We found 5 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Peter P Sun, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Peter Sun is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sun has indicated that his clinical interests include neurosurgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sun attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York Downtown Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Yale University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Sun (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Japanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Dr. Sun's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Scoliosis, Dystonia, Brain Cancer, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Candida M Brown, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 306
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Candida Brown is a pediatric neurologist in Pleasant Hill, CA. Her clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Brown attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Moffitt Hospital, San Francisco. Patients gave Dr. Brown an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Migraine, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Peripheral ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Lauren Ostling specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ostling takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spasticity, Brain Tumor

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rachel Kuperman, who practices in Brentwood, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Oakland, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Kuperman studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kuperman completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Kuperman welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Headache, Mitochondrial Disease, Down Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, Cerebral Palsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Marisa Gardner practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Brentwood, CA. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Headache, Mitochondrial Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Encephalopathy, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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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.

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