Outpatient or ambulatory clinics, focusing on disorders of the brain in children, are held throughout the week as a referral based service.
Current clinics include:
We offer the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Canada’s first comprehensive treatment centre for epileptic adults and children.
The program offers patients expertise of a team of specialized physicians, surgeons, nurses, technologists and therapists in the areas of neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, pediatrics, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
The pediatric portion of the program assesses an average of 1,000 children per year. These children are seen in weekly epilepsy clinics as outpatients or inpatients in the Stollery’s Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. The program helps pediatric patients control their seizures through medications, vagal nerve stimulators (implanted electrodes) or surgical intervention. The Comprehensive Epilepsy program has provided epilepsy care of children across Alberta and Canada for over 25 years.
With expertise in pediatric ischemic brain disease and thrombosis, our division offers highly specialized, multidisciplinary care for children who suffer strokes. Currently, patients are seen for their acute stroke, managed and followed in a clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
We operate a multidisciplinary Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. This clinic provides specialized treatment to children with neuromuscular diseases like muscular dystrophy. Precise diagnostic clinical assessments, including nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG), are also available at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Neurometabolic/neurodegenerative and movement disorder
Our division runs a neurometabolic service. This clinic sees patients with focuses on patients with metabolic disorders of the nervous disorders that may cause developmental regression as well as neurocutaneous disorders. The clinic also sees patients with movement disorders such as chorea and dystonia and works in collaboration with our Pediatric Movement Disorder Clinic (PMDC) at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
Neurogenetics of intellectual disability (ID)
We have established a Neurogenetics Clinic at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital that offers a consultation service in neurogenetics of intellectual disability. Intellectual disability affects three percent of the population and patients require complex care. The clinic collaborates with developmental pediatric and physical medicine programs very actively to provide comprehensive care to the patients with ID.
We recently established a multidisciplinary Fragile X Clinic, which is affiliated with the National Fragile X Association. Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of intellectual disability. At this clinic, patients with Fragile X and their family have access to our pediatric neurologists and nurses. Also, through collaboration with the Genetics department, patients and families are assisted with genetic counseling and investigation of family members when necessary.
We have established a perinatal consult service designed to meet the needs of those parents and newborns who have been shown to have abnormalities in brain development. As a new program with much to be learned, research and understanding of this evolving area are an active component.
Neonatal brain injury
We provide an active consultation program with expertise in newborn brain disorders. Located at the Stollery, the consultation program works with the neonatal intensive care nurseries and perinatal programs in the acute management of newborns who have experienced brain injury. The program coordinates patients with follow-up care from our colleagues in neonatology and developmental pediatrics.
Headache and migraine
We run a specialized Headache Clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The clinic diagnoses and treats children with complex headache disorders using a variety of treatment strategies from medications to Botox. To improve the overall care and outcomes of children, the clinic uses a collaborative approach by working closely with pediatric neurologists and community pediatricians.
The Pediatric Autonomic Function Laboratory
We have one of the first child and adolescent specific autonomic laboratories in Canada. Children and adolescents with autonomic dysfunction may have any number of signs or symptoms including fainting, dizziness, fatigue, heat or cold intolerance, constipation, and fluctuations in body temperature.
Our laboratory uses a battery of standardized tests to help characterize the function of the autonomic nervous system which controls many of the systems in the body including heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, temperature, and the movement of the bowels. Testing may lead to a diagnosis of conditions like Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), neurocardiogenic syncope, or may simply help identify areas of autonomic dysfunction as part of another medical condition such as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome.