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Dr. Melanie Alarcio

Pediatric Neurology
Mesa, AZ
34 years experience female

Locations

Office

Mesa, AZ

Address

5131 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ
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Aetna Life Insurance Company

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About

Bio

I am a practicing pediatric neurologist in the state of Arizona but am also licensed in California. I have special interest in PANDAS and PITAND and the emerging field of neuro-immunology.

Specialties
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Pediatric Neurology

Doctor Q&A

11 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
MDs treating PANDAS: Yes - I have been successful in treating cases of pandas using antibiotics, steroids, supplements and even ivig - but a thorough medical history and e... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Sometimes: This is a sodium channel blocker that is an anti-seizure but has an effect on other brain receptors. It can also increase amounts of serotonin, Dopami... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Likely, bt not alwys: Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury can involve both an indirect and direct hit to the head even if there are no obvious bruises, lumps or cuts.... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Not infection: There is a condition called pandas or pans that is immune-mediated and part of the treatment is using antibiotics. Some of these kids manifest "autis... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Not always: Not always. While there are hereditary forms, it can also be caused by trauma, infections and more commonly, by some medications.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Rescue & Preventive: Some migraines respond to an NSAID (ibuprofen, naproxen) alone and something with caffeine but the usual rescue mediation for a migraine are the tript... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Not all the time: There is a specific type of vocal tic called coprolalia and this means cursing or saying an obscene, foul or derogatory word repetitively and involunt... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Some psych meds: Meds like lithium, sedatives, barbiturates, benzos can all cause some findings in the eeg - most often, we will repeat the eeg once you are off the me... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Motor and vocal tics: Diagnostic criteria for tourette syndrome includes the presence of 2 or more motor tics and 1 or more vocal tics that start before the age of 21 and h... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Symptomatic treatmen: Hsp is a group of inherited disorders, often insidiously progressive and severe. There are no effective treatments to the underlying damage to the ner... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 34 years experience
Possibly: Most people with epilepsy live a full and healthy life, and should not spend time worrying about potential epilepsy-related catastrophes. While epilep... Read More

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HealthTap member
Dec 30, 2015
Our autistic son has many problems, when we came to Dr A, things were bad! I'm happy to say, he's doing so much better these days due to her direction.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Alarcio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Alarcio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you very much! I appreciate your time. As an sleep seizure epileptic, this worried me greatly. My seizures are generally mild. Thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I've been asking local doctors this & none has ever heard of this. Thx
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

R magsaysay mem med ctr
Graduated 1988MD

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
Child Neurology Society
American Academy of Pediatrics
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