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

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

Dr. Michael Partington's specialty is neurosurgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Partington's clinical interests include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Dr. Partington is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Partington include: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Burnsville, MN, Saint Paul, MN, and Mankato, MN. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Graupman has a special interest in hydrocephalus, seizures, and epilepsy. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Graupman honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy, Seizures

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

Dr. Debbie Song, who practices in Burnsville, MN, Minnetonka, MN, and Saint Paul, MN, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. Her areas of clinical interest consist of chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and spina bifida. Dr. Song is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Song 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 professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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All Interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida

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

Dr. Peter Kim practices pediatric surgery and neurosurgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and seizures. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Kim trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Kim's hospital/clinic affiliations include Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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All Interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy, Seizures

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

Ms. Alaina Laine specializes in pediatric neurosurgery and practices in Duluth, MN and Saint Paul, MN. Areas of particular interest for Ms. Laine include hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. She is professionally affiliated with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Ms. Seeley is especially interested in hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. She takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Brain Injury, Spina Bifida

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

Ms. Teresa Schultz's area of specialization is pediatric neurosurgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. She is affiliated with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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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.