Infants and children with hydrocephalus have a different set of primary care needs, are more prone to having learning disabilities, and can lag behind in social activities. Because neurosurgeons who concentrate on pediatric care attend to more infants and children than other neurosurgeons, they are more capable of meeting the patient’s and the family’s needs for physical, emotional and psychological care.
Over the past few years, neurosurgeons who predominantly treat pediatric patients (children and infants) organized the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS). Although not yet recognized by the ABMS as a medical specialty, ABPNS began certifying pediatric neurosurgeons in 1996. A list of board certified pediatric neurosurgeons is updated on the Internet at:http://www.abpns.org/