We found 7 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus near Duluth, MN.

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Dr. Michael David Partington, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Lakewalk Center, Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Michael Partington's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Partington include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. He is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital, M Health Clinics and Surgery Center, and Gillette St. Paul Campus. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Partington takes Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida

Dr. Patrick Caryl Graupman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
1420 London Road; Lakewalk Center, Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Patrick Graupman specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Graupman obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Areas of expertise for Dr. Graupman include hydrocephalus, seizures, and epilepsy. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Graupman's professional affiliations include Regions Hospital and Gillette St. Paul Campus.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy, Seizures

Dr. Peter David Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Peter Kim is a pediatric surgery and neurosurgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and seizures. Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include Regions Hospital and Gillette St. Paul Campus. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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All Interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy, Seizures

Dr. Debbie K Song, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Lakewalk Center, Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Debbie Song's specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Song's clinical interests encompass chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and spina bifida. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition. She is affiliated with Regions Hospital and Gillette St. Paul Campus.

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All Interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida

Alaina Marie Matzke
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Lakewalk Center, Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Ms. Alaina Laine's specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. She has a special interest in hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. Ms. Laine is professionally affiliated with Gillette St. Paul Campus. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Brain Injury, Spina Bifida

Teresa Ann Schultz
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Lakewalk Center, Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Ms. Teresa Schultz specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. She has a special interest in hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. Ms. Schultz is professionally affiliated with Gillette St. Paul Campus.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Brain Injury, Spina Bifida

Amanda R Seeley
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Lakewalk Center, Suite 210
Duluth, MN
 

Ms. Amanda Seeley practices neurosurgery. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. Ms. Seeley is affiliated with Gillette St. Paul Campus. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Brain Injury, Spina Bifida

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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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