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When it comes to kids' brain and nervous system conditions, the neuroscience program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is on a mission. We're determined to be a national leader in care and research. That's why we work hard to bring you the latest technologies, best facilities and the best experts around.

Children's pediatric neuroscience program treats a range of nervous system illnesses and injuries in kids from birth to age 21. We know how to treat concussions, brain tumors and epilepsy as well rare disorders that many have never heard of.

From MRI guided thermal laser ablation to advanced brain mapping, Children's neuroscience program is constantly pushing boundaries. Maybe that's because the widest range of pediatric subspecialists you'll find just about anywhere collaborate with us and provide services at Children's — all working together for your child and family.

Care more parents trust

It’s no wonder about half of all Twin Cities families who need it choose Children's for expert neuroscience care. In numbers, that means:

  • 1,800+ patients treated for brain and nervous system conditions each year.
  • 15,000+ annual visits to our neurology, neurosurgery and neuropsychology clinics.
  • 726 hospital admissions last year for epilepsy monitoring and neurosurgery. 
  • 600 kids' head injuries evaluated and treated annually at our concussion clinic.
  • 500 children treated for epilepsy and seizures in the last 12 months.
  • 450+ brain surgeries performed at our hospitals annually.

Meeting a growing need

So why is Children's so focused on neuroscience these days? Well, research shows that kids' medical needs are changing:

  • Emergency department visits for sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries increased 60 percent among children and teens in the last decade.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 40 percent of young athletes who sustain a concussion return to play sooner than they should.
  • Brain tumors are the second most common form of cancer in children and are the leading cause of cancer death in children under age 20. 
  • One out of every eight babies in the United States is born prematurely — a rate that has steadily increased in the past decade. Many of these infants are at greater risk for neurological impairments like cerebral palsy, cognitive delays and visual and hearing impairments.
  • Up to 5 percent of kids will have at least a single seizure during their childhood.

The epicenter of expert care

At Children's we believe in the magic of synergy. Bringing brilliant minds together under one roof sparks all kinds of innovation. It also helps us coordinate all-inclusive care for kids with complex needs.

That's why we've designed the Karen and George Benz Family Pediatric Neuroscience Center at Children's – St. Paul as a powerhouse of healing and discovery. Here you'll find the latest advances in care and comfort, plus hundreds of experts at your fingertips:

  • A 26-bed inpatient unit that serves as a home-away-from-home for epilepsy monitoring and neurosurgery patients and their families. Each private room is packed with amenities that make it easy to stay at your child's side.
  • A state-of-the-art neurosurgery suite designed especially for young patients.
  • Advanced information technology to ensure safe, seamless care delivery.
  • Convenient outpatient clinics once care at the center is complete.

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