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Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Clinic

Founded in 2014, this specialty clinic at Monroe Carell studies and treats a rare childhood genetic disorder.

Alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) typically develops before 18 months of age. It causes a host of problems including sporadic paralysis, seizures, debilitating muscle contractions, abnormal eye movement, difficulty walking and developmental delays. The gene that causes AHC was only recently determined, so we expect more children will be diagnosed as awareness of the disease grows.

Conditions We Treat

  • Alternating hemiplegia of childhood

Why Choose the AHC Clinic at Children's Hospital

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    Experienced care

    Our team has years of experience caring for children and adolescents with AHC. In addition to clinical care, we have robust research programs in AHC. This combination of clinical and research excellence will ensure that the best and most up to date care will be provided.

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    Expertise in AHC

    Kevin C. Ess, M.D., Ph.D. directed the establishment of our AHC clinic. Dr. Ess is the Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Vanderbilt, an accomplished physician-scientist, and specializes in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy. His research interests focus on neurogenetic disorders, including AHC and tuberous sclerosis complex.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:


2200 Children's Way, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.