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

Dr. Robin Bowman practices pediatric neurosurgery in Chicago, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Dr. Bowman's areas of expertise include neurosurgery, hydrocephalus, and neonatal surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She is accepting new patients. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Bowman has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Tadanori Tomita specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Patients rated Dr. Tomita highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include head injury, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and spine tumor. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kobe University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Tomita has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Japanese. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Tomita is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Tord Alden is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Alden attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His areas of expertise include spinal deformity, head injury, and neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alden takes. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Head Injury, Spinal Deformity, 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, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Engelhard include spinal cord tumor, intracranial hematoma, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).

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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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