Hydrocephalus Clinic

Diagnosis

Our comprehensive clinical program in hydrocephalus treats children with every form of hydrocephalus. Quickly and safely diverting the excess fluid (CSF) is essential. Our specialists use a variety of innovative diagnostic procedures for hydrocephalus including:

  • Ultrasounds

  • Computed Tomography (CT) scans,

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Intracranial pressure monitoring

 

We also assess families of infants diagnosed with hydrocephalus in utero (prenatal) for further evaluation and treatment recommendations. We work closely with other experts including genetic counselors, imaging specialists and social workers to meet all of your child's needs, including treatment for other related conditions.

How do I know if my child has symptoms of hydrocephalus?

 

Children with hydrocephalus may present in a variety of ways and even subtle changes can mean your child should be evaluated. Please click here to learn more.

Treatment Options

 

We have unparalleled experience in performing the following surgical procedures for safe and effective CSF diversion

  • Shunt placements

  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV)

 

Our Hydrocephalus Program clinicians are also engaged in important scientific research with great promise for better understanding, treatment and—one day—prevention of hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. Some of our current research projects include:

Analyzing crucial periods in a child's brain development

  • Understanding the biological mechanisms of brain injury

  • Examining the role of molecular genetics in conditions like hydrocephalus

Our hydrocephalus clinical and research program is nationally known for offering the latest in surgical, genetic and research evaluations. Dr. Vogel was the first surgeon and investigator to research genetics of hydrocephalus.

Our surgeons have also described, pioneered, refined, and taught other neurosurgeons  the use of minimally-invasive surgical techniques — including endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV)  to treat hydrocephalus. Our comprehensive program seeks to reduce the risk of complications from hydrocephalus and bring awareness to this common neurological condition.