Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery

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The pediatric neurosurgery service at Kijabe Hospital is the only pediatric neurosurgical center in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.  It has two consultant neurosurgeons, a fellow, two neurosurgery residents, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and a clinical officer who work together to take care of children with neurosurgical disorders. Those disorders include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain tumors, head injuries, spasticity and movement disorders, encephaloceles, tethered spinal cords and spinal cord injuries.  The fellow and residents are taught pediatric neurosurgery so that they can improve the care of children with these disorders after their training is complete.

ped neuroThe pediatric neurosurgery service at Kijabe Hospital is well known and patients come from throughout Kenya and from neighboring countries as well as from West African countries and islands in the Indian Ocean to be treated there.  More infants with spina bifida are seen at KH than at any other center in the world.  We operate on approximately 1200 patients each year, 95% of them children.

Because children are the focus of neurosurgical care at KH, the amount of time available to treat adults is limited.  We operate on no more than one adult per week, usually adults with brain or spinal cord tumors.