The child is neither an adult miniature nor an immature human being: at each age, it expresses specific abilities that optimize adaptation to its environment and development of new acquisitions. Diseases in children cover all specialties encountered in adulthood, and neurology involves a particularly large area, ranging from the brain to the striated muscle, the generation and functioning of which require half the genes of the whole genome and a majority of mitochondrial ones. Human being nervous system is sensitive to prenatal aggression, is particularly immature at birth and development may be affected by a whole range of age-dependent disorders distinct from those that occur in adults. Even diseases more often encountered in adulthood than childhood may have specific expression in the developing nervous system. The course of chronic neurological diseases beginning before adolescence remains distinct from that of adult pathology – not only from the cognitive but also motor perspective, right into adulthood, and a whole area is developing for adult neurologists to care for these children with persisting neurological diseases when they become adults.

Just as pediatric neurology evolved as an identified specialty as the volume and complexity of data became too much for the general pediatician or the adult neurologist to master, the discipline has now continued to evolve into so many subspecialties, such as epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, stroke, malformations, neonatal neurology, metabolic diseases, etc., that the general pediatric neurologist no longer can reasonably possess in-depth expertise in all areas, particularly in dealing with complex cases. Subspecialty expertise thus is provided to some trainees through fellowship programmes following a general pediatric neurology residency and many of these fellowships include training in research.

Since the infectious context, the genetic background and medical practice vary thr

Key Features

*A volume in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology series, which has an unparalleled reputation as the world's most comprehensive source of information in neurology.
*International list of contributors including the leading workers in the field.
*Describes the advances which have occurred in clinical neurology and the neurosciences, their impact on the understanding of neurological disorders and on patient care.


Neurologists, paediatric neurologists and neuroscientists

Table of Contents

SECTION 7  Non epileptic paroxysmal disorders and respiratory disorders
85. Alternating hemiplegia of childhood - S. Kansagra, M.A. Mikati and F. Vigevano (Durham, USA and Rome, Italy)
86. Headache in Pediatric Practice - V. Caviness and F. Ebinger (Boston, USA and Paderborn, Germany)
87. Paediatric narcolepsy: clinical and therapeutical approaches - M. Lecendreux (Paris, France)
88. Paroxysmal movement disorders and episodic ataxias - E. Fernández-Alvarez and B. Perez-Dueñas (Barcelona, Spain)
89. Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders of childhood - T. Pringsheim (Calgary, Canada)
90. Non-epileptic paroxysmal sleep disorders - E. Frenette and C. Guilleminault (PaloAlto, USA)
91. Syncopes and other paroxysmal events - J.B.P. Stephenson (Glasgow, UK)
92. Sudden infant death syndrome: An update and new perspectives of etiology - D. Rubens and H.B. Sarnat (Seattle, USA and Calgary, Canada)
93. Psychogenic non epileptic seizures - A. Lortie (Montreal, Canada)

SECTION 8  Conversion disorders
94. Conversion disorder - P.M. Leary (Bristol, UK)

SECTION 9  Trauma
95. Traumatic brain injury - K.M. Barlow (Calgary, Canada)
96. Non accidental head injury - T. Roujeau, E. Mireau and M. Bourgeois (Montpellier and Paris, France)
97. Cognitive and psychopathological sequelae of pediatric traumatic brain injury - M.H. Beauchamp and V. Anderson (Montreal, Canada and Melbourne, Australia)
98. Obstetrical brachial plexus palsy - M.C. Romaña and A. Rogier (Paris, France)

SECTION 10  Tumors
99. Central nervous system tumors - J. Grill and C. Owens (Villejuif, France and Dublin, Ireland)
100. Pediatric spinal tumors - W. Hsu and G.I. Jallo (Baltimore, USA)
101. Neurocognitive effects of CNS tumours - K.S. Bull and C.R. Kennedy (Southampton, UK)

SECTION 11  Myelopathy
102. Spinal cord malfo


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About the editors

Olivier Dulac

Affiliations and Expertise

Hopital Necker, Paris, France.

Maryse Lassonde

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre de Recherche en Neuropsychologie et Cognition, Departement de Psychologie, Universite de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Harvey Sarnat

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine; Division Chief, Paediatric Neurology, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


"Dulac…and coeditors Lassonde and Sarnat bring together neurologists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and others from around the world for 51 chapters on the diagnosis, treatment, and other aspects of nonepileptic paroxysmal disorders and respiratory disorders, conversion disorders, trauma, tumors, myelopathy, vascular disorders, and inflammatory and infectious diseases."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013