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Traumatic Brain and Spinal Injuries in Children

If your child experiences a traumatic brain or spine injury, you can rely on Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery for expert evaluation and treatment. Our approach involves a coordinated team of pediatric specialists who carefully assess your child, form a diagnosis, and develop and implement a treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs.

Pediatric Traumatic Brain and Spine Injuries: Why Choose Johns Hopkins?

The Children's Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Your child’s team will include world-class experts in neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation therapy and other disciplines, working together for the best possible result.
  • Johns Hopkins’ advanced diagnostic imaging will help assess the damage and potential impact of a head or spine injury so the team can reach a more accurate diagnosis.
  • Pediatric neurosurgical patients are cared for at the renowned Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, which offers comprehensive care and support for the entire family as well as the individual child. 
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Pediatric Brain and Spine Injuries: Treatments

Your child’s injury will be diagnosed by a neurological exam, blood test, X-ray, MRI, CT scan, EEG or a combination of these tests. Depending on the severity of his or her injury, your child’s treatment may include:

  • Observation and monitoring
  • Interventions to address increased intracranial pressure
  • Medicines to decrease swelling of the brain and spinal cord
  • Medicine to reduce the risk of seizures
  • Ventilation
  • A bladder catheter
  • A feeding tube
  • Surgery


If surgery is the best treatment option for your child, you can be assured that Johns Hopkins’ pediatric neurosurgeons use state-of-the-art imagining and surgical techniques. These techniques let neurosurgeons precisely plan and perform surgery and use the safest approach possible.

For example, in some situations, your surgeon may be able to address your child’s injury through a neuroendoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that lets the surgeon repair the injury through a small hole in the skull or through the mouth or the nose using small cameras and instruments.

After Surgery

After surgery, a team of doctors and nurses who are specially trained in pediatric critical care will assist with your child's recovery. Before your child is released from the hospital, your team will provide you with detailed instructions about follow-up care and how to care for your child at home.

Pediatric Brain and Spine Injury Specialists

The pediatric neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins offer your child the most advanced assessment and treatments for traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord, delivered with a compassionate approach to support the whole family.


Alan R. Cohen, M.D.
Mari Groves, M.D.
Eric M. Jackson, M.D.
Shenandoah Robinson, M.D.

Advanced Practitioners:

Stephanie Berry, P.A.-C
Judy Gates, P.A.-C.
Kelly Hartnett, P.A.-C.
Heather Kerber, P.A.-C.

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