Beaumont Children’s Hospital recently opened a Headache Center offering comprehensive, specialized care for children and adolescents who experience headaches.
The Royal Oak-based center’s medical director, Elizabeth Leleszi, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist, Beaumont Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
According to the National Headache Foundation, about 20 percent of school-age children in the U.S. have headaches. Of that group, 15 percent experience tension-type headaches and 5 percent migraine headaches. Says Dr. Leleszi, “Head pain is a common symptom affecting kids. Children and teens may experience many different headache types and the problem can, in some cases, be debilitating. Patients and families are often frustrated; children sometimes experience chronic pain, often missing school and extracurricular activities. Our Beaumont Children’s Hospital opens Headache Center center utilizes a team approach in implementing a care plan for each patient.”
The clinic team is comprised of pediatric specialists from neurology, physical therapy, psychology, dietary and social work. Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s Headache Center also offers family-centered comprehensive specialized care, including advanced diagnostic testing, neuroimaging such as MRI and an on-site laboratory.
“The initial focus is a comprehensive evaluation by a pediatric neurologist,” explains Dr. Leleszi. “Using headache diagnostic criteria, combined with a patient history and neurological exam, a pain management plan is developed to decrease the frequency and severity of the headaches.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 248-551-7370.