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    The Adolescent Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital was created to meet the complex, growing health care needs of adolescent patients (patients aged 12-21), who require general and specialized care that is tailored to their mental, physical and social development.

    If you have made a conscious decision to adopt a child, here is some information that may assist you as you raise a healthy child whether you chose an international or domestic adoption.

    The Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine program at St. Louis Children's Hospital provides clinical services in pediatric allergies, pediatric asthma, and pediatric pulmonary and immune disorders.

    The Division of Pediatric Ambulatory Medicine provides the administrative structure and support services for the ambulatory activities of the medical specialists.

    The Department of Audiology at St. Louis Children's Hospital offers a full range of clinical services for pediatric patients with hearing disorders and auditory problems.

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    The Comprehensive Bleeding Disorder Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital brings adult and pediatric hematologists, clinical researchers, and other medical specialists together to provide superior care for each child with a bleeding disorder.

    The Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at St. Louis Children's Hospital, the first in Missouri created exclusively for children, has been in operation since 1991. The program provides both autologous (self) and allogeneic (related and unrelated) bone marrow transplants for lymphomas, leukemias, immunodeficiencies, metabolic disorders, and a variety of solid tumors.

    Brachial plexus palsy is diagnosed in the newborn nursery. Both the Department of Plastic Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery treat brachial plexus palsy. During the first 2-6 months after birth, specialists on the team work together to restore normal functioning in the infant's arm.

    The Neuro-Oncology Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive, compassionate diagnosis and treatment of pediatric tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

    The staff of the Pediatric Acute Wound Service (PAWS) are specially trained in burn and wound care, and treat children in the hospital and as outpatients. With PAWS, children who do not necessarily need to be hospitalized can have their wound issues addressed daily or several times a week in an outpatient setting.

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    The pediatric hematology/oncology program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the largest comprehensive program for children with blood diseases or cancer in the region. We provide state of the art care for children of all ages in an environment that is uniquely designed for the pediatric patient.

    The Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment of acquired heart problems and congenital heart disease or heart malfunction in children.

    Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a method for treatment of spastic cerebral palsy offered at the Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity at the St. Louis Children's Hospital.  We have over 24 years experience performing selective dorsal rhizotomies with unequalled knowledge of post-surgical outcomes.

    The Center for Foot Disorders at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides care for congenital and acquired foot deformities. Many adult foot ailments have their origins in childhood, but if foot problems are detected early, treatment during childhood can minimize the impact of these ailments later in life.

    The Center for Pediatric Spinal Disorders is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary center between Orthopedics and Neurosurgery where patients have access to physicians, nurses and therapists.

    The Cerebral Palsy (CP) Center diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.  Our approach is comprehensive, pro-active, and individualized.

    The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of emotion, cognition and/or behavior affecting children from infancy to age 21. 

    The Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children's Hospital, established in 1978 as part of the Division of Plastic Surgery, has treated more than 3,050 patients with cleft lip and cleft palate, and another 2,400 with major craniofacial anomalies.

    We have been involved with cochlear implants since the mid 1980s, with over 550 pediatric cochlear implant surgeries completed thus far at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, including a rapidly increasing number of bilateral cochlear implantations.

    Babies born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) face continuing medical challenges. The CDH clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides follow up medical care, support and guidance for CDH patients through age 5.

    The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Louis Children's Hospital is known worldwide for the care we provide to critically ill children. Our unit includes 30 beds with predominantly private rooms for each patient.

    Our comprehensive, accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center has one major goal -- to cure cystic fibrosis. Our Cystic Fibrosis Pediatric Center keeps growing, and we now see 230 children and adolescents regularly.

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    The Dermatology Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital diagnoses and treats skin diseases in children, providing comprehensive and sophisticated dermatologic care for children and adolescents.

    The Diabetes Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides patients and their families a comprehensive approach to diabetes treatment.

    The Down Syndrome Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital wants to help your child reach his or her full potential in all aspects of life. Our objective is to strive to optimize the quality of life for children with Down Syndrome.

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    The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital offers diagnosis and treatment of congenital, infectious, traumatic and neoplastic disorders of the head, neck and upper aerodigestive tract. 

    The Dana Brown Emergency Room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of pediatric emergency care in Missouri and Illinois.  A specially-trained team of physicians, nurses and specialists are ready when your child needs expert medical care for a health emergency.

    The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at St. Louis Children's Hospital offers a full range of clinical services for pediatric patients with endocrine and growth disorders, diabetes, and bone and mineral metabolic disorders.

    The Epilepsy Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital uses the most prominent treatment strategies for curing children with epilepsy. The center is one of the largest and most comprehensive specialized epilepsy centers in the world. 

    The Children's Eye Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital treats visual disorders that occur in infants and children ranging from refractive error and eye crossing to cataracts and tumors.

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    Facial palsy is a complex condition. At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we provide comprehensive care to children with facial paralysis through a multidisciplinary team approach.

    The Fetal Heart Center at the St. Louis Children’s and Washington University Heart Center, in partnership with the Fetal Care Center, specializes in the detection, evaluation and management of congenital heart defects prior to a baby’s birth.

    The Center for Foot Disorders at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides care for congenital and acquired foot deformities. Many adult foot ailments have their origins in childhood, but if foot problems are detected early, treatment during childhood can minimize the impact of these ailments later in life.

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    The Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition provides high-quality, comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with common and complex gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders.

    Among the conditions treated by our pediatric surgeons are congenital anomalies and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, abdomen, chest, head, neck, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

    The Division of Medical Genetics is uniquely qualified to treat a wide variety of genetic diseases and has immediate access to three excellent onsite genetics laboratories.

    We diagnose and treat gynecologic problems for the infant, child, young adolescent and teen, including a full spectrum of clinical and support services in a comprehensive program for evaluation, specialized treatment and follow-up care.

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    The Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment of acquired heart problems and congenital heart disease or heart malfunction in children.

    Established in 1986, St. Louis Children's Hospital pediatric heart transplant program has given new life to more than 380 patients, ranging in age from 3 days to 22 years. It is one of the most active pediatric heart transplant programs in the United States, with patients coming from as far away as Florida, Minnesota and Texas.

    The pediatric hematology/oncology program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the largest comprehensive program for children with blood diseases or cancer in the region. We provide state of the art care for children of all ages in an environment that is uniquely designed for the pediatric patient.

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital is an Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center of Excellence that provides care to children in families with HHT.

    Through Wings, our Pediatric Palliative Care Program, children with a life-limiting illness receive extraordinary hospice care -- and their families receive extraordinary support. The program meets a range of physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

    At times, your child’s primary care physician may request that a specially-trained pediatrician, called a hospitalist, oversee your child’s care during his or her stay at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Learn about our hospitalist program, known as SHARP, and what you can expect during your child’s stay.

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    The Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine program at St. Louis Children's Hospital provides clinical services in pediatric allergies, pediatric asthma, and pediatric pulmonary and immune disorders.

    The specialists in pediatric infectious diseases provide consultation regarding the diagnosis and management of all types of infectious diseases in children and adolescents. They work closely with the Division of Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine for the evaluation of patients with severe or recurrent infections.

    Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect all aspects of children’s lives. The IBD Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers patients and their families help with all aspects of IBD treatment through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.

    The mission of the International Adoption Center is to provide a coordinated, multi-disciplinary evaluation for families and children brought together by international adoption.

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    The Joe Buck Imaging Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is a nearly 15,000-square-foot unit dedicated to providing various imaging services, including CT scans, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasounds.

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    An early pioneer in pediatric kidney transplantation, the Kidney Transplant Program at St. Louis Children's Hospital of the few in the country with the expertise to perform transplants on children under one year of age.

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    Our mission is to provide comprehensive evaluation, treatment and care for children with all forms of liver disease, including those with end-stage or potentially fatal liver diseases requiring life-saving liver transplantation, or other major surgical procedures such as liver resection.

    St. Louis Children's Hospital has performed more than 400 lung and heart-lung transplants since 1990, making it the most active pediatric lung transplant program in the world.

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    St. Louis Children's Hospital's Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) enables a transport physician, nurse, and paramedics to provide a bridge of newborn and pediatric intensive care between hospitals within a 300-mile service area. 

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    The St. Louis Children's Hospital nephrology program respects the special needs of children and is designed to foster the most positive physical, psychosocial and educational development in children with renal disorders. 

    The Neuro-Oncology Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive, compassionate diagnosis and treatment of pediatric tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

    Regardless of the primary diagnosis, neurological outcome is the main determinant of quality of life in critically ill children. The Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program (PNCP) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment to critically ill children with neurological disorders. Such disorders include traumatic brain injury.

    The Neurofibromatosis Comprehensive Care Team provides detailed patient assessments and works with referring physicians, allied health professionals and agencies to deliver state-of-the-art medical services both locally and nationally.

    The neurological specialists at St. Louis Children's Hospital provide compassionate, leading-edge care to infants, children and adolescents with neurological diseases.

    The Neurorehabilitation Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is an intensive inpatient program that optimizes physical, psychological, social, vocational, and educational performance in children who have experienced a significant injury or illness.

    The Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital is one of the largest neurosurgery programs in the nation. Each of our faculty are ABNS and ABPNS board-certified, fellowship-trained, full-time pediatric neurosurgeons.

    Whether your child is born prematurely, suffers from a medical condition, or has a birth defect, the experts at St. Louis Children's Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are ready to provide the very best possible care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Registered Dietitians are healthcare professionals who provide medical nutrition therapy and preventive nutrition counseling. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided by our pediatric registered dietitians (RD) can help prevent and manage diseases that impact your child’s health, fitness and overall well-being.

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    The pediatric hematology/oncology program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the largest comprehensive program for children with blood diseases or cancer in the region. We provide state of the art care for children of all ages in an environment that is uniquely designed for the pediatric patient.

    The Children's Eye Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital treats visual disorders that occur in infants and children ranging from refractive error and eye crossing to cataracts and tumors.

    The Orthopedic Hand Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers help for children who have a hand or wrist injury or congenital deformity.

    The Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital specializes in the treatment of orthopedic conditions like clubfoot, hip dysplasia, cavus feet and other musculoskeletal problems.

    The pediatric Orthopedic/Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic is a team approach between infectious disease physicians and orthopedic surgeons to diagnosing and treating children with bone, joint and muscle infections. 

    The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital offers diagnosis and treatment of congenital, infectious, traumatic and neoplastic disorders of the head, neck and upper aerodigestive tract. 

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    The Pain Clinic at St. Louis Children's Hospital strives to utilize a team approach including nurses, physicians, and other pediatric specialists in developing diagnosis and treatment plans for patients with complex pain issues. 

    The staff of the Pediatric Acute Wound Service (PAWS) are specially trained in burn and wound care, and treat children in the hospital and as outpatients. With PAWS, children who do not necessarily need to be hospitalized can have their wound issues addressed daily or several times a week in an outpatient setting.

    The Pediatric Advance Care Team (PACT) cares for patients diagnosed with many life-threatening illnesses, such as neuromuscular disease, heart disease, infectious disease, pulmonary conditions, cancer, genetic or metabolic conditions or transplant. Working as a team with a child’s health care providers and specialists, the PACT provides a well-coordinated approach to physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

    The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Louis Children's Hospital is known worldwide for the care we provide to critically ill children. Our unit includes 30 beds with predominantly private rooms for each patient.

    The mission of the St. Louis Children's Hospital Department of Pharmacy is "to do what's right for kids" through the provision of pharmaceutical care. The pharmacy team is committed to providing the highest quality of pharmaceutical services.

    The Pediatric Plastic Surgery Department at St. Louis Children's Hospital provides care for a full spectrum of congenital and acquired deformities, as well as focused services in cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial birth defects, congenital and acquired hand defects, blood vessel malformations and adolescent cosmetic surgery of the face and breasts.

    The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of emotion, cognition and/or behavior affecting children from infancy to age 21. 

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive a team of professionals who are committed to providing high-quality psychological care for children. Our doctoral-level psychologists and neuropsychologists work closely together to offer the most advanced psychological services available for children and adolescents.

    To accurately diagnose and treat pediatric patients with allergy or pulmonary difficulties, the specialists utilize a fully equipped Pulmonary Function Laboratory to evaluate all aspects of lung function.

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    The Joe Buck Imaging Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is a nearly 15,000-square-foot unit dedicated to providing various imaging services, including CT scans, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasounds.

    The St. Louis Children's Hospital nephrology program respects the special needs of children and is designed to foster the most positive physical, psychosocial and educational development in children with renal disorders. 

    The Pediatric Respiratory Care team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital consists of highly trained therapists working closely with physicians, nurses, and other specialists to provide the highest level of care to patients and their families. 

    The Division of Rheumatology is internationally recognized for investigation into the pathogenesis of immunologic and rheumatologic disorders of childhood. 

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    Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a method for treatment of spastic cerebral palsy offered at the Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity at the St. Louis Children's Hospital.  We have over 24 years experience performing selective dorsal rhizotomies with unequalled knowledge of post-surgical outcomes.

    The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at St. Louis Children's Hospital actively cares for over 350 infants, children, and adolescents with sickle cell disease and sees approximately three patients per month with a new diagnosis of sickle cell disease. 

    The Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic at St. Louis Children Hospital serves the needs of children with skeletal abnormalities. Although individually rare, the more than 200 known skeletal dysplasia syndromes add to produce a significant number of affected individuals with remarkable morbidity and mortality.

    Quality sleep is an essential component of a child's health and well-being. The Pediatric Sleep Center Team at St. Louis Children's Hospital is committed to helping children with a variety of sleep-related problems achieve optimum health.

    The multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital brings together in one place the specialists who are important to the care of children with spina bifida.

    The Center for Pediatric Spinal Disorders is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary center between Orthopedics and Neurosurgery where patients have access to physicians, nurses and therapists.

    St. Louis Children's Hospital administers its Sports Medicine Program using a multidisciplinary approach, which aides in the recovery of injured athletes. A full range of rehabilitation and physical therapy programs helps an athlete recover from an injury or illness.

    With the largest surgical team in the area, the pediatric surgeons at St. Louis Children’s Hospital are dedicated to providing compassionate care and advanced treatments in a child-friendly environment. 

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    The Center for Pediatric Spinal Disorders is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary center between Orthopedics and Neurosurgery where patients have access to physicians, nurses and therapists.

    The Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment of acquired heart problems and congenital heart disease or heart malfunction in children.

    The St. Louis Children’s Hospital Department of Therapy Services provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy within an individualized state-of-the-art model of care in conjunction with world class physicians and medical practices.

    The Torticollis Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides treatment for mild to severe cases of congenital muscular torticollis. This condition results when an infant’s neck muscle is shortened, causing the neck to twist. 

    St. Louis Children's Hospital's pediatric transplantation success is due to the skilled teams of health care professionals who specialize in caring for children. Every pediatric transplant candidate and his or her family receive individualized attention to help prepare physically, emotionally and financially for the major issues involved in organ transplantation.

    St. Louis Children's Hospital offers the most comprehensive and experienced pediatric and newborn transport service in the Midwest, completing more than 2,500 trips each year.  Each transport mission is tailored to meet the needs of the child being transported and is staffed by a specially-trained medical team. 

    The Trauma Service at St. Louis Children's Hospital is a leading center in the treatment and care of injured children and is nationally recognized as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and by the states of Missouri and Illinois. Our goal is to continually pursue excellence in all aspects of pediatric trauma care.

    The Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic at St. Louis Children's Hospital is one of about 25 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 multi-disciplinary comprehensive care of children with TSC and to promote research, education and awareness about TSC. 

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    The urology specialists at St. Louis Children's Hospital are able to implement some of the most technologically advanced procedures when treating children, due to the hospital's affiliation with the world-renowned Washington University School of Medicine.

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    The surgeons and specialists at St. Louis Children's Hospital are dedicated to providing the best possible vascular services care for your child's specific needs.

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    The Williams Syndrome Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital offers coordinated care for the diagnosis and treatment of Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that is associated with developmental delays and medical problems affecting multiple parts of the body.