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Dr. Tadanori Tomita, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
201 E. Huron; Suite 12-240
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tadanori Tomita's area of specialization is pediatric neurosurgery. He attended Kobe University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: head injury, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and spine tumor. Dr. Tomita's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tomita accepts. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Japanese. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tomita's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Spine Tumor, Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin Marie Bowman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
225 East Chicago Avenue; Box 28
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robin Bowman is a specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bowman include neurosurgery, hydrocephalus, and neonatal surgery. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Bowman attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Bowman highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Neonatal Surgery, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Neurosurgery

Dr. Tord D Alden, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
201 E. Huron; Suite 12-240
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tord Alden's medical specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Alden include spinal deformity, head injury, and neurosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Alden attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency.

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All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Spinal Deformity, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Brachial ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert H Engelhard III, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1740 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Herbert Engelhard practices neurosurgery in Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Engelhard include spinal cord tumor, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). Dr. Engelhard attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Engelhard takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Cervical Spine Problems, Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Problems, Spinal Cord Tumor, ... (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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