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The Best Pediatric Specialty Care
Out There, is Right Here.

 

   

 

PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY

About Us
We are a referral-based clinic and work in collaboration with primary care physicians to improve continuity of care for our patients. We work primarily out of the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in the Betty H. Cameron Women¹s & Children¹s Hospital in the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Our team also sees patients in outreach clinics ­ the Jacksonville Children¹s & Multispecialty Clinic and the Lumberton Children¹s Clinic, once a month.

To make an appointment, please contact your primary care physician or for more information, you may reach the Nunnelee Clinic at 910.667.6819.
Hours
Monday ­ Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location
The Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic
entrance is located to the left of the main entrance to the Betty H.Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital

Sasidharan Taravath, MD
Originally from India, Dr. Taravath received his medical degree and completed his pediatric residency from the Armed Forces Medical College in India.  He completed his clinical fellowship in Pediatric Neurology and Neurology Residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Taravath is board certified in Neurology, with special qualification in child neurology.  Dr. Taravath has also been involved in Sleep Disorders studies for children for more than 20 years, and is board certified in Sleep Medicine.  Prior to joining Coastal Children’s Services Dr. Taravath was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at West Virginia University College of Medicine.

Dr. Taravath also has expertise in treatment of spasticity and movement disorders utilizing botulinum toxin administration.

Pediatric Sleep and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Open at NHRMC
The NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital is home to the only epilepsy monitoring and sleep disorder study unit for children in our community.
The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is part of the recent addition of a pediatric neurology specialty to the Women's & Children's Hospital. Special equipment has been installed on the second floor of the hospital that allows for close study and recording of pediatric patients with suspected seizure activity and those with sleep disturbances.

The Pediatric Neurology program began with the addition of pediatric neurologist Sasid Taravath, MD, to Coastal Children's Services. These new services will provide increased continuity of care and keep families in need of specialty care close to home.
Access to the epilepsy monitoring unit allows for several days of close study and recording by a monitor technician, who observes the patient via video feed at all times. Epilepsy monitoring creates a long-term video EEG recording through electrodes placed on the scalp, arms, and legs that record brain wave activity. The unit is expected to see approximately three patients per week with an average admission of three days.
The sleep disorder unit will allow patients - some as young as infancy - to be admitted for a one-night study. Here, a registered sleep technician will measure and record results using highly specialized equipment. This information will allow Dr. Taravath to obtain valuable information for use in diagnosing specific sleep disorders and prescribing appropriate treatment. Pediatric patients may get a direct referral from their physician for admission to the sleep disorder unit.

Until the opening of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit pediatric patients with suspected seizure activity were either referred out of the area for monitoring or tested using an outpatient Electroencephalogram (EEG) or an Ambulatory EEG. Pediatric patients requiring a sleep study were referred out of the area or seen by a local sleep lab only if they met certain criteria; apnea testing only, age 10+, and otherwise healthy.

SLEEP DISORDERS WE TREAT

• Sleep disordered breathing (sleep apnea, snoring)
• Behavior problems (bedtime struggles, night awakenings)
• Sleep walking, sleep terror
• Narcolepsy
• Apnea of infancy
• Sleep schedule abnormalities
(Circadian rhythm disorders, delayed sleep phase syndrome)
• Sleeplessness, insomnia
• Movement disorders
(restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, head banging)
• Upper airway abnormalities

Our Facilities
We are located in the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and our patients are admitted to Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

To make an appointment, please contact your primary care physician or for more information, you may reach the Nunnelee Clinic at 910.667.6819.

 

 

Coastal Carolina Neonatology| Coastal Children's Services| 2212 South 17th St. | Wilmington, NC 28401 | (910) 667-2970