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Pediatric Neurology 

The Neurology Department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital specializes in diagnosing and medically treating diseases of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.

As the nervous system is naturally very complex, the work of the Neurology Department often overlaps with other areas of medicine. We work closely with the other specialists and departments to make sure your child receives the most comprehensive care possible.

Signs and Symptoms

It's important to catch medical issues as early as possible. Some signs that your child may be experiencing a neurological problem are:

Common Diagnoses

Neurological problems can affect children in many ways and are linked to more than 400 types of diseases.

Information about many neurological disorders is available here.

Common diagnoses include:

Preparing for Your Visit

There are a few things you should know before your child’s first visit to the Neurology Department.

  1. Patients must be referred to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon neurologists by another physician, usually your child's pediatrician.
  2. It's important to become familiar with your child's symptoms and to discuss them with his or her pediatrician. To make sure that nothing is forgotten the day of your visit, develop questions with your pediatrician ahead of time.
  3. Be sure to have your child's full medical record faxed to the neurologist. This includes any and all previous testing and treatments your child has undergone. The fax number to the Neurology Deparment is 314-268-6411.
  4. Be prepared to share with the neurologist, any family history regarding nervous system conditions or symptoms similar to those your child is experiencing.

    If this is going to be your first visit, please print, fill out, and bring this New Patient Questionnaire to your visit.

What to Expect

Your first visit involves two steps:

  1. We will review and discuss your child’s medical history and records.
  2. We will perform a physical exam and assessment to determine your child's condition

Results from the exam and assessment may determine further testing and treatments. Depending on the nature of the condition, a variety of tests may be administered to pinpoint the exact cause. These tests can include:

  • Angiography
  • Biopsy
  • Digital imaging
  • EEG
  • Evoked potentials
  • Lumbar puncture
  • VEEG

Should your child require any of these tests, more information will be provided when the test is scheduled.

Related Departments

Some of the other departments we may work with for your child's care are:




Laboratory Medicine

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center

Additional Resources

You and your child can watch a video about How the Brain Works and learn about your child's health in our KidsHealth library and resource center. Or you can visit one of these other great resources:

Epilepsy Foundation Infantile Spasms
Muscular Dystrophy Association Tourette Syndrome Association
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Vagal Nerve Stimulator
Diastat - Seizure Information Charlie Foundation - Epilepsy Information
Sleep Foundation

Contact Us

To make an appointment, please call 314-577-5338. Our fax number is 314-268-6411.

Other Locations

In addition to serving patients at our main campus, our Neurology team travels to South County, St. Charles County, and Hannibal in Missouri, and to Centreville and Maryville in Illinois.

Click here for more information about SSM Health Cardinal Glennon at a location close to home.

Meet the Team

Sean Goretzke, MD, Director

Thomas Geller, MD

Deepa Arun, MD

Vincent Gibbons, MD

Gloria Small, RN, Clinical Nurse

Tawni Collins, RN, Clinical Nurse

Tracy Moore, RN, CSPNP

Eden Halstead, RN, Nursing Office Manager

Sue Hektor, Office Coordinator

Sherefee Johnson, Office Coordinator

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