Dear Friends,
Attached please find a brief and practical document highlighting considerations for the initial diagnosis and treatment of infantile spasms during the COVID19 pandemic.  This is being released to all CNS members in recognition of the special role we have in the management of these patients. 

Special thanks to members of Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium (PERC) and the CNS Practice Committee, chaired by Jeff Waugh, MD, PhD along with CNS Executive Board Liaison, Bruce Cohen MD , for their tireless efforts to produce this document. I would like to additionally acknowledge the individuals below for their contributions to the writing:
  • Zachary Grinspan MD MS Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Chellamani Harini MD Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Sucheta Joshi MD Michigan Medicine
  • Cynthia Keator MD Cook Children’s Hospital
  • Kelly Knupp MD Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • John Mytinger MD Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Anup Patel MD Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Asim Shahid MD Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
  • Renée Shellhaas MD MS Michigan Medicine
  • Daniel Shrey MD Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Elissa Yozawitz MD Montefiore Medicine
  • Christopher Yuskaitis MD Boston Children’s Hospital
Please peruse the high yield statement and share with your colleagues and trainees.
Take care,
Phillip L. Pearl MD
President, Child Neurology Society
Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
William G. Lennox Chair, Department of Neurology
Boston Children’s Hospital
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Music and Health Institute, Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA