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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 is a neurosurgery specialist in Sacramento, CA and Fairfield, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schrot include neurosurgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schrot attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schrot's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Samuel Ciricillo's medical specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Ciricillo is especially interested in gamma knife radiosurgery and neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Ciricillo attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Ciricillo has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is accepting 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's specialty is pediatric neurology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Chez include neurological disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chez takes. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Chez's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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

Dr. Nalini Chandra's specialty is pediatric neurology. Patient ratings for Dr. Chandra average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chandra include neurological disorders. Dr. Chandra's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Her practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Dr. Chandra attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school.

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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.