The Washington University Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic at St. Louis Children's Hospital is one of about 50 Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) clinics in the U.S. dedicated specifically to the care of individuals with TSC. The mission of the TSC Clinic is to provide multidisciplinary, comprehensive care of children and adults with TSC and to promote research, education and awareness about TSC.
The TSC Clinic is based in the Neurology Department at Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital, focusing on neurological symptoms, such as seizures, developmental problems and autism.
In addition, to address the variety of other symptoms and organs involved in TSC, the TSC Clinic incorporates a multidisciplinary approach collaborating with other specialty divisions, including Cardiology, Dermatology, Genetics, Nephrology, Neuropsychology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and Urology. The TSC Clinic also participates in basic research and clinical trials in TSC, as conducted through the Washington University Tuberous Sclerosis Center, and promotes education and awareness about TSC in conjunction with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.
Services offered through the TSC Clinic
- Initial diagnostic evaluation: comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for TSC, including history, physical exam, laboratory testing, and radiographic studies
- Follow-up care: coordinated care for ongoing medical issues, involving multiple medical specialties
- Inpatient care at St. Louis Children's Hospital: for urgent/emergent medical issues
- Scheduled radiographic screening/monitoring for TSC-related tumors, according to recommended guidelines
- Genetic testing and genetic counseling
- EEG/Video-EEG monitoring for seizure/epilepsy evaluation
- Treatment of intractable epilepsy and infantile spasms
- Neuropsychological/behavioral testing
- Educational and social support related to TSC, in conjunction with the TS Alliance