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Introduction

Pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons are physicians whose expertise lies in the areas of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Diagnoses treated by neurologists include epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, headaches and migraines, strokes, brain tumors, ADD/ADHD, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis and many others. Many of our physicians work in collaboration with nurse practitioners. Students may often be present; this is a teaching practice and we value the input of our students.

What to expect on your first visit to the pediatric neurologist:

You will check in and fill out some paperwork, including information about your insurance and your health history. You will then be seen by the doctor, or the nurse practitioner, or both. (Dr. Wolf and Patty McGoldrick usually see all patients together.) More questions will be asked. Then your child will have a neurological examination: we will look in his or her mouth and eyes, test his or her strength and reflexes, and ask the child to walk and hop around and do a few other fun things! Obviously, if your child is a baby, he or she will not be asked to hop, and the examination will be a little different!

Often, patients and families expect that diagnostic tests will be done during the first visit. Unless there is an emergency, this is not the case. Any needed tests— blood, EEG, MRI, CT, scan— will be scheduled at another time and you will be asked to set them up with the secretaries after we receive approval from your insurance company.

If we think that the illness is emergent or urgent, we will either immediately admit you to the hospital or arrange for immediate tests.

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