Pediatric Neurology

EMMC Pediatric Neurology cares for children from infancy to adolescence with all forms of neurologic disorders. Beginning with initial diagnosis and extending to long-term care, we provide the support and compassion each child and their family needs.

When a child’s doctor recommends that the child sees a neurologist, it is because they suspect a disorder of the nervous system. When your child has a problem related to the nervous system it is comforting to know that a specialist can evaluate, diagnose and treat your child close to home to help them recover or improve. 

Our team of board certified pediatric neurologists, pediatric neurology nurses, and dedicated staff work together to diagnose your child and provide the best possible care.

While we specialize in all forms of nervous system disorders, some of the more typical neurologic disorders and diseases we diagnose and treat include:
 
  • Developmental delays and disorders
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Headache and migraine disorders
  • Head and spinal cord trauma
  • Head shape or head size disorders
  • Infectious or inflammatory disorders of the nervous system
  • Motor impairments: cerebral palsy, ataxias, hypotonia and hypertonia
  • Movement disorders: Tourette syndrome, other tic disorders, chorea, dystonia
  • Neuromuscular disorders: neuropathy, muscular dystrophy
  • Neurogenetic or hereditary disorders
  • Neonatal neurologic disorders
  • Progressive or degenerative neurologic disorders
  • Stroke and other vascular disorders of the brain
During an evaluation at our pediatric neurology clinic, the doctor will perform a physical exam and take a detailed history. Most of the care we provide is on an outpatient basis at the Eastern Maine Medical Specialty Care Clinic in Bangor or at our satellite clinic at Inland Hospital in Waterville.  Our pediatric neurologists also are available to consult at Eastern Maine Medical Center for children who have been hospitalized.

In addition to the history and examination, a number of tests may be recommended by our neurologists, such as laboratory evaluations of the blood, urine or rarely cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that bathes and nourishes the brain and spine), as well as:
 

Electrophysiology Studies

A test that measures and records the electrical activity of the brain.
A diagnostic test used to evaluate the health of muscles and the nerves that control them. An EMG uses a tiny needle electrode to detect electrical activity within a muscle.
A diagnostic test used to measure how well and how fast nerves are able to send electrical signals. A nerve conduction study uses a tiny electrode taped to the skin to measure the speed and strength of signals traveling between two or more points on the body.
A video EEG test records electrical activity of the brain on an EEG and takes a video of what is going on at the same time in order to be able to see what is happening when a patient has a seizure or event and then compare these two recordings at the same time.

Neuroimaging Studies

A diagnostic image produced using x-ray equipment and computer processing to produce 2-dimensional images of the brain or body.
A computed tomography scan used to visualize the arteries and veins in and around the brain.
An image of the brain produced using sound waves.
An imaging study using MRI to visualize the blood vessels (arteries or veins) in and around the brain or other parts of the body.
A diagnostic image that does not use ionizing radiation but instead uses a large magnet and a computer to scan the brain or other parts of the body. This provides the doctor with information that is not available from other scans.