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Neonatal Neurology

Compassionate care for special babies

Alexa Craig, MD
Alexa Craig, MD

Babies with neurological issues need highly-specialized care. MaineHealth Neurology Scarborough offers the only neonatal neurology program in Northern New England, outside of Boston. Our multidisciplinary team of experts provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for:

  • Pregnant mothers with fetuses affected by neurological conditions
  • Newborns with neurological conditions who need acute inpatient care
  • Babies with neurological conditions who need inpatient or intensive care

We are regional and national leaders in the use of telemedicine to deliver those services to rural community hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire. We also participate in industry-funded clinical trials and investigator-initiated research to continually improve our neonatal neurology services. 

Refer a Patient

Please call 207-883-1414 to refer a patient. MaineHealth providers may refer through EPIC:

  • MMP ADULT PED NEURO REF46 - AMB Referral to Neurology

Our team treats a wide range of neonatal neurological conditions such as:

Brain malformations:

  • Holoprosencephaly
  • Schizencephaly
  • Lissencephaly
  • Pachygyria
  • Polymicrogyria
  • Periventricular nodular heterotopia
  • Other migrational disorders
  • Focal cortical dysplasias
  • Agenesis or dysgenesis of the corpus callosum
  • Dandy-Walker malformation and other malformations of the posterior fossa
  • Congenital hydrocephalus, e.g., due toaqueductal stenosis

Congenital infections:

  • Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
  • Congenital toxoplasmosis
  • Congenital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection
  • Congenital rubella syndrome
  • Other congenital infections, such as:
    • Syphilis
    • Varicella syndrome (chickenpox)
    • Mumps
    • Fifth disease (parvovirus B19)

Conditions acquired by newborns and young infants:

  • Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury and treatment with therapeutic hypothermia
  • Newborn seizures
  • Newborn stroke
  • Hyperbilirubinemia affecting the brain
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain
  • Germinal matrix hemorrhage (GMH), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)
  • Hydrocephalus, including posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus, benign external hydrocephalus
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Periventricular leukomalacia or white matter injury
  • Brachial plexus palsy (Erb’s palsy)
  • Neurological follow-up of children who receive ECMO

Neonatal neurology services include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive evaluations
  • Critical care
  • Treatment plans
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): a study that monitors the brain activity for seizures and other characteristics
  • Therapeutic hypothermia: a neuroprotective treatment for a brain that may have signs of injury at birth
  • Brain scans/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Serial neurological exams
  • Brain ultrasound interpretation

MaineHealth Maine Medical Center participates in many different clinical trials and research projects. Please contact us for a current list and more information.

Contact Us

MaineHealth Neurology Scarborough
92 Campus Drive
Suite B
Scarborough, ME 04074
Phone: 207-883-1414
Fax: 207-885-4349

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