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Overview

The Pediatric Neurosurgery service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats all neurosurgical conditions of infants, children and adolescents. The team has special expertise in the management of:

  • Pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors 
  • Vascular problems including arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms and moya-moya disease
  • Hydrocephalus and brain cysts
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Congenital anomalies of the spine and brain such as encephaloceles, Chiari malformations, syringomyelia, myelomeningocele, spinal lipomas and tethered spinal cord
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery including spasticity and movement disorders
  • Neurosurgical trauma

Proton Therapy

The Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is one of only six proton therapy centers in the United States. Proton radiation therapy allows radiation to be directed to a very limited area, which reduces potential damage to adjacent, healthy tissues. This is critical in all patients, but particularly true for pediatric patients where long-term effects on growth and development must be considered very carefully.