We found 6 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Aetna Leap near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Storm attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

Dr. Shih-Shan Lang Lang, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen's specialty is neurosurgery. For her residency, Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include the following: stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Chen has received 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, Chiari Malformation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nahla Khalek, MPH, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She graduated from New York Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for her residency. Dr. Khalek has a special interest in hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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

Dr. Julie Suzanne Moldenhauer, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her clinical interests encompass hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before performing her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Moldenhauer attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Moldenhauer is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Moldenhauer include: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Gregory G Heuer, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Heuer practices neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heuer honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy Surgery, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark P Johnson, MS, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Johnson's clinical interests include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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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.

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