpatient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation, home care rehabilitation, neuromuscular rehabilitation and speech, occupational and physical therapy.
     
  • Pediatric intensive care unit — The Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital has a 14-bed pediatric intensive care unit designed with the latest technology to treat critically ill children
     
  • Support services — As part of our mission to provide compassionate care, Loyola offers a range of support services, including child life, play rooms, chaplain services, social work services, home care and rehabilitative services.