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

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

Dr. Prithvi Narayan's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Narayan speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy, and spina bifida. He is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Narayan attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Healthfirst, United Healthcare POS, and more.

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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 Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Moldenhauer's areas of expertise consist of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moldenhauer takes. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Dr. Moldenhauer's distinctions 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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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

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 is a perinatologist. Dr. Khalek's areas of expertise include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She obtained her medical school training at New York Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Storm attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Storm accepts. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In Dr. Johnson's practice, he is particularly interested in hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen's specialty is neurosurgery. Her training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chen include: 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. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Heuer's medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heuer is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

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.