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Adult Hydrocephalus

Adult Hydrocephalus

AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center

Hydrocephalus is a complex neurological condition that affects 1 million Americans. It is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in the ventricles of the brain, usually through an obstruction of the flow of CSF, or the failure of the body to reabsorb the CSF. If it is not present at birth or in childhood, hydrocephalus may develop in adults. Hydrocephalus can have many causes including tumors, bacterial infections such as meningitis, hemorrhaging or bleeding within the brain, and traumatic injury. At times, no definitive cause can be identified. There are many types of hydrocephalus that can affect adults and all can present with different types of symptoms.

AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center Mission

The AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center is focused on providing state-of-the-art care for our patients in the evaluation, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of hydrocephalus. The multidisciplinary approach is important given the common symptoms associated with adult onset hydrocephalus, such as difficulty walking or memory trouble. These symptoms can be caused by a variety of other medical conditions, not specifically hydrocephalus. By a thorough medical and physical examination, other causes of these symptoms may be identified and treated, thus protecting patients from unnecessary invasive tests or unindicated surgical treatment. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures patients who have hydrocephalus are afforded the best chance of reducing their symptoms and improving their quality of life.

The AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center Team

At the AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center, you will receive comprehensive medical care by the members of our multidisciplinary team who specialize in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of hydrocephalus.

If you are concerned that you or your loved one is suffering from hydrocephalus and would like an evaluation at the AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center, please call 412.359.6010 for an appointment.

Our Location:

Allegheny General Hospital
320 East North Avenue
6th Floor, South Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Jody Leonardo, MD, FAANS, FACS
Director, AHN Adult Hydrocephalus Center
Department of Neurosurgery
Department of Neuroendoscopy
AHN Neuroscience Institute

Barbara Baser
Neurosurgical Nurse
AHN Neuroscience Institute

Tanya Brentzel, DPT
Physical Therapist
Neurological Division
AHN Rehabilitation Services

Camille Conley
Neurosurgcial Office

Megan Korczynski, MPT
Physical Therapist
Neurological Division
AHN Rehabilitation Services


Ian Saxer, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant
AHN Neuroscience Institute