We found 7 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Aetna Leap Specialty near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Prithvi Narayan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Prithvi Narayan is a neurosurgeon. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Narayan is especially interested in hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy, and spina bifida. He is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Healthfirst, and United Healthcare POS. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Narayan trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Narayan is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Spinal Cord Tumor, Spasticity, Brain ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer is a perinatologist. Her clinical interests include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Moldenhauer honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Moldenhauer trained at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital for her residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among her clinical interests: hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Khalek is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended medical school at New York Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Khalek (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm's specialty is neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Storm honors. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency.

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All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Dr. Johnson takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. In her practice, she is particularly interested in stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen honors. Dr. Chen's training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has received the following distinctions: Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery - University of Pennsylvania; Fellowship grant CP Angle Endoscopic - Microvascular Decompression - Karl Storz; and Enfolded Fellowship in endoscopic skull base neurosurgery - University of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Aneurysm, Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Stroke, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Heuer specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Heuer is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy Surgery, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor

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What is Hydrocephalus?

Normally, the brain is bathed in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions and nurtures the brain cells as it flows around and through the brain. Sometimes, cerebrospinal fluid does not get reabsorbed into the body properly, or a blockage in the brain can stop it from flowing. This causes a buildup of pressure called hydrocephalus. This condition affects a wide range of people, but it is much more prevalent among infants and older adults. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and blurred vision, and eventually may cause brain damage.

Hydrocephalus is most often treated with an implanted device called a shunt. A shunt is a long, thin tube that is used to drain excess fluid. One end is placed within the brain. The tube runs under the skin, along the neck behind the ear, and to another part of the body where the fluid can be reabsorbed. Most often this is the abdomen, but the chest or other areas can also be used. Shunts have a valve that allows doctors to monitor and control the pressure within the brain. Insertion of a shunt is a surgical procedure that takes one to two hours. Incisions are made in the head and the abdomen, and the shunt is threaded into place before the openings are stitched closed.

In cases where hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage, a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV, may be performed. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a dime-sized hole in the skull and uses a thin tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) to see inside the brain. The surgeon punctures a hole in the floor of the third ventricle, a fluid-filled space within the brain. The hole provides an opening for cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the blockage, normalizing pressure. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can often go home the following day. ETV can provide a permanent and safe alternative to a shunt, but it is only useful for patients whose hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage.