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Neurosurgeon considers new ways to treat the excess fluid of hydrocephalus

Satish Krishnamurthy, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

Satish Krishnamurthy, MD
(photo by Jim Howe)

Brain surgery to install a device called a shunt is currently the only solution for hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain. Most research on this condition is related to devising a better shunt. Upstate neurosurgeon Satish Krishnamurthy, MD, however, is seeking a better solution, one that could help a greater number of people, with fewer risks and that avoids surgery. He explains his theories about hydrocephalus and his research into how it could be treated someday. His theory builds on discoveries about how fluids pass through cells that won the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Krishnamurthy's research is sponsored in part by the Syracuse-based nonprofit REaCH Organization and the hydrocephalus fund at the Upstate Foundation.