Illinois Neurological Institute

Conditions We Treat

The Illinois Neurological Institute and Children's Hospital of Illinois provide neurosurgical treatment for many different conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord, including:

Arachnoid cyst
A fluid-filled sac between the skull and the brain, or on the arachnoid membrane of the spine

Brachial Plexus
This program evaluates, diagnoses and treats patients with brachial plexus injuries.

Brain and spinal abscess
An infection caused by bacteria, often spread to the brain or spine from another part of the body

Brain and spinal cord tumors/Neuro-Oncology
Patients with abnormal cell growth are treated by specialists in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and oncology with the support of nursing coordinators and advanced practice nurses.  The St. Jude Midwest affiliate partners with neurosurgery to diagnose, coordinate, and deliver care. 

Cerebral palsy and spasticity
Conditions that affect movement, causing stiff or uncontrollable muscle tightening or twitching.

Chiari malformation
A problem in which the cerebellum and sometimes other parts of the brain crowd the spinal canal

Complex Spine
This program provides care to pediatric patients with spinal deformities or trauma-related spine problems in addition to patients with benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors, and genetic spinal conditions.  .

Craniosynostosis
When one or more bones of an infant's skull fuse prematurely

Encephalocele
A rare defect in which an infant's skull does not close properly

Epilepsy (pediatric)

Genetic Metabolic
Complex genetic metabolic disorders including leukodystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

Headache (pediatric) and Pain
Acute and chronic, simple and complex headaches experienced by those age 18 and under.

Head Trauma and Concussion
A multidisciplinary team led by neurosurgery cares for pediatric patients with all types of traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome. 

Hydrocephalus
An abnormal amount of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain

Lipomyelomeningocele
A fatty mass present at birth that fixes itself to the spinal cord

Spasticity and Movement Disorders
Spasticity, dystonia and ataxia.  A variety of treatment options are offered including antispasticity medication, botulinum toxin therapy, baclofen pumps, and selective dorsal rhizotomies.

Myelomeningocele/Spina Bifida
A deformed spine not closed at birth, leaving the spinal cord open to the air

Neonatal Neurology
Providing care to infants diagnosed with a neurological disorder in utero or shortly following birth, neurosurgery cares for complex and high risk infants. 

Neurofetal
A multidisciplinary team led by fellowship-trained pediatric surgeon to evaluate and care for in utero patients.

Neuromuscular
Carimg for complex neuromuscular problems including maladies that lead to dysfunction of the peripheral nervous system.  T

Spinal tumors
An abnormal growth in the bones of the spine (vertebrae) or in the soft tissue around the vertebrae

Stroke
Loss of blood flow to the brain.                                

Syringomyelia
A collection of cerebrospinal fluid in the center of the spinal cord

Tethered spinal cord
A condition where the spinal cord is pulled down and stuck or fixed to the spinal canal

Traumatic Brain Injury

Vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord
Malformations of arteries and veins in the brain and spinal cord