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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His clinical interests include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Partington's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Partington's residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Partington speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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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. He has a special interest in hydrocephalus, seizures, and epilepsy. Dr. Graupman's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. He is professionally 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 sees patients in Burnsville, MN, Minnetonka, MN, and Saint Paul, MN. Her medical specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Areas of expertise for Dr. Song include chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and spina bifida. She takes Medicare insurance. 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. Her professional affiliations include 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 specializes in pediatric surgery and neurosurgery. He has a special interest in chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and seizures. Dr. Kim is affiliated with Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a pediatric neurosurgeon. Ms. Laine's areas of expertise include hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. She takes Medicare insurance. She is 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. These areas are among her clinical interests: hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. Ms. Schultz is professionally affiliated with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

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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 has indicated that her clinical interests include hydrocephalus, brain injury, and spina bifida. She honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. 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.

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