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We found 4 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Health Net Seniority Plus Ruby near Sacramento, CA.

Dr. Rudolph J Schrot, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; #500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Rudolph Schrot specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Sacramento, CA and Fairfield, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schrot include neurosurgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schrot accepts. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Schrot attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school.

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Dr. Samuel F Ciricillo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; Suite 500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Ciricillo works as a pediatric neurosurgeon in Sacramento, CA. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In Dr. Ciricillo's practice, he is particularly interested in gamma knife radiosurgery and neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ciricillo has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Michael Gene Chez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1625 Stockton Boulevard; Suite 104
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Michael Chez, who practices in Sacramento, CA and Roseville, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. He has a special interest in neurological disorders. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chez accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Chez attended Indiana University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dr. Chez is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Nalini Chandra, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1625 Stockton Boulevard; Suite 104
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Nalini Chandra is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chandra include neurological disorders. Dr. Chandra is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Chandra trained at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). She is accepting new patients.

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What is Hydrocephalus?

Normally, the brain is bathed in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions and nurtures the brain cells as it flows around and through the brain. Sometimes, cerebrospinal fluid does not get reabsorbed into the body properly, or a blockage in the brain can stop it from flowing. This causes a buildup of pressure called hydrocephalus. This condition affects a wide range of people, but it is much more prevalent among infants and older adults. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and blurred vision, and eventually may cause brain damage.

Hydrocephalus is most often treated with an implanted device called a shunt. A shunt is a long, thin tube that is used to drain excess fluid. One end is placed within the brain. The tube runs under the skin, along the neck behind the ear, and to another part of the body where the fluid can be reabsorbed. Most often this is the abdomen, but the chest or other areas can also be used. Shunts have a valve that allows doctors to monitor and control the pressure within the brain. Insertion of a shunt is a surgical procedure that takes one to two hours. Incisions are made in the head and the abdomen, and the shunt is threaded into place before the openings are stitched closed.

In cases where hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage, a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV, may be performed. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a dime-sized hole in the skull and uses a thin tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) to see inside the brain. The surgeon punctures a hole in the floor of the third ventricle, a fluid-filled space within the brain. The hole provides an opening for cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the blockage, normalizing pressure. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can often go home the following day. ETV can provide a permanent and safe alternative to a shunt, but it is only useful for patients whose hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage.