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Hydrocephalus Program


The UCLA Hydrocephalus Program offers comprehensive diagnostic and state-of-the-art treatment options for patients with hydrocephalus. Our physicians are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus. To better serve our patients, patients can be evaluated at either Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood or Harbor-Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. The Adult Hydrocephalus Center at UCLA was one of the first established in the United States, and is a national and international referral center. Infants and young children with hydrocephalus are treated by the UCLA Pediatric Neurosurgery Program.

Diagnostic Services

  • Diagnostic evaluation for normal pressure hydrocephalus: Our Program uses a multidisciplinary team approach, with experts in both neurology and neurosurgery.
  • Evaluation of complex hydrocephalus: When necessary, we have extensive experience with continuous intracranial pressure monitoring and advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging techniques.
  • Advanced diagnostic neuroradiology: State-of-the-art MRI and computed tomography (CT) are available. This includes the use of powerful 3 Tesla MRI scanners when appropriate.

Treatment Services

  • Neuroendoscopy: We have expertise in the endoscopic management of hydrocephalus, including:
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy.
  • Endoscopic removal of lesions causing hydrocephalus.
  • Colloid cyst.
  • Arachnoid cyst.
  • Neurocysticercosis.
  • Compartmentalized hydrocephalus.
  • Trapped or Isolated Fourth Ventricle.
  • Slit ventricle syndrome.
  • Shunt Placement: Our program uses state-of-the-art technology, including programmable valves. We have extensive experience in the treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus.
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