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Pediatric Anesthesia

The Pediatric Anesthesia team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children specializes in caring for children before, during and after surgery and other procedures.

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The Pediatric Anesthesia team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children specializes in caring for children before, during and after surgery and other procedures. Our team consists of board-certified anesthesiologists who specialize in pediatric anesthesia, at times working in conjunction with anesthesia residents and certified registered nurse anesthetists. We strive to put children and their and families at ease while alleviating the discomfort and pain associated with surgery and other procedures.

The Pediatric Anesthesia team provides the following services:

  • Anesthesia for surgery, MRI, CT, invasive radiology, radiation therapy, GI endoscopy and other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Consultations and follow-up care for surgery patients
  • Consultations with pediatric surgeons in airway management, pulmonary and cardiovascular assessment and patient resuscitation
  • Pain management, in conjunction with the Pediatric Pain Management Team
  • Monitoring systems and anesthesia equipment specially designed for the care of pediatric patients

Our Research

Pediatric anesthesia research activities cover a wide spectrum of topics. Basic science research being performed by members of the division focuses in two main areas:

  • The study of fundamental mechanisms of lung injury in the pediatric population and development of new therapies for pulmonary vascular disease and
  • The study of apoptosis (“programmed cell death”) in muscles following critical illness, with the goals of characterizing the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction and providing therapeutic options to improve muscle function 

Clinical studies include pharmacotherapeutics in critical illness, with specific focus on burned patients, as well as pharmacokinetics of new drugs in the pediatric population.

Locations

The Pediatric Anesthesia team provides clinical anesthesia services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Boston and the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center.

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the blood in which too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, are produced by the bone marrow and by organs of the lymph system

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood in which too many granulocytes, a type of white blood cell, are produced in the bone marrow.

Appendicitis

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-like portion of the large intestine that generally hangs down from the lower right side of the abdomen.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell cancer, sometimes called non-melanoma skin cancer, usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule on the head, neck, or hands. Occasionally, these nodules appear on the trunk of the body, usually as flat growths.

Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome (Gorlin Syndrome)

Basal cell nevus syndrome is caused by a tumor suppressor gene, called PTCH, located on chromosome 9. Mutations in this gene may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

Benign Bone Tumors

There are many benign bone tumors that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

Birthmarks

Birthmarks are areas of discolored and/or raised skin that are apparent at birth or within a few weeks of birth. Birthmarks are made up of malformed pigment cells or blood vessels.

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer occurs when there are abnormal, cancerous cells growing in the bladder.

Bone Cancers

There are different types of bone cancers, which are typically defined as a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the bone that destroys normal bone tissue.

Brain Tumors

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The tumor can either originate in the brain itself, or come from another part of the body and travel to the brain (metastasize). Brain tumors may be classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), depending on their behavior.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine because of a sensitivity to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. This hereditary disorder interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.

Chondroblastoma

Sometimes called Codman's tumor, a chondroblastoma is a rare type of benign bone tumor that originates from cartilage.

Chondrosarcoma

Chondrosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that develops in cartilage cells.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis.

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth abnormalities of the mouth and lip. Cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth does not completely close, leaving an opening that can extend into the nasal cavity. left lip is an abnormality in which the lip does not completely form during fetal development.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that is a chronic condition that may recur at various times over a lifetime.

Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having seizures.

Ewing Sarcoma

Ewing sarcoma is a cancer that occurs primarily in the bone or soft tissue.

Food Allergies

A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.

Fractures

A fracture is a partial or complete bone break. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.

Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is a break in the femur (thigh bone) of the hip joint.

Hodgkin's Disease

Hodgkin disease is a type of lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system.

Inguinal Hernia

A hernia occurs when a section of intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal muscles. A hernia that occurs in the groin area is called an inguinal hernia.

Leukemia

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells, usually the white blood cells. Leukemic cells look different than normal cells and do not function properly.

Scoliosis

A spine affected by scoliosis shows evidence of a lateral, or sideways, curvature, and a rotation of the back bones (vertebrae), giving the appearance that the person is leaning to one side.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the inner lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum become inflamed.

Reducing Risk in Pediatric General Anesthesia

Each year, nearly 500,000 children in the US require general anesthesia (GA) for surgery. Recent evidence suggests that children may be vulnerable to the neurotoxic side effects from exposure to GA drugs. While newer, less-toxic anesthetic drugs may one day be available, our child patients urgently need solutions to reduce the risk of toxic exposure.

MGHFC Pediatric Anesthesia

55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-3030
Fax: 617-724-8500
Hours: 8:00AM – 4:30PM

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

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