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

Dr. Candida Brown is a specialist in pediatric neurology. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Moffitt Hospital, San Francisco. Her clinical interests include neurological disorders. Dr. Brown has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Brown's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Peter Sun's specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sun include neurosurgery. Dr. Sun's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Sun graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His training includes residency programs 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 distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Sun (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Japanese. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. His 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. Lauren Rose Ostling, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Lauren Ostling works as a pediatric neurosurgeon. She is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Ostling graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Ostling trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spasticity, Brain Tumor

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rachel Kuperman's specialty is pediatric neurology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kuperman takes. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Kuperman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Kuperman's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Marisa Gardner, who practices in Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Brentwood, CA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gardner is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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