Moyamoya disease (MMD) is a rare disease affecting the blood vessels to the brain, generally on both sides.
Myelomeningoceles are congenital defects of the spine where the spinal canal doesn’t close normally during birth.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain's ventricles, or cavities. It occurs if the normal flow of CSF throughout the brain and spinal cord is blocked in some way.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder caused by the death of certain groups of neurons, or brain cells. Although several groups of neurons are affected, the loss of neurons producing the chemical called dopamine causes most of the disabling symptoms.
Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors are treated at Seattle Children’s which has the largest pediatric brain tumor program in the Northwest.
UW Medicine’s pituitary program is part of the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute, a tertiary-care referral center.
The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and is involved in the secretion of several hormones.
Scoliosis is a condition where there is a side-to-side curvature of the spine which is typically straight when viewed from the back. While mild scoliosis may be treated with a brace, more severe cases may require surgery involving inserting rods to encourage the vertebrae to fuse together and straighten the spine.
Tumors at the cranial base, or skull base tumors, require specialized operative techniques for approach, removal, and repair.
The majority of spine-related problems result from normal degeneration of the bones, ligaments and disks of the spine.