The Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine provides our patients with diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired cerebrospinal fluid disorders of the brain and spine. Patients can have these disorders as a child or as an adult and the center provides transitional care across ages.

The Center offers state-of-the-art surgical treatment and care based on current clinical standards and guidelines, working in close collaboration with patient advocacy groups (Hydrocephalus Association, Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation, International Ehlers-Danlos Society). We also collaborate with national and international scientists to explore novel treatment approaches in hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation and Ehlers Danlos neurological disorders.

Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital offer our patients a complete range of specialties required for treatment of those diseases: spine surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, ophthalmology, neurology, neonatology, pediatric and adult intensive care, and pain management.

Specialty Team

Division Director

Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine

Conditions We Treat

  • Tethered cord
  • Chiari malformations and associated abnormalities of the skull base and spine
  • Syringomyelia
  • Spina bifida
  • Craniofacial deformities
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Fetal hydrocephalus
  • Complex pediatric and adult onset hydrocephalus
  • Neurological manifestation of connective tissue disorders (i.e. tethered cord and Chiari malformation in Ehlers Danlos disease)
  • Arachnoid cysts and other congenital cysts


Neurosurgery Department

CSF Disorders Laboratory

Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center

Brain Tumor Surgery

Online Resources

Recent Patient Oriented Webinars 


In the News

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“The center will treat a variety of CSF disorders across all ages“

– Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

LPG Neurosurgery
593 Eddy Street, APC6
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 793-9166
Fax: (401) 444-2788